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Analyst Drops Blu-ray Player Sales Prediction by 25 Percent

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322w ago - The entertainment industry in general has been fortunate to avoid a lot of the economic strife other industries such as the housing market are enduring.

For the Blu-ray format, this is the most important holiday season yet where HD DVD is officially off the radar and titles are being released at a fast and furious pace.

With this in mind, Parks Associates earlier this year predicted 5 million Blu-ray players would sell globally in 2008, up from a combined 1.6 million combined HD DVD and Blu-ray players in 2007. At the time it appeared the economic climate would not affect the forecast.

In an email to BetaNews, Parks Associates has revised down their estimates by 25 percent, or 4.3 million worldwide and 2.2 million stateside, citing a softening of player sales that began in September. This is the month when player sales should have increased as holiday "deals" and revised pricing began to pop up at various retailers.

Taken at face value this news is depressing to Blu-ray adopters and those still on the fence. But there's one important missing piece of information in these estimates that will dramatically boost Blu-ray player sales.

The estimates do not include PlayStation 3 sales.

Now granted, most PlayStation 3 consoles moved this holiday season...
 

PSP FuSa SD v1.0.47 with 5.00 M33 Support Released

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322w ago - Today OldPrisoneR has updated FuSa for the PlayStation Portable, which is a Custom Firmware Plug-In allowing users to play PSP games on televisions regardless of input cable type.

Download: PSP FuSa SD v1.0.47 with 5.00 M33 Support

Changes:

- SpeeDBoosteR for PSOne games was deleted (Use 5.0 M33 to play PSOne games on TV)
- New hotkey (DisableEnable plug-in)
- Configuration file
- Adjustable hotkeys
- Adjustable screen position
- No more "grab vram" option (use FuSa ScreenShoot! instead of it)
- Dox aren't included (Use dox from v1.0.47)

Package contains following languages:

- ENGLISH
- RUSSIAN
- FRENCH
- GERMAN
- ITALIAN
- HEBREW
- SPANISH
- PORTUGUESE
- TURKISH
 

Microsoft, This is How You Blow Your PS3 Lead in Japan

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322w ago - So Microsoft is doing pretty good in Japan. Not great, but good. Good enough to beat the PS3 last month. This is the Xbox 360 display at Yodobashi Camera in Akihabara. Back in August, the Xbox 360 sold out in this very store.

If you've been to Akihabara, you know that this is a very large retailer. Lots of shoppers! So for Microsoft to sell out right here is a good sign, and it's great for the Xbox 360's reputation in Japan.

This demo set-up is not. Well, no, the set-up is fine, it's the upkeep. But just as Microsoft starts to gain ground in Japan, an old friend rears its ugly head...

Out of all the demo kiosk consoles Microsoft needs working in Japan... Doubt this will catastrophically affect Xbox 360 sales in Japan. Microsoft will most likely sell lots of consoles this holiday season. (So will will Nintendo and Sony. Everyone wins!)
 

PomPom Games Announce Their First PSN Title: Astro Tripper

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323w ago - PomPom Games has revealed a PSN shoot-em-up called Astro Tripper. Once again, this is a retro-styled arcade game in the style of other horizontal side-scrolling shooters.

According to the official site, the game will promise "UFOS. Fat Motherships. Tanks. Choppers. Slimy Slug creatures. Alien Insects. Aztec structures brimming with electricity. And of course, Big Bosses!"

This PSN release is scheduled to release "soon", and will feature 1080p graphics, online leaderboards, and Trophy support.

From their site: Astro Tripper is a furious shoot-em-up experience inspired by the painful, knuckle busting experiences of years gone by. An evolution of PomPom's 2001 award winning game, Space Tripper.

Travel the surface of large horizontally-scrolling platforms, and pit your highly maneuverable craft against hoards of enemies eager to blow you to bits, eat you or worse.

Gameplay is simple. You are free to travel anywhere on the platform at anytime, but don't fall off! Powerful Blue Lasers and Red Spread Lasers come equipped, so use both weapons tactically to get through tricky situations. Power up your weapons with power crystals dropped by destroyed enemies. Oh, did we mention the blasting absolutely anything that moves?
 

Aaron Greenberg: We'll Outsell PS3 Worldwide This Holiday

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323w ago - September marked the Xbox 360's best month of 2008, in terms of sales in the U.S – its performance in Japan hasn't been too bad either.

Following a price cut that made the 360 the least expensive current generation console on the market, the company moved 347,200 units to American consumers. While it wasn't enough to supplant the Wii as the best selling console in the country, it was enough to beat the competition from Sony.

Kotaku spoke to Aaron Greenberg, group product manager for Xbox 360, just after NPD sales numbers hit to get his take. Unsurprisingly, he seemed rather pleased with the company's recent hardware successes.

"We expect to continue our price advantage over the PlayStation 3 for a long time," Greenberg told us, pointing to the $199 price tag of the company's entry level Arcade console, assuming that Sony would issue no pre-holiday price drops. "And we feel confident that we'll outsell the PS3 this holiday season in North America and in Europe. We'll do it on a global scale."

As for what those consumers are picking up, Greenberg said "We've seen lifts across all consoles, but the Arcade is doing exceptionally well."

Microsoft touted a 42% increase, month to month, on NPD hardware sales data. Greenberg made sure to point out that the August...
 
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