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40GB PS3 sells 50,000 in first day in Japan

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363w ago - Sales of Sony's PS3 video games console surged 300 per cent after the company released a cheaper model in Japan last week, according to leaked survey data.

Sony Japan introduced the new PS3 model with a 40GB hard disk drive on November 11. One day later, local PS3 weekly sales figures had soared from an average of 16,000 to almost 66,000.

The figures are contained in preliminary data from the latest edition of a regular survey by Japan-based video games publisher and market survey firm, Enterbrain.

The substantial surge in weekly sales comes despite the release of the console occurring on the last day of the week. It is unclear what proportion of the sales resulted from pre-orders.

PS3 takes top spot
The huge increase in sales enabled the PS3 to take the top spot in full-sized console sales from Nintendo's Wii console for the first time. The Wii typically sells less than 35,000 per week in Japan, although sales have risen to 37,500 following the release of the popular game, Super Mario Galaxy.

The 40GB unit retails for $100 less than older models. The new console also lacks some features, including a flash memory device reader, two of the original four USB ports, and backwards compatibility with PS2 games. The Japanese version of the 40GB PS3 features a new 'Ceramic...
 

No Geometry Wars sequel next week

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363w ago - I'm sure most of you heard the rumor that a popular franchise on Xbox Live Arcade would be receiving a sequel next week to celebrate the 100th XBLA release. The game which came into a lot of gamers minds was a Geometry Wars sequel.

We went straight to the source in Bizarre Creations "community and web lead" Ben Ward to see what his thoughts were on this rumor.

Ben said...

Not true I'm afraid. We are working on more Geometry Wars fun... but you won't be seeing it next week.

Yes, I wanted to see some new Geometry Wars action like everyone else but I guess Waves will still do for now.
 

New Lego Batman details released

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363w ago - The long-hinted new Traveller's Tales IP set for release in 2008
The new franchise to follow Traveller's Tales successful Lego Star Wars games, which was hinted at over a year ago, and finally confirmed earlier this year, will be published on all platforms in Europe in 2008.

Following the developer's acquisition by Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment last week, for which the Lego franchise will have been the prime sweetener, the company has released new details on the gameplay elements.
Players will be able to take control of Batman or Robin and explore Gotham City capturing several of the criminals found therein, including The Joker and The Penguin.

It will also be possible to construct vehicles, as in the Star Wars games, and play through the game in two player cooperative mode.
Pail Levitz, president of the Batman rights-holder, DC Comics, was pleased that the franchise would be expanding. "There's nothing more appealing to our youngest fans than the chance to be The Batman and the Lego Batman video game will provide a unique opportunity for them to immerse themselves in Gotham and Batman's adventures."

Although the existence of the Lego Batman game was only confirmed this year, a very strong hint was dropped at the BAFTA Video Games Awards ceremony in 2006, when Lego...
 

Carl Freer will bring Gizmondo back

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363w ago - In a recent interview, made by a Swedish news site Realtid.se, the former director of Gizmondo Europe Carl Freer says he will bring Gizmondo back.

-There is still life in this product. The market is dominated by two products and there is a vacuum to fill. Gizmondo was the first real game console for many types of entertainment and we don't know any other products with equal properties, Carl Freer says. If all goes well we will be up and running by May next year. I intend to make this version cheap and work with open source.

He also says that by Christmas 2008 a more advanced Gizmondo with a wider screen will be launched and that he has already made an agreement with a Chinese company to manufacture the console.
 

DivX Technology to be Added to PLAYSTATION 3

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363w ago - DivX, Inc. (NASDAQIVX) today announced that DivX(R) video technology will be integrated into PLAYSTATION(R)3 (PS3(TM)) from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE). The popular computer entertainment system will be added to the ecosystem of devices that currently support DivX video playback. To date, over 100 million DivX Certified(R) products have been shipped into the market, and it is anticipated PS3 will significantly expand that number.

"We are excited to work with Sony Computer Entertainment to bring DivX to PS3," said Kevin Hell, CEO of DivX, Inc. "Our technology will expand the multimedia functionality of PS3 by enabling users to enjoy access to the broad library of content in the DivX digital media format."

Products that bear the DivX Certified logo have undergone a rigorous testing program to ensure a high-quality DivX media experience that includes reliable video playback and excellent visual quality. DivX is currently working to certify PS3 and deliver a superior digital media technology to consumers in the near future. Current PS3 end users will be able to add DivX functionality to their systems via a separate system software update at a forthcoming date. PS3 game title developers will be able to utilize DivX's decoder technology by updating the system software of PS3's Software Development...
 
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