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

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355w 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...
 

New Lego Batman details released

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355w 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...
 

DivX Technology to be Added to PLAYSTATION 3

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355w 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...
 

DualShock 3 Rumbling with PS2 Games after All

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355w ago - While it seems like a natural conclusion to jump to, Sony has never really made any comments one way or another if the new DualShock 3 would rumble while playing PlayStation 2 games. Website PSPSPS is reporting that their brand new DualShock controllers are indeed vibrating with PS2 games; at least on a Japanese PS3. The games were Rez, OutRun 2006, and Katamari Damacy.

That was on a PS3 running the latest firmware, and if OutRun 2006 is vibrating, I'm willing to take a leap and assume the rest of the PS2's library (or at least the majority) will support the DualShock 3's rumble.

The control is very nice. Feels about three times heavier than the non-rumbling Sixaxis, which we're inclined to classify as a Good Thing (the plain Sixaxis feels too light). Rumbles like a tummy before lunch. And it has 'Dual Shock 3' stamped on its husk in blue type. The pad is also available in white, to go with the white 40GB PS3 model launched here today, but it looks a bit tacky because the sticks and buttons aren't white.

Alright, how about now - who's importing?
 

Resistance: Fall of Man Sequel Ready for Pre Alpha Testing

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355w ago - A trusted source has let us know that Resistance 2, the sequel to the PS3 launch title, is ready for the pre-Alpha testing stage. According to our source, Sony is going to be hiring a ton of testers in January to put Resistance 2 through a stress test.

Resistance was one of the best PS3 exclusives, and without a doubt we're sure Resistance 2 will be on everyone's wish list when a release date is announced.

With almost no other information released about this game so far, and with no screenshots to gawk at, it's hard to say how good it's going to be. But if it's anything like the first, with its crazy weapons and great looking monsters, they could probably stick to the game's roots and please old fans. Another option might be for them to go crazy with the story and offer us a completely new experience.

After the initial testing is over, we may see a lot of buzz around this game as testers talk about their experiences. Whatever the case may be, I'm hopeful Resistance 2 will be a smash success just like the first.
 
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