Media Create Co. this week said the Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 ranked third in hardware sales in the latest Japan post restore of the Playstation Network division.

The PS3 sold 13,789 units between May 9 and May 15 to rank No. 3 in overall hardware sales.

By comparison, it sold 20,883 units the week prior.

The hardware ranked two titles in the top 10, including Konami Corp.’s Pro Spirits Baseball 2011 at No. 9.

Sony this week said it will resume operation of the Playstation Store division of the Playstation Network on May 24 according to an internal memo to game developer partners.

While the Playstation Network was restored last week to most territories, the Playstation Store has been held offline to prevent users from purchasing new content.

Sony this week restored the Playstation Network division in the U.S.

In addition, service was restored in the UK, Ireland, Middle East, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico and South America .

Restoration includes sign-in to the Playstation Network and Qrocity division, including password reset; restoration of online gameplay across the PS3 and PSP; playback of rental video content; access to third-party services like Netflix and Hulu; Friends functionality, and Playstation Home.

The company said it has implemented new and additional security measures, including updating and adding advanced security technologies, additional software monitoring and penetration and vulnerability testing, and increased levels of encryption and additional firewalls.

The new Firmware 3.61 is a mandatory update that will require PSN users to change their password prior to login of the network.

The company expects to have service fully restored by the end of May.

Advanced sales for Infamous 2 standard and Hero Edition SKU for the Playstation 3 increased this week at GameStop Corp.’s online division due to solid demand.

Sony this week detailed the ‘Welcome Back’ customer appreciation initiative for Playstation 3 and PSP owners following restoration of the Playstation Network this week.

All PSN customers can select two PS3 titles for 30 days after the Playstation Store is restored. Titles include Dead Nation, Infamous, LittleBigPlanet, Super Stardust HD, and Wipeout HD + Fury.

PSP owners can download two titles for 30 days after the Playstation Store is online. Titles include LittleBigPlanet, ModNation Racers, Pursuit Force, and Killzone Liberation.

In addition, PSN users will receive select rental movie titles, 30 days of Playstation Plus membership, 60 days of free subscription for existing Plus members, 30 days of free premium subscription to Qriocity Music Unlimited Premium Trial subscription members, 30 days plus time lost to Music Unlimited Premium/Basic subscription; and 100 free virtual items for Playstation Home.

Sony this week denied a second attack on the Playstation Network following a password reset email exploit.

Sony this week said it temporarily took down a website that allowed PSN and Qriocity users to reset their account password due to a URL exploit that was subsequently fixed.

The company encourages all users to reset their password via the PS3 hardware.

Sony this week announced new in-game pre-order bonus items to be sold with to advanced orders of Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One for the Playstation 3.

Amazon.com Inc. is offering a T-Rex Morph Weapon Mod to customers who pre-order Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One.

Meanwhile, GameStop.com is offering a hovering Mr. Zurkon to aid in battle.

Finally, Walmart.com is offering a Sheepinator Morph Weapon Mod to pre-order customers.

Sales for Sony Corp.’s PSP held a lead over Nintendo Co.’s Nintendo 3DS handheld in the latest retail figures from Japan.

Advanced sales for the Infamous 2 standard and Hero Edition SKU increased this week at GameStop Corp.’s online division due to solid demand.

Pre-order sales for Namco Bandai Games America Inc. this week said it will release Dark Souls ranked in the top 10 game sales at Amazon.com Inc. amid strong demand.

Media Create Co. this week said the PSP sold 34,655 units between May 9 and May 15 to rank as the No. 1 game hardware for the week.

The PSP go sold 171 units to rank No. 10 for the week.

The PSP ranked six titles in the top 10, including Patapon 3 at No. 5 and Konami Corp.’s Pro Baseball Spirits 2011 at No. 6.

Sales for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 hardware held as the No. 7 hardware in the latest Japan retail figures.

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Xbox 360 sold 2,763 units between May 9 and May 15 to rank No. 7 in overall sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 3,419 units the week prior.

The hardware did not rank any titles in the top 10.

Pre-order sales for Activision Blizzard Inc.’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 held in the top 15 sales at Amazon.com Inc due to strong demand.

The Modern Warfare 3 PS3 SKU, Modern Warfare 3 Xbox 360 SKU, and PC SKU hold an MSRP of $59.99 each.

It will be sold Nov. 8.

Modern Warfare 3 is said to include new locations like New York, London and Paris, in addition to several lead characters.

Finally, the sequel is said to include a co-op survival mode.

Microsoft this week said pre-order sales for Epic Games Inc.’s Gears of War 3 for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 have reached one million units worldwide.

The sales mark ranks Gears of War 3 as the fastest pre-ordered Xbox exclusive in history.

Additionally, the Gears of War 3 Multiplayer Beta has logged 1.29 million players and 11 million multiplayer matches.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. this week began sale of a new Xbox 360 4GB Bundle that includes a $50, Xbox Live, and extra controller bonus at under $200.

This week, customers who purchase the Xbox 360 4GB hardware with a bonus $50 eGift Card, extra Wireless Controller, and 3-Month Xbox Live Gold Card at $199.00.

Bethesda Softworks this week released the Fallout: New Vegas Honest Hearts DLC to the Xbox Live division and Steam.

Honest Hearts is an expedition to Utah’s Zion National Park in a war between tribes, a New Canaanite missionary and the mysterious Burned Man.

Rockstar Games’ L.A. Noire led game sales this week at Amazon.com Inc. post launch of the new IP.

Sales for Nintendo Co.’s Wii plummeted this week in Japan pending the reveal of the Wii successor next month.

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Wii sold 6,336 units between May 9 and May 15 to rank No. 4 in overall sales.

By comparison, the Wii sold 11,520 units the week prior.

The hardware did not rank any titles in the top 10.

Nintendo in Apr. said it will demonstrate a playable model and announce more specifications of the Wii successor at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in June.

The Nintendo 3DS sold 18,324 units to rank as the No. 2 hardware for the week.

The 3DS ranked one title in the top 10, Steel Diver at No. 3 with 17,408 copies sold.

Meanwhile, the Nintendo DSi LL sold 5,358 units to rank No. 5, the Nintendo DSi sold 5,292 to rank No. 6, and the DS Lite sold 208 units to rank No. 9 in the same period.

Reports claim the Wii successor, dubbed Project Café, will have a three-core CPU, 6.2-inch touch-screen controller, and high-definition functionality.

The controller is said to be able to stream content from the console.

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