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Dead Rising 2 Going Multiplatform January 28, 2009 2:54 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Dead Rising 2, Microsoft Xbox 360, News, Sony Playstation 3, Video Games.
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deadrising-012809The latest issue of Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, reports that Capcom is calling 2009 “the year of multiplatform”, with plans to release multiplatform games for both the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.  The big get is the sequel to the previously 360 exclusive title Dead Rising.  The sequel has been confirmed and will hit both systems in 2009.

Capcom does promise some special exclusives for the 360 version, however.

Source: PS3 Center

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II Multiplayer Beta Goes Live January 27, 2009 7:38 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in News, Sony Playstation 3, Video Games, Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War II.
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dawnofwarii-012709The multiplayer beta for Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II, from game publisher THQ, has gone live (as of 7:01pm ET/12:01am GMT).  You can download the beta on Games for Window – LIVE as well as Steam.

The full press release follows after the jump.

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20GB PS3 Dropped April 12, 2007 9:47 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in News, Sony Playstation 3, Videogames.
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Sony has officially announced they will be dropping the PlayStation 3 20GB SKU in North America. Once supplies sell-through at retailers, the $499.99 model will not be available for purchase in North America.

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Sony Sets Launch Date for PS3 in Europe January 27, 2007 3:06 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in News, Sony, Sony Playstation 3, Video Games.
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Sony has officially set the launch information for the European and Australian debut of the Sony Playstation 3.

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HD DVD/Blu-ray war heats up and system hardware sales for November December 15, 2006 12:16 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Blu-ray Disc, Hardware Sales, HD DVD, News, Nintendo Wii, Sony Playstation 3, Video Games, Xbox 360.
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With November out of the way, sales data is starting to trickle in for the Playstation 3 and Microsoft Xbox HD DVD add-on, one front of the High-Definition format war.

For the month of November, Sony sold 197,000 Playstation 3’s in the U.S., while Microsoft sold an impressive (for an add-on) 42,000 HD DVD add-on’s for its Microsoft Xbox 360 player.

It should be noted that while Sony had more PS3’s sold, it’s impossibile to gauge how many of those owners of the system are using the console as a Blu-ray device. On the other hand, it can easily be assumed that all 42,000 owners of the HD DVD drive are using that device specifically for HD DVD movie playback, since the device isn’t used in any form for video game playback (the Xbox 360 is equiped with a regular PC DVD drive, hence the need for an add-on).

Elsewhere on the video game front, Nintendo sold 476,000 units of its new Nintendo Wii console, taking an early lead on the Playstation 3 by more than double the units.

Nintendo is said to be having no problems with their production of the unit while Sony is having issues but are still promising 2M PS3’s shipped by the end of the year (Sony originally were hoping to have 400,000 units for the U.S. launch, but were only able to supply half of that).

For the month, console sales were paced by the Playstation 2 at 664,000, the Microsoft Xbox 360, which has been out since last Christmas, at 510,000 and the Nintendo GameCube at 42,000.

On the portable front, Nintendo’s DS was the best seller with 918,000 sold, followed by the Nintendo Game Boy at 641,000 and the Sony Playstation Portable at 412,000 units sold.

Here are the installed base figures as of November, 2006 for all current video game systems in the U.S. (Console and Portable):

PS2: 35.8 million
GBA: 34.3 million
DS: 7.6 million
PSP: 5.7 million
Xbox 360: 3.4 million
Wii: 476 thousand
PS3: 197 thousand

Playstation 3 Launch (and cost details) November 17, 2006 11:39 am

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in News, Sony, Sony Playstation 3, Video Games.
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The first of two new console launches (the Nintendo Wii on Sunday being the other) is happening today.

The Playstation 3 will be available today, to those who’ve pre-ordered or are waiting in line, in two varieties; a $599.99 version which contains a 60GB harddrive, a multimedia reader and WiFi built in and a $499.99 version which contains a 20GB harddrive, no multimedia reader and no WiFi built in.

Demand is expected to be high, but unfortunately Sony will not be able to meet it with expected shipments somewhere in the neighborhood of 150,000 to 200,000 (they previously were shooting for about 1M, before cutting it to 400,000 and now halving that).

Supplies throughout the holiday season are also expected to be low as Sony as reports indicate Sony will only be able to supply around 500,000 to 800,000 units by the end of the year in North America (halved from the previous estimate of 1M to 1.2M).

According to a report at iSupply Corporation, the 20GB version of the Playstation 3 costs the company $805.85/console (a $306.85 loss/console) to produce, while the 60B version costs the company $840.35/console (or a loss of $241.35/console) to produce.

Needless to say, this is a very expensive launch for the company, and they have a lot riding on it.