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Sony's PlayStation 3 Outsells the Nintendo Wii in Japan

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286w ago - Sony's PlayStation 3 has outsold Nintendo's Wii console in Japan for the first time in 16 months.

To quote: Last month, Sony shifted 146,948 units of the PS3 compared to 99,335 Wiis, reported publishing firm Enterbrain.

While some suggest it could signal the end of Nintendo's dominance, others think it is unlikely that the PS3 will threaten the Wii's popularity globally.

Meanwhile, Nintendo's revamped DSi console sold 92,000 units in the UK during its first weekend of sales. It makes it the fourth biggest ever console launch.

Experts see the dominance of the PS3 during March as a temporary blip rather than a sign of Nintendo's decline.

Microsoft however only shifted 43,172 units of its Xbox 360 during the same period. Games such as Resident Evil 5 and the latest version of action adventure Ryu Ga Gotoku 3 are credited with driving demand for the PS3 in Japan.

But Wii sales remain extremely buoyant. During March global sales of Nintendo's Wii console passed 50 million, making the Wii the fastest-selling games console in history, surpassing the PlayStation 2.

"PS3 hardware sales picked up due to brisk-selling software. But I don't see any drastic change in the industry landscape," Okasan Securities analyst Masashi Morita told the AFP news...
 

Three Speech Making Way for a New EU PlayStation Blog

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286w ago - Sony's semi-official blog 'Three Speech' is to be overtaken by an Official EU PlayStation Blog, in similar fashion to the official North American [Register or Login to view links].

To quote: As of April the 17th Three Speech will be bowing out to make way for a brand new and shiny EU PlayStation blog.

It's your feedback, comments and suggestions that have made this possible, so you should all be very proud! Obviously both Three Speech and SCE UK are very grateful to everyone who has made this site so busy and lively over the past two and half years.

Your input has really helped PlayStation to grow, and the new blog will be a further way for you to contribute ideas. It's been good fun meeting all of you and we're looking forward to seeing you on the EU blog!

We'll have more info on this over the next few days...
 

PlayTV Patch 1.10 for Sony's PlayStation 3 is Now Available

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286w ago - A new patch for PlayTV on the PS3 has been released, with one of the major changes being that it now does automatic upscaling from SD to HD.

A couple of other small changes such as being able to jump directly into the TV mode From The XMB are also included. Additionally, Eastern Europeans can rejoice as it seems the MPEG 4 decoding issue has been resolved!

To quote: A patch for the PlayStation 3 European digital TV add-on, PlayTV, has now been released bringing it to version 1.10. The patch was announced a few days ago but I thought I'd wait until it was actually out in the open before writing anything about it.

The key change in this update is the addition of automatic upscaling from Standard Definition (SD) broadcasts to High Definition (HD). HD is the big thing now y'hear, so this is a good thing!

A few sound enhancement have been made too, such as volume control with the Official PS3 Blu-ray remote and audio normalisation (similar to the feature added to music playback in firmware 2.70).

You can now also jump directly into TV mode from the XMB, so you don't need the hassle of going through the PlayTV menus beforehand. In terms of playback, other than the sound changes, the only other change is slightly better rewind and fastforword handling, with new speeds...
 

Video: Monster Hunter is Coming to PlayStation Portable

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286w ago - Capcom Product Marketing Manager Colin Ferris shared some details on the upcoming Monster Hunter PSP title as follows:

The upcoming release of Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is exciting to everyone involved in the title. For those who don't know, Monster Hunter puts you on the hunt for a variety of majestic beasts that you have to defeat in order to become the ultimate hunter.

With thousands of different types of weapons and armor, as well as over 500 hours of gameplay, this is the most engrossing action/RPG title for the PSP ever created.

What really makes the game shine, however, is the excellent multiplayer that makes use of the PSP's built-in Ad-hoc multiplayer.





Join with three of your friends to hunt monsters that you simply couldn't defeat on your own. Playing the game with friends is truly the best way to play it, and with the PSP's network abilities, everyone has their own screen to play on.

Though we've had an awesome group of core fans in the US, our goal is to let everyone experience the adventure with Monster Hunter this time around. To introduce you all to the world of Monster Hunter, we've put together this "newscast" with our intrepid reporter covering the imminent onslaught of monsters...
 

Worms is Coming to Sony's PlayStation Network, New Screens

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286w ago - Any of you who have been listening to our podcasts know that we LOVE the Worms game. And with the recent announcement that there will be a Worms for the iPhone, we're more than happy to hear about the upcoming PSN version for the European Store, as PlayStation owners have been missing out on this classic game of turn based strategy.

Just because you've missed out on all of the Worms action in the past, doesn't mean they've simply ported the XBLA Worms over to the PSN.

No sir, this is a fully expanded and honed edition that features additional retro-styled landscapes, a wide-r variety of team voices, additional graphic features and effects, much more responsive physics engine, 1080p support and four additional weapons including the much loved Holy Hand Grenade, Super Sheep and Concrete Donkey.

Check out the new screen-shots below (more linked above) and get your worms ready for battle!
 
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