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GameFly: Burnout Paradise Leads The Races

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351w ago - This week's top rental charts from U.S. game rental company GameFly, representing the most requested games for the week ending January 21st, highlight both to-be-released and already released games in a unique demand-specific chart.

Burnout Paradise hangs on to the top spot for the second week in a row. Capcom's Devil May Cry 4, slated to release February 5th, made the top five twice last week --the Xbox 360 SKU in second position, and the PS3 SKU in fourth -- but this week, the Xbox 360 SKU steps back a spot to third, while the PS3 SKU fails to chart in the top 5.

Last week's third placer Turok advances into the second position, and No More Heroes also moves up one spot into fourth, significant as the top five all-platform rental requests often tend to be a mirror of the Xbox 360's top five. Sega's The Club enters the top five this week in fifth.

What follows is a breakdown of the top titles requested by GameFly subscribers across each of the major platforms:

Xbox 360

1. Burnout Paradise (Electronic Arts)
2. Turok (Touchstone)
3. Devil May Cry 4 (Capcom)
4. The Club (Sega)
5. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2 (Ubisoft)

Nintendo Wii

1. No More Heroes (Ubisoft)
2. Endless Ocean (Nintendo)
3. Super Smash Bros....
 

The Video Game Release List of 1/27 - 2/2

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351w ago - This week's North American releases span the PC, Wii, Nintendo DS, and PSP.

Barring any unforeseen delays, most stores should have this week's games by Wednesday, January 30.

PC

AGEOD's American Civil War: 1861-1865 The Blue and the Gray
Pacific Storm Allies
Pet Vet 3D: Animal Hospital Down Under, The Sims Castaway Stories

Wii

Bomberman Land
DS Tuesday (1/29)
Bomberman Land Touch! 2

PSP

Bomberman Land
Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice

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Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice and more boxart pics can be seen at the link up top!
 

Reeves reveals 1 million consoles were sold in PAL regions in December

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351w ago - Sales of Sony's PlayStation 3 are on course to overtake Microsoft's Xbox 360 in Europe by the summer of this year, according to Sony Computer Entertainment Europe's president and CEO David Reeves.

According to Reeves the console is already outselling its rival in France, Spain, Germany and Italy, and over 1 million units were sold across the continent in the December build-up to Christmas last year.

On top of that, the latest numbers show Sony with a three-to-one advantage over the 360 in sales last week.

Reeves, talking to MCV, also explained that around a fifth of that number was down to the UK alone: "We're very happy with the performance of PS3 in the UK," he said.

He added that his company's console now had a higher cumulative installed base in some regions.

"It has not yet reached that in the UK. But the team here expect to overtake the installed base of Xbox 360 across all PAL territories in late summer.

"It's also worth mentioning that last week we outsold Xbox 360 in PAL territories by a ratio of three-to-one."

Momentum seems to be building for Sony's flagship console following a torrid time last year, as the effects of the price cut and increasing popularity of Blu-ray continue to kick in.
 

Sony Corp boss believes his business is holding up well, but worried about currency

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351w ago - The chief executive of Sony Corporation, Sir Howard Stringer, has revealed that he believes the company is performing well, but has expressed concern about the impact a strengthening yen could have on the business.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum, he admitted: "There is always an impact on exports. The yen is volatile...We watch it with some anxiety," reports Reuters.

Because a significant proportion of the company's goods are exported for sale overseas, a rise in the strength of the native currency automatically makes its goods more expensive for other countries to import.

But despite that, he said, the consumer electronics arm is holding up well so far, buoyed by a better performance in the last month or so by the PlayStation division.

"PlayStation 3 has now gone past Xbox on the Christmas market. It's moving into its own as it gets into higher bandwidth...PS3 is out of the woods and beginning to hold its own," he said.

His comments echo others made separately by SCEE boss David Reeves, who earlier revealed the extent of sales in Europe, and claimed that the PS3 would outsell the Microsoft machine by the summer.
 

Sony Denies PS3 Price Drop

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352w ago - At CES this year, Kaz Hirai, the President of Sony Computer Entertainment, stated that the PlayStation 3 was going to be profitable in 2008; unlike the huge losses it made for Sony in 2007.

After Hirai's statement the production costs were reported to be cut in half from the high $800 production costs down to $400 for each unit. Due to this news it sounded unlikely that the price was going to be cut again. Rumors were beginning to circulate that said the price was going to be cut to $299 in late January.

Combining the statement of Kaz Hirai and the $400 production costs, it doesn't really seem to increase the chance of a price cut so early in the year. That is probably why Sony confirmed to Bloomberg that they have no plans to cut the price of the PlayStation 3 in Japan, North America or Europe. Sorry for the people waiting for the PS3 to drop another $100, but it probably won't happen any time soon.

Stay tuned!
 
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