Media Create Co. this week said the Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 ranked third in hardware sales in the latest Japan retail activity.

The PS3 sold 17,104 units between June 6 and June 12 to rank No. 3 in overall hardware sales.

The hardware ranked two titles in the top 10, including Sega Corp.’s Yakuza: Of the End at No. 1 with 298,717 copies sold.

Sales for the Playstation 3 ranked second in U.S. hardware sales in the latest retail activity.

NPD Group Inc. this week said the PS3 sold 177,000 units to rank as the second best-selling hardware in Apr.

The figure represents a 15 percent increase in year-over-year sales.

EA Inc. this week demonstrated the single-player campaign of Battlefield 3 at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

The demonstration included a close-range firefight, destructible objects and a long-range takeout of snipers.

Sony this week said it will released the new Killzone 3 From the Ashes DLC for the Playstation 3 June 21.

The From the Ashes DLC includes two new Guerilla Warfare maps and two new Warzone maps.

New maps include the Lente Missile Base and Mobile Factory.

GameStop Corp. this week began offering a $50 Bonus with purchase of Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 160GB Call of Duty: Black Ops Bundle in a new hardware promotion.

Kyodo News this week reported that Sony Corp. subdued the severity of the external breach of the Playstation Network according to document filed with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

In a chronology of events submitted by Sony to the ministry, the report says the company was aware on Apr. 25 U.S. time that a ‘fairly large amount of data’ was compromised.

On Apr. 26 U.S. time, the company stated in a press release that it ‘cannot not rule out the possibility’ that account information had been breached.

A Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. representative said it did not know what kind of data had been compromised at the time and did not want to confuse customers.

Sony this week updated the Playstation Network for the PS3 and the PSP with new downloads for June 14.

New PS3 Game Downloads include Akimi Village at $9.99, Greg Hastings Pinball 2 at $19.99, Midnight Club 2: Los Angeles Complete Edition at $19.99, Outland at $9.99, and Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 at $9.99.

New PS3 Demos include the Outland Demo and the Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 Demo.

New PSP content includes Gods Eater Burst: DLC at no cost, Run Ghost Run at $2.99, Babel: The King of Blocks at $2.99, and The 2D Adventures of Rotating Octopus Character at $3.99.

Sony this month released the Revenge Trailer for Twisted Metal for the Playstation 3.

The Revenge Trailer includes the single-player campaign component for Sweet Tooth in a battle against a large Dollface character.

Media Create Co. this week said the PSP sold 26,281 units between June 6 and June 12 to rank as the No. 1 game hardware for the week.

The PSP go sold 69 units to rank No. 10 for the week.

The PSP ranked three titles in the top 10, including Acquire Corp.’s Akiba’s Trip at No. 8 and Patapon 3 at No. 10.

Pre-order sales Uncharted: Golden Abyss for the Playstation Vita increased this week at Amazon.com Inc. amid building demand for the title.

Pre-order sales for the Playstation Vita handheld ranked in the top five ‘Most Wished For‘ products at Amazon.com Inc. this week due to strong demand.

Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 hardware sold below 2,500 units in the latest Japan retail figures.

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Xbox 360 sold 2,370 units between June 6 and June 12 to rank No. 7 in overall sales.

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

Sales for the Xbox 360 hardware held as the top-selling hardware in the latest U.S. figures.

NPD Group Inc. this week reported that the Xbox 360 sold 270,000 units in Apr. U.S. sales to rank as the No. hardware for the month.

The figure is a 39 percent increase in year-over-year sales.

Microsoft this week said the Xbox Live division of the Xbox 360 has not been compromised despite a hacked data that may be used to log into an account.

The company said a group posted a list of thousands of email addresses and passwords that could be used across various online sites, including Xbox Live.

The Xbox 360 320GB Gears of War 3 Bundle ranked in the top 15 sales at GameStop Corp.’s online division amid strong pre-order demand for the bundle SKU.

The bundle, to be sold Sept. 20, will include a custom Xbox 360 320GB hardware with artwork inspired by Gears of War 3, two custome wireless controllers, and a copy of Gears of War 3 at $399.99. .

Pre-order sales for Halo 4 for the Xbox 360 climbed this week at Amazon.com Inc. amid building demand for the sequel.

Pre-order sales for Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary to the Xbox 360 ranked in the top 10 at GameStop Corp.’s online division due to strong demand.

EA Inc. this week released the Fall of Earth Trailer for Mass Effect 3.

The new trailer includes story and action elements to be found in the final game.

Activision Blizzard Inc. this week said the Call of Duty: Black Ops Annihilation DLC will deploy to the Xbox Live division of the Xbox 360 June 28.

Annihilation will include four multiplayer maps – Hangar 18, Drive-In, Silo and Hazard.

In addition, the DLC will include a Zombie adventure called Shangri-La.

Rockstar Games’ L.A. Noire ranked as the top-selling game title in Apr. U.S. sales figures.

Nintendo Co.’s Wii sold under 6,500 units in Japan post reveal of the Wii U this month.

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Wii sold 7,438 units between June 6 and June 12 to rank No. 4 in overall sales.

The hardware ranked one title in the top 10, Wii Party at No. 7 with 6,243 copies sold.

An analyst this week claimed that the Wii U hardware will be 50 percent more powerful than the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.

Industry Gamers reported this week that Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia said developers the firm spoke to indicated that the Wii U is 50 percent more processing power than the PS3 or Xbox 360.

The Wii U hardware will not support Sony Corp.’s Blu-ray disc format or the DVD format, the company said last week at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said the company feels many people own separate devices to facilitate Blu-ray or DVD playback and did not warrant the cost to incorporate the functionality into the Wii U.

Nintendo this week released Wii Play Motion for the Wii hardware to U.S. retail.

Wii Play Motion includes 12 brand new party games that supports multiplayer functionality for two to four users.

The Nintendo 3DS sold 24,649 units to rank as the No. 2 hardware for the week.

The 3DS ranked two titles in the top 10, Capcom Co.’s Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D at No. 2 with 15,551 units sold and One Piece: Unlimited Cruise SP at No. 8 with 5,523.

Meanwhile, the Nintendo DSi LL sold 5,283 units to rank No. 5, the Nintendo DSi sold 5,232 to rank No. 6, and the DS Lite sold 146 units to rank No. 9 in the same period.

Pre-order sales for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D for Nintendo Co.’s Nintendo 3DS ranked as the top-selling product at Amazon.com Inc. this week due to strong demand.

Pre-order sales for Capcom Co.’s Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D for Nintendo Co.’s Nintendo 3DS handheld climbed this week at Amazon.com Inc. due to increased demand.

Technology News

Redbox Automated Retail LLC this week began offering game rentals for the Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and the Wii in nationwide kiosks.

Video game releases will sell at $2 per day, joining $1 DVD rentals and $1.50 Blu-ray disc rentals.

T-Mobile USA Inc. this week released the HTC Sensation 4G by HTC Corp. to U.S. retail.

The HTC Sensation 4G includes a 1.2GHz Dual-Core Qualcomm CPU, 4.3-inch Super LCD qHD (540 x 940) capacitive touch screen, 4GB storage, 8MP rear camera with dual LED flash and 1080p HD recording functionality, front-facing camera, 4G support via HSPA+ and Google Inc.’s Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS.

The final unit includes HTC’s Sense 3.0 UI with new customizable active lock screen.

Take-Two Interactive Inc. this week terminated representation from public relations firm The Redner Group following a Twitter message that threatened to blacklist media outlets that wrote harsh reviews for the title Duke Nukem Forever.

The Redner Group, which represented Duke Nukem Forever, tweeted a threat to journalists this week following a the publications of multiple scathing reviews by industry media outlets.

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

Additionally, this week it is holding a up to 58 percent off Father’s Day DVD and Blu-ray disc Sale.

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