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Sony discontinues 20GB & 60GB PS3s in Japan

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362w ago - Sony have announced today that it would discontinue shipment of both 20GB HDD and 60GB HDD configurations of PS3 after only 3 months since their launch there.

This will leave them with only the 40GB version which does not have backwards compatibility.

From the Press Release: Tokyo, January 10, 2008 - Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) today announced that it would discontinue shipment of both 20GB HDD and 60GB HDD configurations of PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3®) originally launched on November 11th 2006, in the Japanese market after the completion of the final shipment scheduled in January 2008. Upon termination of the shipment, the sales of both models will be limited to stock in the market.

Along with both the increased efforts to improve software development environment and the availability of a more extensive line-up of software titles for PS3, SCEI will vigorously promote the expansion of the PS3 platform by further concentrating on the 40GB HDD (CECHH00 Series) model introduced in November 2007, equipped with the core technology components that make PS3 the most advanced high-definition entertainment system while realizing lower power consumption.

Following the ever greater line-up of the PS3 software during this holiday season, more and more software titles are scheduled...
 

Japan Gets New Mint Green PSP

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362w ago - Looks like Japan is getting yet another PSP color. Sony Japan today announced a Mint Green PSP Slim and Lite. Set for release on Thursday, February 28, the new fangled color will retail at an MSRP of 19,800 yen.

Mint Green joins Japan's popular Blume series, favored especially by the female users.

To quote: Tokyo, January 9, 2008 - Sony Computer Entertainment Japan (SCEJ), a division of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) responsible for business operations in Japan, today announced that it would release PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system in a new "Mint Green" color. Beginning Thursday, February 28th, 2008, "Mint Green" will become available at a recommended retail price of 19,800 yen (including tax).

"Mint Green" is offered as an additional new color to the popular "Blume series" , favored especially by the female users. With a lineup of seven different color variations, users will be able to choose from a broader selection of colors to match their lifestyles and preferences.

Going into 2008, more exciting new software titles for PSP will become available from third party licensees as well as SCE Worldwide Studios, including "MONSTER HUNTER PORTABLE® 2nd G" (CAPCOM CO., LTD.), "WARRIORS OROCHI" (KOEI Co., Ltd.), "WORLD SOCCER...
 

First Skype PSP Screens; USB Mic Dated For Japan

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363w ago - Below are the first screenshots of Skype running on PSP. It's not much – but does give us an idea of what to expect.

The USB microphone accessory (also pictured) is set to hit Japan on January 24 as a standalone peripheral for 2,500 yen ($23).

A two-piece set will also be available on the same day for 4,000 yen ($36). Previously, the microphone was only available for purchase in a bundle package with the UMD game Talkman.
 

New PSN cards to hit Japan in Mid-December

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367w ago - Sony has revealed that their new PlayStation Network Cards will be released in Japan from December 13th.

Two versions will be available, retailing at 3000 and 5000 yen respectively and will work just like the Xbox 360 and Wii cards to make purchasing content that little bit easier.
 

Japan PlayStation 3 sales beat Wii

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368w ago - Monthly sales of Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3) games console in Japan have overtaken those of rival Nintendo Wii for the first time.

Boosted by price cuts and the introduction of a cheaper version, PS3 sales totalled 183,217 in November, compared with 159,193 for the Wii.

The closely-watched figures from game magazine publisher Enterbrain will come as a welcome boost for Sony.

But analysts predict that the Wii will continue to dominate globally.

Sustainable trend?

"Overseas, I don't really see the PS3 doing that much at Christmas time primarily because it's still more expensive than the other machines and has less software," said KBC Securities analyst Hiroshi Kamide.

Both the PS3 and the Wii were launched towards the end of last year.

Since then there have been some months in which five or six times as many Wii consoles have been sold in Japan.

"It's nice to see the PS3 selling much better than six months ago," added Mr Kamide.

"But is it a sustainable trend? Is it going to really escalate from here? I'm not so sure."

The Wii has benefited from a much lower price compared with both the PS3 and Microsoft's XBox, but also from the novelty of its handset, which is fitted with a motion sensor.
 
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