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PlayStation 3 Had a Strong Holiday Season, Says Sony

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298w 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 --...
 

PlayStation 3 Price Will Drop Soon, Predicts Microsoft Exec

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298w ago - Microsoft exec Aaron Greenberg has predicted that Sony will cut the price of PlayStation 3 very soon.

"We absolutely expect the PS3 price drop to happen in the next couple of months," he told [Register or Login to view links].

"We're frankly surprised it's taken this long... I would expect they'd have to move on price, sooner than later, for sure."

Right now the 120GB Xbox Elite carries an RRP of GBP 229.99, while the 80GB PS3 is GBP 299.99.

At last year's Leipzig Games Convention, SCEE boss David Reeves told us there would be no price cut "this year" - and as it turned out, he wasn't making it up.
 

PlayStation Home - Door Codes and New Glitches Discovered

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298w ago - Team Alpha has been poking around again, and this time, they've found four new glitches in PlayStation Home. They're gonna take us through the glitches in these vids one by one, so sit back and watch so you can try them out later.

This first one is called "Owned Space Shenanigans." You basically get to sit on an invisible couch, making you look like you have powerful thighs. The same glitch also lets you pull a David Blaine and levitate like you do it every day. Well, with Home, now you can.

PS3 Home Glitches - Owned Space Shenanigans





This next one shows a few codes so you can reach more rooms in Sully's Bar. Simple enough, just follow the instructions and unlock away.

PS3 Home Glitches - Sully's Bar Secret Door Codes






This one's called "Smuggler's Den Couch Fun." You get to act like you're six years old again and stand on a couch just for the heck of it.

PS3 Home Glitches - Smuggler's Den Couch Fun





This one's also in Smuggler's Den. It's called the "Smuggler's Den Globe Stand Teaser, and it's...
 

PlayStation Home Content Update Hits PS3 With Red Bull Space

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298w ago - PlayStation Home Community Manager CydoniaX shared the following via PS Blog:

For those of you who haven't already met me, I'm CydoniaX, the PlayStation Home Community Manager. I wanted to give you a quick update on new content coming to PlayStation Home this week.

First, the [Register or Login to view links] space is going live! You'll be able to access it through your World Map by clicking on the Red Bull Air Race map tile. From there you can explore this tropical island and take part in different Red Bull events.

This week you'll be able to get inside the cockpit of a Red Bull Air Race plane and compete against other flyers on the Red Bull Air Race course. This is just the start of what we are working on for Red Bull Island with more to come in the next few months.

Ligne Roset and Diesel will now have their own storefronts in the PlayStation Home Mall, so that you will be able to locate these brands more easily.

For the SCEA region, if you pre-order "Killzone 2" for PS3 through [Register or Login to view links] you'll get an exclusive PlayStation Home costume for your Home avatar. With costume pieces for your head, torso, legs, hands and feet, you can customize your Home avatar to look like an ISA Soldier, a Helghast Assault...
 

SCEJ Announces Resident Evil 5 Bundle for PlayStation 3

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298w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment Japan has revealed a PlayStation 3 bundle for Capcom's forthcoming shooter Resident Evil 5 (or Biohazard 5), scheduled for Japanese release with the game on March 5th.

The bundle will be priced at 48,980 ($526) and will include an 80GB PlayStation 3 system branded with the Biohazard logo and text, a copy of the game, and two Dualshock 3 controllers.

Microsoft revealed yesterday that it will also offer an Xbox 360 bundle for the survival horror game in Japan, priced at 34,800 ($369) and due March 5th.

The bundle will feature a 60GB system, a 48-hour Xbox Live Gold membership trial card, a copy of Resident Evil 5, a headset, a soundtrack CD, a collector's tin case, and a code for downloading an RE5 theme.

Neither Microsoft or Sony have disclosed any plans to bring their respective system bundles to the West. Resident Evil 5 ships for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in the U.S. on March 13th.
 
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