Consoles

Sony in £4m TV blitz

Sony UK is set to spend a whopping 4 million on its first Christmas TV campaign for PlayStation 3. The company is spending in the region of 3 million on TV campaigns for its flagship first-party releases: Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Ratchet And Clank: Tools Of Destruction and SingStar – earmarking …

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Video Marketplace launch imminent?

Games blog Joystiq is reporting that one eagle-eyed reader has spotted a message on the back of a recently purchased Microsoft Points Card that refers to the European version of Microsoft’s Xbox Live Video Marketplace – and claiming that the service will be exclusive to the UK, Ireland, France and …

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Study links games to violence

A recent study by Professor Rowell Huesmann of the University of Michigan has claimed that viewers of violent TV and video games are more susceptible to increased aggression, according to Science Daily . "Exposure to violent electronic media has a larger effect than all but one other well-known threat to …

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Virtual Console sales total $33m

Though it can be hard to get firm data from platform holders regarding the success, or otherwise, of their digital distribution offerings, Nintendo has stated that it has to date made $33 million from paid downloads on its Virtual Console service, IGN reports . This equates to 7.8 million downloads …

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Fils-Aime: Wii shortage a missed opportunity

With the global demand for Nintendo’s Wii currently far outweighing the available supply of hardware, despite the 1.8 million units being manufactured by the firm each month, Nintendo’s American president has admitted that the shortage is a missed opportunity for the platform holder. Retail giant Amazon recently admitted that it …

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Senator warns of killing-machine games

One of the most vocal critics of video games in North America, Senator Leland Yee, has issued a stark warning to parents concerning the purchasing of adult-themed games in the run-up to Christmas, Next-Gen reports. A statement from Yee’s office read: Unfortunately, some parents don’t realise that in many top …

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PSP battery gets an upgrade

Sony is to release a new battery pack for its portable games console the PSP that claims to be able to double the operating time of the new Slim & Lite version of the machine. The power cel, dubbed the PSP Extended Life Battery Kit, is actually thicker than the …

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Blu-Ray bossing European hi-def market

Whist it remains too early to predict if one format will emerge victorious in the ongoing battle to capture the hi-def disc format crown, Sony’s Blu-Ray standard appears to be winning the European war, having recently broken the one million unit sales barrier. This number represents just under 75 per …

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DS sets new UK sales record

Nintendo has ripped up the record books, with its DS handheld last week selling over 191,000 units, according to official ChartTrack data – more than any other hardware format has ever achieved in a seven-day period. Nintendo revealed the news to MCV this morning, with a spokesperson offering: We’re obviously …

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US: PS3 sales soar by 300 per cent

Some questioned Sony CEO Howard Stringer’s confidence when he spoke about the PS3’s North American breakthrough earlier this month – but the latest November sales numbers from the territory prove that the appetite for Sony’s next-gen console has massively increased. Since November 2nd PS3 sales have climbed by 298 per …

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