Sony Factories in Japan Closed Due to Earthquake and Tsunamis

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162w ago - With news of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunamis in Japan, several Sony factories are currently closed as a result of the disaster.

To quote from Engadget (linked above): "Sony and Toyota have both stopped operations in their factories due to damage. Tragically, one Honda worker lost his life after a wall collapsed, while several Panasonic workers are said to have suffered minor injuries.

It remains to be seen exactly what impacts this will have on consumers, but Sony's closed factories were responsible for the production of Blu-ray discs and batteries, while the numerous automotive shutdowns could result in short-term shortages. This bad news sent stocks downward, with German share prices for Sony dropping 2.5 percent and Honda 4.5 percent.

We're still watching with concern to see what other impacts the resultant tsunamis could have, but for now we'll keep hoping for the best."


 

Code Freak PS3 Cheat Device is Slated to Hit Japan This Winter

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178w ago - Today GamersMint.com (linked above) reports that an unofficial PS3 Cheat Device made by Code Freak is slated to hit Japan this winter.

The upcoming PS3 cheat code device is currently being marketed on Japanese site CyberGadget.co.jp for PS3 consoles on PlayStation 3 Firmware 3.41 or below.

To quote: "This device will be used with the PS3 and will cost around 7800 Yen (around $100 via Amazon).

Though the current firmware version for the PS3 is 3.50, this device will only be compatible with v3.41, as stated on the product€s website.

It will be available for sale by the end of this year and is claimed to provide cheats for more than 50 titles at the moment, that includes FF XIII and Demon€s Souls."
 

Gran Turismo 5 Titanium Blue PS3 Bundle Hits Japan This Year

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187w ago - Today Kotaku.com (linked above) has shared some pictures (below) of a new Gran Turismo 5 Titanium Blue PS3 bundle, which will be hitting Japan later this year.

PlayStation 3 owners who love GT5 will definitely appreciate this new PS3 bundle, if you don't mind spending about $420 US for it of course.

To quote: "Sony had exactly one Gran Turismo 5 Racing Pack bundle on the Tokyo Game Show floor giving us an in-person peek at perhaps the prettiest of PlayStation 3s.

The console comes with a matching "Titanium Blue" DualShock 3 controller and a limited edition copy of GT5, plus a warm sense of ownership, for just 35,980 yen. That's about $420 USD if you're thinking of jumping in.

The Gran Turismo 5 Racing Pack bundle arrives (in Japan) on November 3."
 

New PS3 Slim CECH-2500A Hits Japan, More Eco-Friendly Model

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194w ago - This weekend a new PS3 Slim model CECH-2500A complete with a 160GB PlayStation 3 hard disk drive hits Japan, and based on a comparison the updated revision is slightly more eco-friendly too!

As reported previously, a PS3 HDMI cable will also be included with the new PS3 model along with 802.11b/g WiFi and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR that was first announced pre-E3.

According to a comparison chart from JustPushStart.com (linked above), the PS3 CECH-2500A will also save the environment and video gamers money as it runs slightly more efficiently than previous PlayStation 3 models.

Those interested can check out the greener PS3 comparison chart below.
 

Sony is Now Offering 250GB PS3 HDD Upgrade Service in Japan

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208w ago - Today Andriasang.com (linked above) reports that Sony has started a 250GB PS3 HDD upgrade service in Japan for those who are seeking to swap their current PlayStation 3 hard disk drive for a fee.

For the price of 18,000 (~$184), Japanese gamers can to send their PS3 directly to Sony who will upgrade the system's hard drive to a 250GB model, and move all the content of the previous drive across. They'll then send your system (and old PS3 hard drive) back to you.

To quote: "For 18,000 (~$184), Sony will upgrade your current PS3 to a 250 gigabyte hard drive. The cost includes the hard drive and all labor for swapping the drives and moving over your system software and all content from your current hard drive. Sony will even return the current hard drive to you.

The program works with the following PS3 models:

€CECHA00 (60GB)
€CECHB00 (20GB)
€CECHH00 (40GB)
€CECHL00 (80GB)
€CECHQ00 (160GB)
€CECH-2000A (120GB)

For further details, including a step-by-step guide to placing an order and shipping out your PS3, see Sony's hard drive swap service page."
 











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