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Sony's PlayStation 3 Outsells the Nintendo Wii in Japan

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284w ago - Sony's PlayStation 3 has outsold Nintendo's Wii console in Japan for the first time in 16 months.

To quote: Last month, Sony shifted 146,948 units of the PS3 compared to 99,335 Wiis, reported publishing firm Enterbrain.

While some suggest it could signal the end of Nintendo's dominance, others think it is unlikely that the PS3 will threaten the Wii's popularity globally.

Meanwhile, Nintendo's revamped DSi console sold 92,000 units in the UK during its first weekend of sales. It makes it the fourth biggest ever console launch.

Experts see the dominance of the PS3 during March as a temporary blip rather than a sign of Nintendo's decline.

Microsoft however only shifted 43,172 units of its Xbox 360 during the same period. Games such as Resident Evil 5 and the latest version of action adventure Ryu Ga Gotoku 3 are credited with driving demand for the PS3 in Japan.

But Wii sales remain extremely buoyant. During March global sales of Nintendo's Wii console passed 50 million, making the Wii the fastest-selling games console in history, surpassing the PlayStation 2.

"PS3 hardware sales picked up due to brisk-selling software. But I don't see any drastic change in the industry landscape," Okasan Securities analyst Masashi Morita told the AFP news...
 

PlayTV Patch 1.10 for Sony's PlayStation 3 is Now Available

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284w ago - A new patch for PlayTV on the PS3 has been released, with one of the major changes being that it now does automatic upscaling from SD to HD.

A couple of other small changes such as being able to jump directly into the TV mode From The XMB are also included. Additionally, Eastern Europeans can rejoice as it seems the MPEG 4 decoding issue has been resolved!

To quote: A patch for the PlayStation 3 European digital TV add-on, PlayTV, has now been released bringing it to version 1.10. The patch was announced a few days ago but I thought I'd wait until it was actually out in the open before writing anything about it.

The key change in this update is the addition of automatic upscaling from Standard Definition (SD) broadcasts to High Definition (HD). HD is the big thing now y'hear, so this is a good thing!

A few sound enhancement have been made too, such as volume control with the Official PS3 Blu-ray remote and audio normalisation (similar to the feature added to music playback in firmware 2.70).

You can now also jump directly into TV mode from the XMB, so you don't need the hassle of going through the PlayTV menus beforehand. In terms of playback, other than the sound changes, the only other change is slightly better rewind and fastforword handling, with new speeds...
 

Worms is Coming to Sony's PlayStation Network, New Screens

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285w ago - Any of you who have been listening to our podcasts know that we LOVE the Worms game. And with the recent announcement that there will be a Worms for the iPhone, we're more than happy to hear about the upcoming PSN version for the European Store, as PlayStation owners have been missing out on this classic game of turn based strategy.

Just because you've missed out on all of the Worms action in the past, doesn't mean they've simply ported the XBLA Worms over to the PSN.

No sir, this is a fully expanded and honed edition that features additional retro-styled landscapes, a wide-r variety of team voices, additional graphic features and effects, much more responsive physics engine, 1080p support and four additional weapons including the much loved Holy Hand Grenade, Super Sheep and Concrete Donkey.

Check out the new screen-shots below (more linked above) and get your worms ready for battle!
 

IGN AU's Pre-E3 2009 Sony PlayStation Predictions

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285w ago - E3 2009 kicks off again on June 2 this year - and while that's still a couple months off, IGN AU has layed its cards on the table and made a few educated guesses about what might be shown.

2008 has been the Sony PS3's strongest year, while almost in direct correlation to how poorly the PSP performed in many markets.

This E3, we're expecting big things on both console fronts - the PS3 could use a price cut and the PSP needs a successor - two things we're expecting to come out of Sony's E3 presentation.

Elsewhere, we're predicting the announcement of Sony's foray into 3D gaming as well as a playable version of Gran Turismo 5, video of Team ICO's next title and a continued push on the PlayStation Home front. We're also tipping an off-chase of a PS3 redesign to bring it in line with PSOne and PS2 Slim models. Will these pan out, or have we missed the mark completely?

95% - First 3D-compatible titles announced
Our thoughts: Sony has been demonstrating true 3D compatibility for titles like WipEout and MotorStorm at technology trade shows. We're almost positive that where there's smoke, there's 3D. Sony's very likely to announce downloadable patches for these games to make them 3D-compatible, as well as the promise of future compatibility with major releases.
 

Sony: Support the PlayStation Portable Better in the Rest of 2009

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285w ago - According to reports, the PSP is showing [Register or Login to view links] for Sony over previous years.

In Q1 of 2009, PSP hardware sales are up 75% from last year and software sales are up over 20%. Despite this growth, many are worried as it's yet to catch up to PS3 or even PS2's formidable numbers.

Huh... That's kinda weird. Like myself, you've probably noticed that when you visit your favorite retailer, the PSP section has been getting smaller and smaller.

This appears to be the result of the PSP's candle burning at both ends. On the one hand, retailers are devoting less space to the PSP in favor of more popular products. On the other hand, developers are complaining about the level of difficulty in programming games for the device, especially when dealing with the UMD format. For most, it's just not worth the hassle.

However, 2008 showed a spectacular increase in business through digital distribution. Seeing this, Sony's announced great plans for expanding their PlayStation Store. Many developers, such as Capcom, have also [Register or Login to view links] in taking advantage of this...
 
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