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Microsoft XBox 360 Outsells PS3 in Japan in September

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324w ago - Microsoft Corp's Xbox 360 outsold Sony's PlayStation 3 in Japan in September, beating the rival machine in monthly unit sales for the first time in Sony's home market, a game magazine publisher said.

Strong sales growth came after Microsoft cut prices for its game console last month.

Microsoft sold 53,547 units of the Xbox 360 in the four weeks to September 28, compared with 33,071 units of the PS3, data from Enterbrain showed on Friday.

Nintendo Co Ltd safely maintained its leading position in the Japanese console market, having sold 109,548 units of the Wii during the month.

Although popular in the United States, the Xbox 360 has been struggling to compete with the PS3 and the Wii in Japan, home to both Sony and Nintendo.

In a bid to lift sales, Microsoft on September 11 cut the price of the Xbox 360 Arcade, which comes without a hard disk drive, by 8,000 yen ($76) to 19,800 yen. It also lowered the price of the high-end Elite model by 8,000 yen to 39,800 yen.

Sony sells the PS3 with a 40-gigabyte hard disk drive for 39,980 yen, while Nintendo offers the Wii for 25,000 yen.

The Microsoft console also got a boost from Square Enix Holdings' popular role-playing game, "Infinite Undiscovery", launched in Japan on September 11.

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PlayStation Store Video Content Update for September 27, 2008

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325w ago - Per Grace Chen (Senior Manager, PLAYSTATION Store) yesterday:

Hi again! The weekend's here - time for your weekly update of new movie & TV shows on the PLAYSTATION Store.

This week we've added new video content from the following television series:

• American Chopper, Season 3
• Black Gold, Season 1
• Dice: Undisputed, Season 1
• Prison Break, Season 4
• Robot Chicken, Season 3
• Rumbling Hearts, Season 1
• Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Season 1
• The First 48 Hours, Season 7
• The O.C., Season 4
• Witchblade, Season 1 (anime)

We've also added the following feature films to the Store:

• Deception
• Gun Shy
• Kung Fu Hustle
• Mad Max
• Mama's Boy
• Ocean's Twelve
• Patriot Games
• Sex and the City Extended Version
• The Brothers Grimm
• The Godfather
• The Godfather Part II
• The Godfather Part III

Have a great weekend!
 

Worldwide PS3 Releases for the Week of September 28, 2008

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325w ago - Silent Hill is coming home this week. For America and Asia, that is. Europe has about another month to wait, but instead get the latest iteration in the never ending FIFA franchise.

That's it for this week, but here's the info in a handy bullet-point list:

US Games
• Silent Hill: Homecoming

EU Games
• FIFA 09

Asian Games
• Silent Hill: Homecoming

Release dates are constantly subject to change. If you're worried, then check with your local retailer. Europeans, feel free to import Silent Hill: Homecoming, if you're desperate.

Just be aware that imported games must have downloadable content from their respective regions. Not that we suspect Silent Hill: Homecoming will be getting any DLC.
 

PlayStation Store (US) Update for September 25, 2008

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325w ago - Per Grace Chen (Senior Manager, PLAYSTATION Store) today:

Hey, everyone. It's time again for the PLAYSTATION Store weekly update.

Downloadable Games

WipEout HD ($19.99)
It was there back at the beginning and now it's taking the franchise into the future: WipEout HD is set to deliver 1080p High Definition visuals running at a breathtaking 60-frames-per-second. WipEout HD features a selection of the best tracks taken from previous versions of the franchise, meticulously crafted and fully reworked to showcase the processing power of PS3. Available exclusively on PSN.
File sizes: 997 MB

Burnout Paradise PSN ($29.99)
Welcome to Paradise City, the ultimate driving playground. Burnout Paradise is set in a vast open-world, filled with events and challenges that will push your driving and riding skills to the limit. So grab your first set of wheels and head on out into the city; what happens next is completely up to you.
File sizes: 3.24 GB

GEON Emotions ($9.99)
Geon is a fast moving arcade game where players race to collect pellets and deposit them in the opponent's goal to "score". Experience the intense rush of playing against friends and family in multiplayer split screen or play online against opponents or team up and...
 

European PSN Update for September 25th, 2008

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325w ago - One of the most exciting updates ever on the European Community. Burnout Paradise reappears with trophies support at €29.99.

Here's the complete list below:

Playable content

PlayStation 3
* WipEout HD full game (£11.99/€17.99)
* Burnout Paradise full game (£24.99/€29.99)
* Mega Man 9 full game (£6.99/€9.99)
* Mercenaries 2 demo
* Beijing 2008 demo
* Mega Man 9 demo

PlayStation Portable
* Burnout Legends full PSP game (£14.99/€19.99)
* Burnout Dominator full PSP game (£17.99/€24.99)

Add-on content

* Buzz! Quiz TV "Video Games" quiz (£3.49/€4.99)
* Rock Band DLC (listed after the break)
* High Stakes Poker add-on 2 (free)

Videos

* PES 2009 trailer
* Valkyria Chronicles trailer
* Ferrari Challenge trailer
* Pure launch trailer
* PAIN Amusement Park: Trauma trailer
* PAIN Amusement Park: Call Da Shot trailer
* Metal Gear Solid 4 trailer

Themes and wallpapers

* Bioshock theme
* Fallout 3 Brotherhood of Steel theme

Rock Band DLC

All that remains pack (£1.69/€2.29)

* "Chiron" (£0.69/€0.99)
 
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