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

The PS3 sold 12,935 units between May 16 and May 22 to rank No. 3 in overall hardware sales.

By comparison, it sold 13,789 units the week prior.

Sony this week said it estimates the restoration of the Playstation Store of the Playstation Network division by the end of May.

Sony this week said that the outage related to the Playstation Network and Qrocity services will cost $171 million for the fiscal year ending Mar. 2012.

Sony this week began the enrollment process for identity theft coverage to customers of the Playstation Network and Qriocity music service following an external security breach that shut down both divisions.

The AllClear ID Plus will be available at no cost to PSN and Qriocity users for 12 months from the beginning of registration.

Sony this week said the Networked Products and Services division, which includes the Playstation 3 and PSP business, recorded a profit of $492 million in the fourth quarter.

By comparison, the division held a $1.02 billion loss the year prior.

Sony this week said it will sell the limited edition Playstation 3 160GB Call of Duty: Black Ops Bundle at $299.99 May 31.

The PS3 160GB Call of Duty: Black Ops Bundle will include the PS3 160GB hardware, a copy of Activision Blizzard Inc.’s Call of Duty: Black Ops, the Call of Duty: Black Ops First Strike DLC Pack, and a Dualshock 3 Controller at $299.99.

Sony this week said it will release the Resistance Dual Pack for the Playstation 3 July 5th.

The Resistance Dual Pack includes Resistance: Fall of Man and Resistance 2, the Resistance 2 Aftermath Multiplayer Map Pack, Resistance 2 Skin Bundle, Resistance 2 Wraith Skin Multiplayer Weapon, and a Resistance 3 Capelli SRPA Multiplayer Skin at $39.99.

Retailer Amazon.com Inc. this week price cut the Dualshock 3 controller for the Playstation 3 to under $36 in new peripheral sale.

Sony this week detailed new pre-order bonus items for Resistance 3 for the Playstation 3.

Customers who pre-order the title at Amazon.com Inc. will receive access to the Air Fuel Grenade to release a large cloud of flammable vapor in the Resistance 3 single-player campaign.

Best Buy Co. Inc. customers who pre-order will receive a Lt. Nathan Hale Multiplayer Skin.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. customers who pre-order will receive a set of five custom name titles which yield exclusive multiplayer PSN tags.

GameStop Corp. customers will receive a necklace of Chimera teeth and a multiplayer booster to Level 5.

Sony this week said it will sell a new Limited Edition PSP Entertainment Pack at U.S. retail May 31.

The Limited Edition PSP Entertainment Pack will include the PSP-3000 handheld, 2GB Memory Stick Pro, Gran Turismo, and MLB 11 The Show at $199.99.

Media Create Co. this week said the PSP sold 30,463 units between May 16 and May 22 to rank as the No. 1 game hardware for the week.

The PSP go sold 65 units to rank No. 10 for the week.

The PSP ranked four titles in the top 10, including Akiba’s Trip at No. 1 and Konami Corp.’s Pro Baseball Spirits 2011 at No. 7.

Sales for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 hardware fell in the latest Japan retail figures.

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Xbox 360 sold 2,186 units between May 16 and May 22 to rank No. 7 in overall sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 2,763 units the week prior.

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

Amazon.com Inc. this week said first-week pre-order sales for Activision Blizzard Inc.’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 are four times the rate of pre-order sales of Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Activision Blizzard Inc. this week released new images of Activision Blizzard Inc.’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 that detail new city, nighttime, and underwater locations.

Retailers this week began pre-order sales for Forza Motorsport 4 for the Xbox 360.

The first production run of Forza Motorsport 4 an exclusive ‘Ship Bonus’ in-game car pack that includes five vehicles.

Amazon.com Inc. this week is offering the Subaru Impreza WRX STI to customers who pre-order the title.

Best Buy Co. Inc. will offer the BMW 1 Series M Coupe to pre-order customers.

GameStop Corp. will offer the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde to pre-order customers.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will offer the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman to pre-order customers.

Finally, Target Corp. will offer the Honda CR-Z EX to pre-order customers.

Retailer Amazon.com Inc. this week began offering a $20 Bonus with the pre-order purchase of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Inc.’s F.E.A.R. 3.

Microsoft Corp. and Epic Games Inc.’s Gears of War 3 for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 horded the top 15 game sales at Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s online division due to strong demand.

Ubisoft Inc.’s Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Future Solider for Xbox 360 will include support for the Kinect hardware.

Pre-order sales for 2K Games and Gearbox Software’s Duke Nukem Forever increased this week at Amazon.com Inc. post announcement of the title’s ‘gold’ manufacture-ready status.

Pre-order sales for Bethesda Softworks’ Oblivion 5th Anniversary Edition began this week at U.S. retail.

The Oblivion 5th Anniversary Edition PS3 SKU, Xbox 360 SKU, and the PC SKU hold an MSRP of $29.99 each.

Sales for Nintendo Co.’s Wii remained soft this week in Japan pending the reveal of the Wii successor in June.

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Wii sold 6,269 units between May 16 and May 22 to rank No. 4 in overall sales.

By comparison, the Wii sold 6,336 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.

Capcom Co. this week released a new trailer for Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D for Nintendo Co.’s Nintendo 3DS handheld.

The trailer features characters in the final game, including Chris Redfield, Barry Burton, Hunk, Claire Redfield, Rebecca Chambers, Jack Krauser, and Albert Wesker.

The Nintendo 3DS sold 17,240 units to rank as the No. 2 hardware for the week.

The 3DS ranked two titles in the top 10, Tecmo Koei Corp.’s Dead or Alive: Dimensions at No. 2 with 23,078 units sold and Steel Diver at No. 10 with 4,583 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.

Technology News

Amazon.com Inc. this week began sale of the new Kindle 3G with Special Offers SKU that offers the Kindle 3G SKU for $25 less by including sponsored screensavers.

Amazon this week launched a new Mac Download Store to allow customers to download popular software for Apple Inc. computers.

The Mac Download Store features more than 250 software and game titles to download.

Google Inc. this week said that it will launch Google Wallet, a new wirelesss payment application to be used in the Android operating system, this summer.

Google Wallet will utilize NFC, or near-field communications technology to allow consumers to pay for products with a tap of their smartphone.

The software can store virtual payment cards like a Citi MasterCard, Google Prepaid Card, or merchant gift card. Users tap their smartphone on the reader and the transaction is complete.

Microsoft this week said that the new Windows Phone 7 ‘Mango’ Update will introduce 500 new features to the operating system.

New features include Twitter and LinkedIn integration, contact groups, Xbox Live integration improvements, an Xbox Live Hub, Internet Explorer 9, Indoor Maps to Bing Maps, and Local Scout to list nearby points of interest.

Retailer Amazon.com Inc. this week is holding a under $10 Blu-ray sale.

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