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PS3 winning Charts but not Minds

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333w ago - Sony is back in the game, after some hardware tweaking and promotions that are shifting PS3 units. Some recent experiences however tell me that perhaps not all new PS3 owners are up with the capabilities of the machine.

Corporate market analysts iSuppli have already indicated that by 2011 the PS3 will be top of the console pile, and an even more recent analysis quotes 2008 as the year this dominance will emerge:

"2008 will be a turning year for the PS3," iSuppli analyst Pamela Tufegdzic told Reuters. "Sony is offering a better forthcoming software pipeline with blockbuster titles like Gran Turismo 5, which will boost PS3 sales this year."

The report goes on to say; "...Come Christmas, consumers who originally bought the Wii will likely purchase the PS3," she said. "The battle over consoles ultimately boils down to price."

Recently in Australia, Sony offered a free PS3 with any XBR, X or W series Bravia LCD TV . Once the dust had settled on this offer, Sony Australia announced an associated PS3 sales (!) spike of 20,000 plus PS3's. Good numbers in a country of only 20 million residents.

Great, but it seems many of these PS3's went home to unaware households. Click on for a couple of real life recent exchanges regarding PlayStation 3 usage in a modern home.
 

Wal-Mart breaks street date on MLB08 and others

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333w ago - Wal-Mart has broken the street date of MLB 08: The Show as well as Major League Baseball 2K8 and others today according to me, who recently purchased both titles early this morning.

Although it is only 1 day early for the release, Wal-Mart has made a big no no here.

If only they would break Army of Two...
 

JAPAN: older PS3 models price doubled!

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334w ago - Amazon Japan is selling old PS3 models at nearly double the price of the new 40 Giga.

Meanwhile used console buyback price for the old Playstation 3 models (20/60 Giga) has more than doubled in Japanese shops: from 15.000 to 40.100 Yen for the 20 Giga Model (from this Japanese blogger).

Actually the used price is the same price the shops charged one year ago for a new console...

Seems that Japanese gamers value the retro compatibility with PS2 titles more interesting than Sony expected...
 

Rumor: white PS3 available in US this March

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334w ago - According to rumors Circuit City has stopped receiving shipments of the current 40GB PS3/Spider-Man 3 bundle.

Instead they have been receiving shipments of boxes with the model number CECHH01 on the side, which is know to be the model number for the white PS3.

It is believed that once the Spider-Man 3 bundles sell out, then the white PS3 will be offered for the standard price of $399, which could be as early as this March.
 

Microsoft Forced Removal of Online Level Sharing in N+

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334w ago - "N+," the game that produced Multiplayer's first Enemy of the Week, was always intended to let players upload custom levels for anyone to download, but Microsoft nixed the feature at the last second.

The decision was so last second, in fact, the version of "N+" available on Partnernet, a test version of Xbox Live that publishers and select media can access, actually includes this feature. We wondered why a small studio like Metanet Software would bother investing in such an ambitious feature if they had any suspicions it wouldn't make the cut.

They told us that up until a few months ago, they had every belief it would. We asked Microsoft to explain the late change, and they released this statement over email:

"We do not discuss our contracts with partners. Game development is a complex business; however, we work closely with developers and publishing partners on solutions for any development issues. Microsoft is committed to bringing the best games to Xbox 360."

The games developers, however, were willing to provide some details. "We were devastated to learn we couldn't include that functionality," said Metanet co-founder (and, thus, co-creator of the original "N") Mare Sheppard to us over e-mail. "It's a huge disappointment, and we had to settle for...
 
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