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Sony: Get a PSPgo for as Low as $199 This Holiday Season

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258w ago - Sony's PlayStation Portable Marketing Manager Kristin Neirinckx has introduced a promotion on the PS Blog geared towards those seeking to get a PSPgo console this holiday season for $199.

To quote: Due to the overwhelming response to last year's holiday promotions for the PlayStation Card, we have new exciting incentive, this time giving you the chance to save $50 on a brand new PSPgo.

From now until December 31, 2009 when you apply for the PlayStation Card, you could be instantly approved and for limited time receive a $50 card credit when you purchase the new PSPgo at [Register or Login to view links].

Plus, spend an additional $200 or more over four months on games and accessories at PlayStation Network with your new PlayStation Card and earn another $50 card credit. Find out more [Register or Login to view links].

Plus, unlike ordinary credit cards, the PlayStation Card gives you access to exclusive members-only deals on Sony products and the opportunity to pile up points at the PlayStation Card website for your chance to win fantastic Sony prizes.

Now if only it could wrap all those gifts, as well!
 

God of War Blu-ray Disc Compilation Arrives This Holiday Season

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268w ago - Update: The official boxart is now added below, and those interested can pre-order God of War: Collection for $39.99 from [Register or Login to view links].

SCEA Product Marketing Manager Anthony Caiazzo announced today that the God of War Collection - Blu-ray Disc Compilation will be available this holiday season.

To quote: The fans spoke and we listened. For those that recall the God of War survey conducted earlier this year, an overwhelming amount of the community suggested the PlayStation 2 experiences of Kratos be brought forth to the PlayStation 3.

Thanks to your feedback, we are excited to announce the God of War Collection for this Holiday Season. Now fans and newcomers to the series can experience the epic journey of God of War and God of War II in 720p HD form. Both titles have been remastered with anti-aliased graphics, running at 60 frames per second for a smooth gameplay experience, only on the PS3 system. Additionally, the Blu-ray Disc compilation will bring the PlayStation Network (PSN) trophy support to the franchise for the very first time.

This is your chance to experience God of War is its true form before the chaos of God of War III hits store shelves come March 2010.

Here's the full Press Release:
 

PlayStation 3 Had a Strong Holiday Season, Says Sony

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302w ago - Not to be bested in the battle of marketing spins by Microsoft, Sony has released figures of their own to spin people's perception of the PS3's success. Sony claims that the year-over-year drop in sales during November was simply an anomaly and that the system has actually seen much better numbers overall.

There was understandably some concern following the release of the November NPDs when the PS3 was the only system of the three current-gen consoles to sell fewer consoles than in November 2007. But Sony claims this was an unusual set of circumstances that can be traced back to "an abnormally strong month due to a price cut (with) the introduction of the 40GB PS3," referring to that SKU's release on November 2, 2007.

Sony Computer Entertainment America VP Ian Jackson said (via [Register or Login to view links]):

We've had a solid holiday season and have delivered consistent growth throughout this year. 2008 was a pivotal year for PlayStation with the best software line up in the industry, a dramatic expansion of PlayStation Network including the launches of the video delivery service and the beta of the PlayStation Home.

Early internal data points to an increase of more than 130 percent of PS3 hardware sales for the holiday season --...
 

Resistance is Futile This Holiday Season

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311w ago - This Christmas, both Sony and Microsoft are placing their bets on a bunch of ugly aliens and a couple of anti-heroes who are almost as ugly.

The massive gaming companies are going head-to-head in the build-up to the crucial holiday sales season with two much anticipated and very similar titles, Resistance 2 and Gears of War 2.

The games, both sequels, are first-person shooters, in which the player assumes the role of the man behind the big gun and the main antagonists are sharp-toothed aliens. Both games were released this week.

In Resistance 2, the invading creatures are called the Chimera, horrific beings that have the ability to turn mankind into disfigured slaves. In Gears of War 2, the focus shifts to stopping the evil Locust Horde, a subterranean race trying to exterminate the human race. In both titles, it's up to the dysfunctional hero to save the day.

But a far bigger battle is going on behind the scenes, where executives behind Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3) and Microsoft's Xbox 360 consoles are pouring millions of dollars into marketing campaigns to promote the two titles.

Traditionally, the November and December shopping months are the biggest for the gaming industry, and these two releases promise to be the shopping season's crown jewels.

According...
 

Nine Top Tech Flop Predictions for this Holiday Season

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311w ago - Whether victims of excessive hype or consumer stinginess, these would-be sizzlers are likely to fizzle this holiday season.

T-Mobile G1 - Price: $179 (with two-year contract)

Google's hotly anticipated push into operating systems for mobile phones was a media sensation, but HTC's version of its Android-powered device is falling short of the hype. Critics say the "Google phone," which went on sale Oct. 22, is a little clunky with design flaws like no earphone jack and an oddly jutting chin. Close, but no iPhone killer.

Zune video MP3 player - Price: $230

Microsoft's latest answer to the iPod, with 120 gigabytes of storage and a 3.2-inch high-resolution color screen, is a vast improvement over the original Zune, which debuted in 2006. But the new Zune faces the same problem as the iPod: Smartphones and other Web-enabled devices chock full of features (think iPhone) threaten to render these one-trick players obsolete.

MacBook Air - Price: $1,800

Apple's not known for its fashion victims. But the MacBook's ultraslim design, introduced in January, starved the sleek laptop of fattening conveniences like a DVD drive and an Ethernet port. After a booming reception, the Air's popularity flagged as consumers opted for more fully-featured notebooks....
 
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