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PlayStation 3 Had a Strong Holiday Season, Says Sony

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297w 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 [Register or Login to view links]):

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 --...
 

Nintendo Wii Helps Drive Record Amazon Holiday Sales

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299w 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.
 

High Velocity Bowling for PS3 - New DLC and Holiday Surprises

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300w ago - Team RamRod's Mike Skinner shared the following today via PS Blog:

Hello everyone! We hope you have been enjoying High Velocity Bowling (HVB) online over the past few months. For those of you who have never played before, HVB uses your SIXAXIS controller to simulate a genuine bowling swing.

Challenge one of 8 unique bowlers in our single- player mode, or play multiplayer at home with up to 3 friends or family members. If you're ready for more, go online and take on some of the bowlers, or just hang out for a casual game with someone new.

You can listen to your own music while you bowl, and also earn PlayStation Network Trophies along the way. HVB is a great game to get everyone together this holiday season, and it's available right now on the PlayStation Network Store for only $9.99.

Last month we added some flair to the world of HVB with the release of the two characters – Foxy Powers and Chastity Falls - as well as the All Hallow's Eve Bowling Ball Pack. Last week, we released the new Gearhead Ball Pack, which is currently available on the Playstation Store for just $.99.

Inspired by the American Hot Rod culture, players can now get ready to tear up the lanes in style with six new bowling ball designs, including two new showcase balls!
 

Video Game Retailer GameStop's Top Holiday Picks Announced

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303w ago - In today's economic climate, the need for more entertainment options at home is ever increasing.

With an estimated 65 percent of American households playing computer and video games, GameStop provides a great value for budget-wise consumers with 2,500 game gifts priced at $20 and under.

Press Release: Looking for Holiday Gift Ideas... GameStop Offers Its Top Picks

GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME), the world's largest video game and entertainment software retailer, has affordable gift ideas for anyone on your holiday list. With more than 700 new titles due to release before the holidays, GameStop offers something for everyone.

"A new generation of gamers that includes younger children, older adults and women has emerged, and they are interested in casual, more social gaming experiences," said Bob McKenzie, Senior Vice President of Merchandising, GameStop. "While the traditional racing, sports and shooter games are still in high demand, the video game industry has grown beyond just hardcore enthusiasts."

As the world's leading video game specialty store, GameStop has the widest assortment of titles and an experienced staff to guide gift selection for ages six to 60. GameStop has compiled a list of some of the season's most popular titles to help guide your gift...
 

PlayStation Network Movie Holiday List Available

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304w ago - The holidays are just around the corner and Sony has some online surprises waiting just around the bend.

The PSN Movie Store is already the place for over 1,000 movies and over 2,500 TV shows. This holiday season Sony is planning to bring it up a level adding several blockbuster titles.

Sony will officially be bringing these titles to the store this holiday season: (note these are just the highlights)

- The Dark Knight (12/9)
- Fred Claus (11/25)
- Hancock ( rated and unrated )(11/25)
- Horton Hears a Who (12/9)
- Indiana Jones: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (11/26)
- Step Brothers (unrated)(12/2)
- X-Files: I Want To Believe (12/2)

Sony Senior Director of PSN, Susan Panico, also had this to add:

"The consumer demand we've seen for our PlayStationŽNetwork video delivery service is phenomenal, and we expect continued momentum this holiday season with a line-up of blockbuster movies that offer something for everyone," said Susan Panico, Senior Director of PlayStationŽNetwork.

"Complementing this demand for high-definition downloadable content, the new 160GB PS3 bundle enables customers to download and store even more movies, TV shows, games, music and photos, making the PS3 the ultimate entertainment...
 
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