November 6, 2008

Activision: PS3 to outsell 360 in 2008

Posted in General at 9:00 pm by playstation3

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While it’s certainly true that Nintendo continues to lead the console war by a gigantic amount, many publishers believe the PlayStation 3 is capable of closing the gap over the next few years. Heck, the PS3 has already narrowed the gap significantly and is creeping up on the Xbox 360.

According to GameDaily, Activision has faith in Sony’s machine. During a conference call after the publisher’s third-quarter earnings report, Activision CEO Mike Griffith talked about his company’s expectations for console growth, and he had some encouraging things to say about the PS3. He said he thinks the Xbox 360 will grow by another six or seven million units for this calendar year, but the PS3 will grow by another eight million units. Of course, Griffith says the Wii will continue to sprint along and sell another 15 million units this calendar year, but that comes as no surprise to anyone. He has high hopes for the handhelds as well, but again, it’s nothing earth-shattering. But Activision is arguably the world’s largest publisher, and to have them projecting good results for the PS3, that’s undeniably good news for owners of Sony’s next-gen machine. And they’ve got a ton of games in the hopper, so the more they’re willing to see the PS3’s success, the better the prospects are for the future.

We’ve heard similar things from publishers like EA, where they believe the PS3 has a lot more potential in terms of both technical achievement and sales. And with great exclusives like Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, LittleBigPlanet, and Resistance 2 leading the way, the path continues to be blazed.

Resistance 2 online requires new PS3 firmware

Posted in General at 8:57 pm by playstation3

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Owners of Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 will be required to download the latest firmware in order to play the game title Resistance 2 online.

Sony this week released a new firmware update to Playstation 3 owners.

Firmware v2.52 is said to improve the playback quality of some PS3 format software and fix a text entry issue that occurs when using the on-screen keyboard, USB keyboard or Bluetooth keyboard with some PS3 format software.

Resistance 2 includes cooperative and competitive online modes. It is compatible with the new PS3 Bluetooth Headset.

Sony this week released Resistance 2 to U.S. retail in a $59.99 stand-alone SKU and a $79.99 Collector’s Edition SKU.

Resistance 2 is the first-person follow up to the PS3 launch title Resistance: Fall of Man.

The latest version will include 300-ft enemies and new online multiplayer modes.

Retailer is concurrently offering $100 off the purchase of an 80GB PS3 and four select Warner Bros. Blu-ray titles.

Sony in Oct. said that sales for the PS3 are up 86 percent in year-over-year sales for the second quarter.

The company sold 2.43 million PS3 units between July and Sept. compared to 1.31 million units the year prior.

Wal-Mart to offer PS3 buyers $100 gift card

Posted in General at 8:54 pm by playstation3

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Wal-Mart has announced that it will hold special in-store sales this Saturday, as it looks to gain an edge over rivals in the holiday sales season. The retailer held similar sales leading up to the holidays last year.

Wal-Mart says the sale will begin at 8 a.m. on 8 November, and will see offers such as a Sony PS3 video game console with a $100 gift card going for $399, a basic Compaq laptop for $298, and a Sanyo 46-inch LCD high-definition television for $898.

The move comes as retailers prepared for one of the worst holiday seasons in decades. Wal-Mart has said that it expects its shoppers to begin their gift-buying earlier this year, as they look to stretch their budgets. The retailer has been forced to start cutting prices on popular toys to attract cash-strapped shoppers looking for bargains.

Fallout 3 ships 4.7 million in first week

Posted in General at 8:51 pm by playstation3

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There’s no doubt Fallout 3 came into its release week with a head of steam after nothing but positive previews and the lingering success of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

In no way could we predict Bethesda would ship a total of 4.7 million copies for Xbox 360, PS3 and the PC for the game’s opening week of sales.

Many of those copies moved, too, with total week one sales topping an impressive $300 million. Not even The Dark Knight boasts those kinds of opening week numbers.

With this kind of success, it will be difficult not to select Fallout 3 as game of the year.