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PSN sales go from zero to hero - Sony "surprised"

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359w ago - A recent charge in users of the online PlayStation Network has surprised even Sony, SCEE president and CEO David Reeves says.

It seems the PSN has reaped the benefits of the recent turn of fortunes for the PS3, as Reeves stated: "One thing that has surprised us is in the Network purchases and the general level of interest that has been shown around the Network business."

He continues: "We've gone from zero to almost double-digit millions in terms of what people have purchased in euros.

"We've now got about two million PSN registrations. That's about 40 per cent of users. We've also had around 33 million downloads, which is a huge number. And we've got 25 stores up and running across the PAL territories," he told MCV.

Things should pick up even further when Sony unleashes its PSN virtual world, Home, later this year.
 

Blu-ray to accelerate PS3 sales, PS3 price cut by years end?

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362w ago - Analysts believe the Warner exclusive Blu-ray news is good for the PS3 and that Blu-rays success will lead to an acceleration of PS3 sales. Around 70 -80% of PS2 owners used the console as their first DVD player and the same could be true of PS3/Blu-ray.

Michael Pachter believes that this year HDTV penetration will cross 50% of households and thats when Blu-ray will become more relevant, and Sony will likely cut the price of the PS3. However others believe that exclusive games are the most important factor and Blu-ray is not a main concern.

To quote: Michael Pachter of Wedbush Morgan Securities thinks it's an important win, but the real impact won't be felt for some time since 1080p HDTV penetration is still fairly low. He does believe, however, that by the end of this year we'll start seeing a spike and that Sony will likely cut the price on PS3 by then as well.

Blu-ray has clearly gained momentum, and the upper hand, and the Warner announcement also provides a boost to the format, as well as for the advocates of Blu-ray as a standard. That said, locking up the suppliers of content and hardware manufacturers is only part of the equation. Consumers also must decide that they need a Blu-ray player, which seems more and more likely as prices decline," he said.

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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.
 

PS3 Systems Are In Abundance Post Black Friday

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368w ago - Well Black Friday is passed and if tradition serves correctly, it's the day that sets the trends for the holidays. How was the console war affected by Black Friday? Word on the streets is that Wii's are still hard to find, Xbox Premium and Elite systems are nowhere to be found and PS3 systems are everywhere, yet still selling.

If you want to get an 80gb or 40gb PS3, they are in plentiful piles. You can pretty much go to any store and buy one. Even thought the price drop has caused a sales surge, the stock from the past few months is in abundance. If you want a PS3 for Xmas, you should have no problems finding one.

Xbox 360's now come in 4 flavors: the Elite, the Premium, the Arcade and the Halo 3 box. Halo 3 boxes are easy to find. People just don't seem to like that color so they aren't jumping on it. Arcade systems are here and there. In my travels through many stores I was unable to find Premiums in abundance. Some stores had none at all while others had just a few. The Elite however, has disappeared off the planet. I did not see one Elite this weekend at all.

Wii stock is just like last year. It comes and it goes. It's just as popular as it was last Christmas if not more. I really thought they would be easier to find this year but Nintendo is doing it's best...
 

Bad box office sales blamed on Halo 3

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374w ago - It's been the worst October for North American movie ticket sales in years, and industry executives are pointing the finger at Master Chief.

Total cinema ticket sales in North America for the weekend of October 5 were a relatively meager $80 million--the worst results for an October weekend since 1999, reports Advertising Age.

Industry executives are wagging the finger at blockbuster game Halo 3, which was released in the US on September 26, made $170 million in its first day on sale, and at the last count, had made its creators Bungie and Microsoft more than $300 million.

But Bungie's gain is apparently the movie theatres' loss. Mike Hickey, an analyst at Janco Partners, commented, "The audience on this game is the 18-to-34 demographic, similar to what you'd see in cinemas. This could last for several weeks."

The Advertising Age article continues to warn that another box office drought may be ahead, as the release of Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto IV looms in the distance--current ETA the first quarter of 2008.
 
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