Down, down , down, that’s where this months console sales went compared to December, but that’s no surprise at all as December obviously is when Christmas is. Overall, this month looked pretty slow for all consoles really, seeming slightly lower than what they usually are but people were probably a little strapped for cash after Christmas. Anyway, the top selling console this month is… you guessed it… the Wii with 466,000 sold, in second is the DS with 422,000 sold, in third is the 360 with 333,000 sold and finally in fourth was the PS3 with 277,000 sold.
NPD Numbers for console and game sales after the break.
|466,000 SOLD||_3.34M (-88%)|
|422,000 SOLD||_2.89M (-80%)|
|333,000 SOLD||_977K (-85%)|
|277,000 SOLD||_1.08M (-75%)|
|100,000 SOLD||_555K (-88%)|
|42,000 SOLD||_291K (-87%)|
Game sales numbers after the break.
This weeks Store update in North America is much like the one in Europe with the exception of a few PS1 Classics and some different special offers like for Burnout. The list of full content can be found after the break.
- Heavy Rain Demo
- SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo 3 PSP Demo
- Wipeout HD & Flower Dynamic Themes
- Burnout Paradise Price Drops
I’m sure that many of you have heard of the upcoming PS3 game ModNation racers, the Mario Kart style game where you can build custom tracks and share them with everyone on PSN and play custom tracks with your friends online. Just recently announced though, ModNation Racers will also be hitting the PSP which will feature all the modding tools the PS3 version will, all the cars and races, and “You will also be able to upload, download, remix, and race creations by the PSP ModNation community.” ModNation Racers is set to release on PS3 and PSP now sometime this Spring.
It’s what you’ve all been waiting for, a one in a lifetime phenomenon hitting the PlayStation Store this week, QORE Episode 21! But seriously, does anybody even but that anymore? Anyway, the list of full content can be found after the break.
- QORE Episode 21
- Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Demo
- Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce Demo
A lot of good content “across the pond” in this weeks PlayStation Store Update, final fantasy fans will find some particular good content too. There’s also some demos, add-ons, and everything else this week. The list of full content can be found after the break.
- Final Fantasy VIII PS1 Classic
- Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Demo
- inFAMOUS Gigawatt Blades
- A Bunch of Special Offers
In a recent interview with IGN, Sony’s Serior Vice President of Marketing, Peter Dille talked about something that’s definitely been on our mind for some time and that’s charging for PSN. Here’s what he had to say:
“It’s been our philosophy not to charge for it from launch up until now, but Kaz recently went on the record as saying that’s something we’re looking at. I can confirm that as well. That’s something that we’re actively thinking about. What’s the best way to approach that if we were to do that? You know, no announcements at this point in time, but it’s something we’re thinking about. “
Dille also added that he is confident that the PS3 will overtake the 360 this generation and also thinks that the PS3 will still be kickin’ in 10 years while the 360 will not, much like the PS2 and original Xbox. He also doesn’t see an entire catalog of PS3 games digitally in the store any time soon because of large file downloads being time-consuming but doesn’t reject more big digital games coming like Burnout. He also adds to expect more to come to Home this year, he said there are 30 partners working on different spaces in Home, he also expects things like more and better content and a better focus on media, not just games in Home.
He also adds that they are working to make PSN better, “making it more user friendly, addressing UI … cool stuff that I’ve seen in the works that hopefully we’ll be able to talk about a little bit more and show you guys and the community. “
There have been many rumors about a Wii HD for quite a while now, even analyst Michael Pachter says he knows its coming. Recently, Nintendo had a quarterly investor Q&A where Nintendo’s president Satoru Iwata spoke about their next system after the Wii. Iwata said, “If asked if making the Wii compatible with high definition — just making it compatible with high resolution — will get players throughout the world to buy it, I would of course say, ‘Do you think it would sell with just that? It needs something new.’”
In short, Iwata says he thinks the next Nintendo system would need more than just high-definition. HD would definitively be something great in Nintendo’s next system and besides a hard-drive and good online multiplayer, there are most likely things that will package with the system that will spark many peoples interest much like the Wii did. Maybe that systems main controllers will be vitality sensors (sarcasm).
Thanks Brown 856!
This may come as no surprise to you guys, but reports are coming from those who were lucky enough to play-test Final Fantasy XIII side-by-side noticed that the graphics on the PS3 version are noticeably better, seeing as there is more space on the Blu-Ray disc, this is no surprise. A game journalist that was part of the play-test said “As expected, the 360 version was noticeably less crisp than its PS3 counterpart, but it still ran.” So expect the game to run as well as the PS3 but the graphics may not be as good. I guess we will see how big the difference in graphics on the games release.
SimplyGames.com and online UK retailerhas confirmed that the additional content for Grand Theft Auto will be coming to the PS3. They said in a confirmation email:
“We can confirm that the details on our website are correct and that this title will be released on the Playstation 3 in the near future. We have had to remove this title from sale for a short period. As soon as this title is available to pre-order we will email you with all the details so you can get your order placed as soon as possible.”
So how do you guys feel about it: Too little to late? or Fine with me I’ll take it GTA content whenever! Please post you thoughts in the comments.
This week North America gets much more content than last week but It’s pretty much the same old thing, one thing you may want to check out the new “10 for 10 Game Sale” going on right now which starts off 2010 with ten new games at half-price.
- Medal Gear Solid PSP Bundle
- Great Special Offers