228w ago - Update: French site JVN.com reports that Gran Turismo 5 will hit Europe on December 11, with Game.fr now confirming the release date as well. It's rumored the date will be officially announced at GamesCom Cologne during Sony's August 18th press conference.
Gran Turismo 5 creator Kazunori Yamauchistated last month that Polyphony Digital will give a GT5 release date for PS3 soon.
That being said, if Amazon is correct then Yamauchi definitely wasn't kidding.
According to Amazon's official listing for North America, Sony will release Gran Turismo 5 on December 29th, 2009.
To quote: The fact that this date falls on a Tuesday only adds more credence since game publishers typically release their titles to retailers on Tuesdays. Oh, and you may remember this little tidbit spilled by SCEE chief executive James Armstrong last December.
233w ago - Update: The fate of this upcoming title is now uncertain with Michael Jackson's passing.
According to Belgium news site 9Lives (linked above), the King of Pop will start his 'This Is It' concert in July... and apparently a new Michael Jackson video game is also in the works.
Although not many details were given, the game which is said to include videoclips and dancesteps will be released on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2 and Nintendo Wii before Holiday 2009.
To quote, roughly translated: The outlook for the Michael Jackson fans are long time never so beautiful as now. Soon the late King of Pop fifty times the O2 Arena in London and flooding it with new material would come out.
According to MJJ Productions they are also working on a video game with Michael Jackson in the lead. Everything will be up and going on, including music, video and dance cards.
What the game will be called was not yet known. The fact is that the video game for Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 developed and for the Christmas period would come on the market.
257w ago - Not to be bested in the battle of marketing spins by Microsoft, Sony has released figures of their own to spin people's perception of the PS3's success. Sony claims that the year-over-year drop in sales during November was simply an anomaly and that the system has actually seen much better numbers overall.
There was understandably some concern following the release of the November NPDs when the PS3 was the only system of the three current-gen consoles to sell fewer consoles than in November 2007. But Sony claims this was an unusual set of circumstances that can be traced back to "an abnormally strong month due to a price cut (with) the introduction of the 40GB PS3," referring to that SKU's release on November 2, 2007.
Sony Computer Entertainment America VP Ian Jackson said (via CNET):
We've had a solid holiday season and have delivered consistent growth throughout this year. 2008 was a pivotal year for PlayStation with the best software line up in the industry, a dramatic expansion of PlayStation Network including the launches of the video delivery service and the beta of the PlayStation Home.
Early internal data points to an increase of more than 130 percent of PS3 hardware sales for the holiday season --...
258w ago - Amazon has reported record holiday sales despite the tough economic climate. Over 5.6 million units were shipped on its peak day of December 15th and the most popular products included the Nintendo Wii, the iPod, Acer notebooks and a 52" Samsung HDTV.
To quote: Internet retail giant Amazon.com reported record holiday sales on Friday, a rare good performance in one of the most dismal holiday shopping seasons in years.
The Seattle, Washington-based online store did not provide a breakdown of sales figures but said online orders reached record levels during the holiday shopping season for the 14th year in a row.
It said in a statement that more than 6.3 million items were ordered worldwide and 5.6 million units shipped on its peak day, December 15.
Amazon said it shipped items to more than 210 countries between November 14 and December 24 and more than 99 percent of its orders arrived in time for the holidays.
Amazon said best-selling holiday items this year included the Samsung 52-inch HDTV, the Apple iPod, the Acer netbook computer and Nintendo Wii.