Sony PlayStation 3 Patch

Sony to issue PlayStation 3 fix on June 27th

By on June 21, 2013 at 7:30 PM.

Sony to issue PlayStation 3 fix on June 27th

Earlier this week, Sony issued a system update for its PlayStation 3 gaming console. The patch was meant to fix preexisting problems, however it was found to be doing the exact opposite for some owners who found their consoles unusable after the update was installed. Sony was forced to pull the 4.45 system update, but not before leaving a “small number” of users with broken systems. The company on Friday revealed that it has identified the problem and plans to issue a new update that will fix the issue on June 27th. The statement came from Sony’s European PlayStation Twitter account and it remains unclear if the patch will be available to owners worldwide or only in select regions.

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Sony PlayStation 3 Update Pulled

Sony pulls PlayStation 3 update that bricked some consoles

By on June 19, 2013 at 7:15 PM.

Sony pulls PlayStation 3 update that bricked some consoles

Sony’s newfound goodwill with gamers won’t last long if it starts bricking users’ consoles. BBC News reports that Sony has pulled its 4.45 system update for the PlayStation 3 that was leaving some consoles unusable. Sony says that it is investigating the reason its latest update, which it first released on Tuesday, bricked consoles and tells BBC News that it only affected a “small number” of PlayStations worldwide. Sony also apologized to users and encouraged them to wait for an official fix for the problem instead of trying to fix it themselves.

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Video Game Sales May 2013

Nintendo 3DS outsold Xbox 360 in May as Wii U continued to flounder

By on June 18, 2013 at 3:45 PM.

Nintendo 3DS outsold Xbox 360 in May as Wii U continued to flounder

The video game industry continued its downward spiral in May. According to research firm NPD Group, retail sales of hardware, software and gaming accessories in the U.S. fell 25% to $386.3 million last month, their lowest level thus far in 2013. Hardware and software sales fell 31% year-over-year to $96 million and $175.1 million, respectively, while sales of gaming accessories declined 6% year-over-year to $115.3 million. Including sales of used games, rental and digitally delivered content, micro-transactions, subscriptions, mobile apps and social network games, consumers spent a total of $787 million on video games in May. More →

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Call of Duty: Ghost release date

Call of Duty: Ghost coming to Xbox 360, PS3, PC and ‘next-gen platforms’ on November 5th

By on May 1, 2013 at 11:59 PM.

Call of Duty: Ghost coming to Xbox 360, PS3, PC and ‘next-gen platforms’ on November 5th

Activision on Wednesday announced that the latest installment of its best-selling Call of Duty franchise, called Call of Duty: Ghost, will launch later this year on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC and “next generation platforms.” The latest Call of Duty game is being developed by Infinity Ward, the studio behind the original Call of Duty and the critically acclaimed Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series. Activision’s first-person shooter has consistently shattered game sale records year after year and its latest installment is expected to continue this trend. Call of Duty: Ghost is scheduled to be released on November 5th. Starting today, fans can pre-order the game at retail stores. Activision’s press release follows below. More →

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Xbox 360 reigns supreme for 27th consecutive month

Xbox 360 leads console sales for 27th consecutive month

By on April 19, 2013 at 2:25 PM.

Xbox 360 leads console sales for 27th consecutive month

Microsoft’s gaming console has remained the best-selling system in the United States for the 27th consecutive month, according to new data from NPD Group. The Xbox 360 sold 261,000 units in the U.S. in March, beating out Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Nintendo’s Wii U. As a whole, physical sales were down 10% year-over-year from $1.1 billion in March 2012 to $992.5 million in March 2013. Software sales remained almost flat at $554.8 million, only inching down just 1% from a year ago. The steepest decline came from hardware sales, which dropped a whopping 32% to $221.6 million. Portable consoles are said to have experienced a “stronger decline” than traditional ones, however sales of the Nintendo 3DS grew an estimated 9% year-over-year. Microsoft is expected to introduce an update to the Xbox, possibly called the Xbox 720 this spring.

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NVIDIA Mobile Graphics

NVIDIA exec: Next-generation mobile graphics will outperform Xbox 360 and PS3

By on April 2, 2013 at 3:38 PM.

NVIDIA exec: Next-generation mobile graphics will outperform Xbox 360 and PS3

The next generation of mobile graphics will be able to deliver better performance than the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, according to NVIDIA’s (NVDA) SVP of content and technology Tony Tamasi. Speaking to Bit-tech, the executive noted that current gaming systems are “barely more powerful” than mobile devices and he believes that upcoming smartphones and tablets powered by NVIDIA chipsets will finally begin to outperform traditional gaming consoles. More →

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Netflix Streaming PlayStation 3

PlayStation 3 was the world’s No.1 Netflix streaming device this year

By on December 4, 2012 at 8:00 PM.

PlayStation 3 was the world’s No.1 Netflix streaming device this year

There are dozens of devices that can stream Netflix (NFLX), but only one can machine be crowned the king of the living room. According to Netflix, that device is Sony’s (SNE) PlayStation 3 console. Without revealing any specific figures, Netflix announced on its blog “in the U.S. and globally, PS3 is the largest TV-connected platform in terms of Netflix viewing” and that “at times, PS3 even surpassed the PC in hours of Netflix enjoyment to become our No. 1 platform overall.”  More →

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PlayStation 3 Black Friday Sales

Sony sells over half a million PlayStation 3 consoles over Black Friday week

By on November 29, 2012 at 3:45 PM.

Sony sells over half a million PlayStation 3 consoles over Black Friday week

Both Microsoft (MSFT) and Nintendo (NTDOY) had a big week of console sales during Black Friday’s week of shopping madness in the U.S. So how did Sony (SNE) do in comparison? Sony Computer Entertainment of America president and CEO Jack Tretton announced on Thursday that the company sold 525,000 PlayStation 3 consoles and 160,000 PS Vita handhelds during the Black Friday week. Overall PlayStation sales of hardware, software and accessories are up 9% over the same period last year. Tretton was also happy to reveal that subscriptions to its PlayStation Plus grew 259% since last year with customer satisfaction flying high at 95% after Sony added the Instant Game Collection to the service earlier this year. More →

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Sony PlayStation 3 Lifetime Sales

Sony PlayStation 3 lifetime sales hit 70 million as it catches up to Xbox 360

By on November 16, 2012 at 9:15 AM.

Sony PlayStation 3 lifetime sales hit 70 million as it catches up to Xbox 360

Sony’s (SNE) six-year-old PlayStation 3 hasn’t run out of steam. The company announced on Friday that its PS3, first launched in 2006, finally hit 70 million units sold as of November 4th and is now neck and neck with Microsoft’s (MSFT) Xbox 360, which had the advantage of launching one year earlier. Packed with a Blu-ray drive and a strong library of games, movies and music, the PS3 has finally caught up to the Xbox 360 as it attempts to win the 10-year console cycle marathon. Nintendo’s (NTDOY) massively popular Wii still eclipses both consoles with 97 million cumulative  units sold, according to VGChartz. Sony also revealed that PlayStation Move motion controller has managed to shift over 15 million units since it launched in 2010. Sony’s press release follows below.

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Sony PlayStation Store Redesign Release Date

Redesigned Sony PlayStation Store now available in North America [video]

By on November 3, 2012 at 3:49 PM.

Redesigned Sony PlayStation Store now available in North America [video]

The Xbox 360 isn’t the only console getting a UI revamp. While Sony’s (SNE) PlayStation 3 isn’t getting an OS update to its XMB interface, the completely redesigned PlayStation Store is now officially live in North America. The good news for PlayStation users is that finding and navigating between new PlayStation Store content on the new UI is a much easier affair now. New releases are prominently displayed with prices and are no longer hidden under layers and layers of icons. The new Store is also much cleaner looking, faster to load and its search is more intelligent. Sony’s video walkthrough of for the redesigned PlayStation Store follows below.

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PlayStation 3 Encryption Keys Leak

Hackers crack Sony PlayStation 3 again, leak console’s encryption keys

By on October 24, 2012 at 11:35 PM.

Hackers crack Sony PlayStation 3 again, leak console’s encryption keys

Two more months and Sony (SNE) would have made it through the entire year without any drama involving hackers trying to crack its console security or bring down its PlayStation Network. According to Eurogamer, the PlayStation 3’s security has been breached by a hacker group called “The Three Tuskateers.” The hackers reportedly discovered the console’s “LV0″ firmware decryption keys and were forced to leak it out for free after another Chinese hacking crew called the “BlueDiskCFW” planned to profit off their work. In layman’s terms, the LV0 keys allow hackers to easily decrypt any PS3 firmware, meaning any patches Sony adds could easily be circumvented.

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Traditional gaming sales tumble 24% in September

By on October 12, 2012 at 9:49 PM.

Traditional gaming sales tumble 24% in September

Gaming Sales September 2012

The latest number from NPD Group paint a troubling picture for the gaming industry. In the month of September overall sales within the industry — including accessories, discs and consoles — in the United States fell 24% from $1.1 billion in 2011 to $848.3 million, CNET reports. Sales of gaming hardware alone tumbled 39% year-over-year to $210.9 million, while software sales decreased 18% year-over-year from $609.7 million to $497.4 million and accessories fell by 11% to $139.9 million.  More →

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Sony sees 138% boost in PlayStation 3 sales with new slimmer and smaller console

By on October 2, 2012 at 10:40 PM.

Sony sees 138% boost in PlayStation 3 sales with new slimmer and smaller console

New PlayStation 3 Sales Sony’s (SNE) “super slim” PlayStation 3 is off to a good start despite the console’s price actually increasing. According the MCV, Sony saw a 138% increase in PlayStation 3 sales with the release of its smaller, lighter game console in the United Kingdom. What’s more, MCV says that the 500GB model also accounted for 37% of all PlayStation 3 sales last week, which is particularly impressive since the slimmer model was only released this past Friday. More →

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