“Home,” the much talked about and long delayed virtual world from Sony, began accepting applications for beta testing in Japan. 10,000 Playstation 3 users will be allowed on the beta run, but only gamers with Japanese online accounts are allowed so far.
Starting today Best Buy is discounting the 20GB Xbox 360. The console is now on sale for $299, $50 less than it’s previous retail price of $349. The big box retailer is also offering a high-definition gaming bundle for $749 which saves you $200.
Microsoft is calling on Xbox Live developers to create Xbox 360 games and upload them onto the site. Developers can make money off the games when purchased, up to 70% of the sales revenue. Most games will sell between $2.50 and $10 which is based on a point system per game.
Todd Greenwald, an analyst at Signal Hill Capital Group in Baltimore was quoted as saying, “For the first time since the console launched, I really think there’s more reason to buy a PS3 than the 360.” He’s got good reason.
Microsoft today announced plans to partner with Netflix to offer high-definition (HD) content via Xbox Live. The partnership will make available what they call the world’s largest online library of on-demand high-definition TV shows and movies, numbered at over 10,000.
Sony confirmed yesterday that it recalled the latest firmware update for the PS3. The 2.40 update was released on Tuesday, and reports of problems started appearing right away on PS3 websites.
The company said the bugs were only experienced by …
2.40 software update for Sony’s Playstation 3 is officially available. The upgrade enhances person-to-person gaming by adding the long awaited XrossMediaBar (XMB) which allows players to link to other each other and communicate. And, the addition of the Trophy system allows players to share their skills with other players.
Sony said it expects Blu-ray to reign in profits close to $10 billion annually within three years. The company also said its gaming business would be profitable by the end of the fiscal year in March, 2009, much in part to increased PS3 software sales as well as lowered PS3 production costs.
Reports are that Hellboy: The Science of Evil is now shipping for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Sony PSP. The in-stock date noted on Amazon is June 27, just a couple days away. The release comes just a couple weeks short of the release of the new Hellboy movie Hellboy II: The Golden Army set for theatrical release on July 11.
Sony, the creator and manufacturer of Playstation 3, revealed yesterday that the company lost $2.16 billion in 2007, and $1.16 billion in 2008 on the PS3. Sony admits it was a business move that could have “significant negative impact”, especially if the console never reaches expected market penetration.
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, sold 464,926 copies in Japan during the first week of release. The game went on sale on June 12, and stayed at the top of the software charts. GameSpot UK reports that the release of MGS4 also boosted PS3 sales, up from 10,846 units the week before to 75,311 the week of the release.
NASCAR 09 was released yesterday for both the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. The high definition game from Electronic Arts features Jeff Gordon as your guide, offering advice for the challenges that you will face in the new career mode or in the Sprint Driver Challenges.
Here are 4 sneak previews of the upcoming Discovery Channel special “When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions”. The special series includes historical NASA footage restored to high-definition (HD) quality. The three-part series will start this coming Sunday, June 8, and continue on June 15 and June 22.
The current offer from Walmart that includes a $100 gift card with the purchase of a 40GB Playstation 3 has been sold out online. The gift card offer is still available in-store where the PS3 model is in stock. But rumors of Best Buy offering the same deal in stores seem to be just that, rumors.
Sony will cease to offer the Playstation 3 80GB bundled with “Motorstorm.” Instead of “Motorstorm,” newer bundle releases will include “Metal Gear Solid 4” and a DualShock 3 controller. According to an article by Joystiq, Sony stated that retailers would not longer receive any new inventory of the 80GB Motorstorm bundle.
Amazon is currently offering a bundle discount on the purchase of a 40GB Playstation 3. If you “Add to Cart” a Sony Playstation 3 Blu-ray Disc Remote and “The Fifth Element (Remastered)” on Blu-ray, you will get those two items for free.
Sales of “Grand Theft Auto IV” (GTA IV) broke the 24 hour sales record in the U.K. Sales topped 609,000, breaking the previous record set by “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” at 501,000 copies. The game is now the fastest selling game ever in the United Kingdom.
The Chinese language Economic Daily News has reported that an order has been placed from Microsoft to manufacture new Xbox 360s with an internal Blu-ray drive. Are the rumours true or is this just wishful thinking? If Microsoft does include the Blu-ray drive will it hurt their former statements that the Xbox 360 would focus on downloadable HD content via Xbox Live, and that the future of content is not with discs?