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 16,081 units between June 13 and June 19 to rank No. 3 in overall hardware sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 17,104 the week prior.

The hardware ranked one title in the top 10, including Sega Corp.’s Yakuza: Of the End at No. 3 with 55,775 copies sold.

Retailer Amazon.com Inc. this week began offering a $50 Bonus with the purchase of the Playstation 3 160GB Call of Duty: Black Ops Bundle in a new hardware promotion.

Sony this week will deploy a new firmware System Update to the Playstation Network of the Playstation 3.

Firmware 3.66 is said to be a minor update that includes system stability during the use of PS3 software and an improvement to network services.

Sony this week updated the Playstation Network for the PS3 with new downloads for June 21.

New Welcome Back offers from EA Inc. include discounts for 3 on 3 NHL Arcade at $3.00, Madden NFL Arcade at $5.00 and The Masters Eagle Pack for Tiger Woods 2012 at $20.99.

PS3 Game Downloads include Alien Zombie Mega Death at $7.99.

New PS3 Demos include the Virtua Tennis 4 PS3 Move / 3D Demo.

Pre-order sales for Sony Corp.’s Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception Collector’s Edition for the Playstation 3 increased this week at Amazon.com Inc. due to strong demand.

This week, the Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception Collector’s Edition held a 36 percent sales increase to rank at No. 136 in Amazon’s Video Games division.

The Collector’s Edition will include a Nathan Drake statue, replicas of Nathan Drake’s belt buckle and ring with necklace strap, a Steelbook game case, and a Traveling Chest case at $99.99.

Sony this week said the Multiplayer Beta for Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception for the Playstation 3 will drop to Playstation Plus and Infamous 2 owners June 28.

Full access to all Playstation Network members will follow July 5th.

Sales for the Playstation Move controller increased this week at Amazon.com Inc. amid a discount to under $40.

The PSP sold 31,741 units to rank as the No. 2 game hardware for the week.

The PSP go sold 55 units to rank No. 10 for the week.

The PSP ranked one title in the top 10, Little Battler Experience at No. 1 with 166,187 units sold.

Sony this week said it would prefer the new Playstation Vita to sell to the core gamer market due to a larger sales margin.

Jack Tretton, president and CEO Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., told Forbes.com this week said it wants to go after the core gamer with the PS Vita.

Pre-order sales for Sony Corp.’s Playstation Vita climbed this week at Amazon.com Inc. this week amid building demand for the handheld.

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

Sales for 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 2,875 units between June 13 and June 19 to rank No. 7 in overall sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 2,370 units the week prior.

The hardware ranked two titles in the top 10, including Steins Gate at No. 4 and Steins Gate Double Pack at No. 5.

Microsoft this week said it will deploy voice command-based advertising to the Kinect hardware for the Xbox 360.

The interactive advertising, called NUAds, will allow advertisers to purchase in-ad voice command options that allow consumers to interact with the advertisement.

Commands available for purchase include “Xbox Tweet” to allow the user to tweet about the brand, “Xbox More” to request additional information, “Xbox Near Me” to execute Bing to search for the nearest Xbox retailer, “Xbox Schedule” to send a user a reminder about an upcoming show, or a vote option that users can deploy with the wave of their hand.

Pre-order sales for Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary held in the top three ‘Most Wished For’ products at Amazon.com Inc. this week due to high demand.

EA Inc.’s Battlefield 3 ranked in the top 10 at GameStop Corp.’s online division this week amid strong pre-sale demand.

Pre-order sales for EA Inc.’s Mass Effect 3 climbed this week at Amazon.com Inc. amid building demand for the sequel.

Bethesda Softworks this week said it will offer a Bonus Physical Map with the pre-order purchase of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Sega Corp. this week released the Sonic Generations Demo. The demo includes the Green Zone level in classic 2D or 3D perspectives.

Microsoft and Epic Games Inc.’s Gears of War 3 horded to the top sales rank at Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s online division this week amid building demand for the sequel.

Nintendo Co.’s Wii held slow demand in Japan post reveal of the Wii U this month.

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Wii sold 6,678 units between June 13 and June 19 to rank No. 4 in overall sales.

By comparison, the Wii sold 6,357 units the week prior.

The hardware ranked one title in the top 10, Wii Party at No. 9 with 6,556 copies sold.

Disney Studios Interactive Inc.’s Cars 2: The Video Game is a fast racing title that offers solid controls and power-ups in action-packed races for the whole family in a Final Review.

Ubisoft Inc. this week games for Nintendo Co.’s Wii U hardware should have superior or at least similar graphics to the PS3 and the Xbox 360.

The company plans to announce a launch title that is a first-person shooter for the hardware.

Valve Corp. may develop for Nintendo Co.’s Wii U hardware the company said this week at the New York Games For Change Festival.

Gabe Newell, co-founded and managing director, Valve, told Joystiq that the Wii U seems a lot more powerful than the previous generation.

Nintendo Co.’s Nintendo 3DS beat Sony Corp.’s PSP in the latest retail figures from Japan.

Media Create Co. this week said the Nintendo 3DS sold 40,649 units between June 13 and June 19 to rank as the No. 1 hardware for the week.

The 3DS ranked two titles in the top 10, including The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D at No. 2 with 164,110 units sold, and Capcom Co.’s Mario Kart for the Nintendo 3DS climbed this week at Amazon.com Inc. amid building demand for the latest entry.

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

Technology News

HTC Corp.’s HTC Sensation 4G is a beauty and a beast with a rock-solid build quality and a fast dual-core performance in a Final Review.

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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