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

The PS3 sold 18,338 units between Aug. 1 and Aug. 8 to rank No. 2 in overall hardware sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 20,704 the week prior.

The hardware did not rank any titles in the top 10 game sales for the week.

Sony this week deployed the Firmware Update 3.70 to the Playstation Network division of the Playstation 3 soon.

System Software Update 3.70 will include Auto Online Game Saves and Auto Trophy Sync for Playstation Plus members.

Additional updates include a TV/Video division in the XMB, which will include Netflix, Hulu Plus and VUDU applications, Blu-ray 3D support when accessing Java-based special features, DTS-HD MA, DTS-HD HR decoding/bit stream output when playing 3D Blu-ray titles, and 3D functionality for 3D photos in MPO format.

Finally, the company said System Software Update 6.60 will be released to the PSP shortly.

Sony this week said strong demand for the Playstation Move and the Playstation Sharp Shooter for the Playstation 3 led peripheral sales to increase in year-over-year retail data.

This week, the company said Playstation peripheral sales climbed 18 percent year-over-year in U.S. July retail data from NPD Group Inc.

Pre-order sales for Sony Corp.’s Resistance 3 for the Playstation 3 ranked in the top 25 this week at Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s online division due to strong demand.

This week, the Resistance 3 standard SKU ranked as the No. 30 best-selling pre-order product at Walmart.com.

Developer Insomniac Games Inc. this week re-enabled matchmaking functionality in Resistance 3 for the Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 following bug issues that squashed the feature.

Update 2.01 re-enabled matchmaking functionality in the U.S. A patch is expected to be available in the U.K. for European users the same day.

Finally, the developer plans to release a Day 1 Patch for the launch of the title next month to address issues including freezes, crashes, and lag.

Resistance 3 will be sold in a standard and Doomsday Edition SKU Sept. 6, 2011 at U.S. retail.

Retailer Amazon.com Inc. this week began offering a free copy of Resistance 3 with the pre-order of Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3D Display.

In the new offer, customers who pre-order the Playstation 3D Display with MotorStorm: Apocalypse will receive a copy of Resistance 3 at no additional cost.

The Playstation 3D Display is a 24-inch LED HD 3D display that includes built-in speakers, individual HD 3D in two-player mode, Playstation 3D Glasses and MotorStorm: Apocalypse at $499.99.

It will be sold this holiday.

EA Inc.’s Madden NFL 12 tackled the top three at Amazon.com Inc. this week amid a $20 pre-order bonus for the product.

Retailer Amazon.com Inc. this week price cut Sony Corp.’s the Dualshock 3 controller for the Playstation 3 to under $40 in new peripheral sale.

Pre-order sales for Sony Corp.’s Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection to the Playstation 3 ranked in the top 15 ‘Most Wished For’ products this week at Amazon.com Inc. amid building demand for the title.

Pre-order sales for Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception for the Playstation 3 held in the top 15 sales at Best Buy Co. Inc.’s online division this week due to strong demand.

The PSP sold 35,619 units for the week to rank at No. 1 in Japan.

The PSP go sold 0 units to rank No. 10 for the week.

The PSP ranked five titles in the top 10, including J League Pro Soccer Club 7! at No. 1, Toriko: Gourmet Survival at No. 3, and Taiko Drum Master Portable at No. 9.

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

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Xbox 360 sold 1,406 units between Aug. 1 and Aug. 8 to rank No. 7 in overall sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 1,616 units the week prior.

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

The Xbox 360 held as the No. 1 best-selling game hardware in the latest U.S. retail data.

NPD Group Inc. this week reported that the Xbox 360 sold 277,000 units in July.

In addition, retail sales for the Xbox 360 platform including hardware, software, and accessories totaled $250 million.

Pre-order sales for Microsoft Corp.’s limited edition Xbox 360 Limited Edition Star Wars Kinect Bundle held in the top 15 sales at Best Buy Co. Inc.’s online division this week due to strong demand of the bundle SKU.

The bundle will include a R2-D2 blue-and-white themed 320GB console, custom Xbox 360 Wireless Controller inspired by C-3PO, white Kinect sensor, Kinect Star Wars game at $449.99.

Valve Corp. this week said it will release Counter-Strike: Global Offensive to Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3, Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 and the PC in 2012.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will include new gameplay modes, maps, and characters, in addition to updated features and content from Counter-Strike.

NPD Group Inc. this week reported that EA Inc.’s NCAA Football 2012 ranked as the No. 1 software at July U.S. retail.

NCAA Football 2012 sold 796,000 units in July to rank as the No. 1 software across all platforms.

Bethesda Softworks this week announced the Elder Scrolls V: Collector’s Edition.

The Collector’s Edition SKU will include the Alduin Statue, Official Art Book, The Making of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim’ DVD at $149.99.

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

This week, customers who pre-order Battlefield 3 will receive an exclusive Dog Tag Pack.

It is concurrently offering the Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand expansion pack free with the pre-order purchase of Battlefield 3.

The Forza Motorsport 4 Limited Edition SKU for the Xbox 360 held in the top 20 this week at Best Buy Co. Inc.’s online division this week due to strong pre-order demand.

The Xbox 360 320GB Gears of War 3 Bundle held the top 20 sales at Best Buy Co. Inc.’s online division amid strong pre-order demand for the bundle SKU.

Halfbrick Studio’s Fruit Ninja Kinect for Microsoft Corp.’s Kinect hardware for the Xbox 360 offers a quick motion-sensitive melee to hand chop a mess of flying fruit in accurate and snappy sessions.

EA Inc. this week released the Madden NFL 12 Demo.

The Madden NFL 12 Demo includes a game between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears in 5-minute quarter sessions and multiple difficulty settings.

Pre-order sales for EA Inc.’s FIFA Soccer 12 increased this week at Amazon.com Inc. amid a $20 Bonus with the advanced purchase of the title.

Bethesda Softworks’ The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim held in the top 25 pre-order sales at Best Buy Co. Inc.’s online division this week due to strong pre-order demand.

D3 Publisher Inc.’s Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon is a decent third-person squad-based shooter that includes offline and online combat against a mob of insects and machines.

Sales for Nintendo Co.’s Wii ranked as the third best-selling hardware in Japan in the latest retail data.

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Wii sold 17,004 units between Aug. 1 and Aug. 8 to rank No. 4 in overall sales.

By comparison, the Wii sold 18,232 units the week prior.

The hardware ranked four titles in the top 10, including Rhythm Heaven at No. 4, Epic Mickey at No. 6, Family Fishing at No. 7, and Wii Sports Resort at No. 8.

Nintendo this week price cut the Nintendo 3DS handheld to $169.99, 33 percent off the current $249.99 MSRP.

Beginning Aug. 12, the Nintendo 3DS Aqua Blue SKU and the Cosmic Black SKU hold an MSRP of $169.99 each.

The Nintendo 3DS Flame Red SKU will sell Sept. 9 at $169.99.

Sales for the Nintendo 3DS spiked at retailer Amazon.com Inc. this week post price cut to under $170.

Sales for the Nintendo 3DS sunk in the latest retail data in Japan pending a price cut for the handheld.

Media Create Co. this week said the Nintendo 3DS sold 4,132 units between Aug. 1 and Aug. 8 to rank as the No. 5 game hardware for the week.

By comparison, the hardware sold 16,415 units the week prior.

The 3DS did not rank any software in the top ten.

Meanwhile, the Nintendo DSi LL sold 4,176 units to rank No. 4, the Nintendo DSi sold 3,900 to rank No. 5, and the DS Lite sold 102 units to rank No. 9 in the same period.

EA Inc.’s Star Wars: The Old Republic Collector’s Edition for the PC ranked in the top three game product at Amazon.com Inc. this week due to high pre-order demand.

This week, the Star Wars: The Old Republic Collector’s Edition ranked as the No. 2 product in Amazon’s Video Games division.

The Star Wars: The Old Republic standard SKU sells at $59.99.

The Star Wars: The Old Republic Collector’s Edition will include the Gentle Giant Darth Malgus statue, collectible metal case, The Journal of Master Gnost-Dural, Star Wars: The Old Republic galaxy map, Music of Star Wars: The Old Republic CD, Collector’s Edition box, and seven digital items at $149.95.

Technology News

Retailer Amazon.com Inc. this week began pre-order sales for HP Inc.’s TouchPad 4G SKU at under $700.

The TouchPad 4G is said to include 4G wireless broadband with data service, 9.7-inch LED multi-touch display, HP web OS 3.0 and Beats Audio sound at $699.99.

This week, the MacBook Air 11.6-inch SKU holds a discount price of $949.95, five percent off the $999.99 MSRP.

The entry level model includes the Intel Core i5 Dual-Core 1.6Ghz CPU, 11.6-inch display, 64GB Flash Storage, 2GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics 3000 Integrated GPU, FaceTime Camera, Multi-Touch Trackpad, 5-hour battery and Backlit Keyboard.

In addition, an upgraded 11.6-inch SKU with 128GB Flash Storage and 4GB RAM holds a sale price of $1139.95, five percent off the $1199.99 MSRP.

Finally, Amazon this week is holding a under $10 Blu-ray sale.

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