Sony Corp. this week price cut the Playstation 3 to $249.99 effective immediately.

The hardware will be sold at 249 Euros in Europe and 24,900 yen in Japan.

In addition, the PS3 320GB Move Bundle now sells at $349.99.

Sales for the PS3 160GB SKU spiked this week said at retailer Amazon.com Inc. following a price cut to $249.99.

Sony this week began sale of the new Playstation 3 320GB Infamous 2 Bundle at $299.99.

The Playstation 3 320GB Infamous 2 Bundle includes the PS3 320GB hardware SKU, Infamous 2, a 30-day Playstation Plus trail membership and Dualshock 3 Controller at $299.99.

Retailer Amazon.com Inc. this week began offering Multiplayer Beta Access for Sony Corp.’s Resistance 3 for the Playstation 3 with the pre-order purchase of the product.

Sony this week previewed bonus content to be included in Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection to the Playstation 3 to U.S. retail Sept. 29.

Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection Bonus Content will include an early concept and video montage of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus; concept video for Nico, an undeveloped title that became Shadow of the Colossus; 20-minute roundtable discussion with the title’s creator, producer, and designer; and a 12-minute behind-the-scenes video at the SCEI offices in Japan.

Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection will include both Playstation 2 classics remastered in high-definition at $39.99.

The final game will include 3D support and Trophies functionality. Bonus content includes two XMB Dynamic Themes and exclusive video content.

Sony Corp. this week said it has partnered with DirecTV Inc. to offer NFL Sunday Ticket to owners of the Playstation 3 hardware.

Current DirecTV subscribers can pay an extra $50 to access NFL Sunday Ticket from the PS3 and use the hardware as an additional receiver.

Owners who do not have access to DirecTV can pay $339.95 to subscribe to NFL Sunday Ticket via the PS3.

Sony this week said it will release the Festival of Blood DLC expansion to Infamous 2 the Playstation 3.

Festival of Blood, to be sold in Oct., will feature lead character Cole MacGrath who is bitten by a vampire and must break his curse by killing the head vampire in one night.

The DLC is said to include brand new enemies and locations.

Tecmo Koei Corp. this week said Ninja Gaiden 3 for the Playstation 3 will include Playstation Move functionality.

The publisher said the title will be compatible with all Move peripherals to offer motion control when battling enemies.

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

The PS3 sold 20,239 units between Aug. 8 and Aug. 14 to rank No. 2 in overall hardware sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 18,338 the week prior.

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

Sony this week said the Playstation Vita will offer dedicated social media applications when the hardware is sold in Japan in 2011 and in the U.S. and Europe in 2012.

Downloadable applications include Facebook, Twitter, foursquare and Skype.

Each application will be downloadable via the Playstation Network at the Playstation Store.

Sony this week said it will release Resistance: Burning Skies to the Playstation Vita.

Resistance: Burning Skies will include an all-new story that follows New York fireman Tom Riley.

The title is said to include new weapons, new enemies, new cover system, and alternate fire touch-screen controls, like touch shooting and grenade tosses.

A release date is to be determined.

Sony this week released a new trailer for Uncharted: Golden Abyss for the Playstation Vita.

The new trailer introduces the character Marissa Chase who joins Nathan Drake in a quest to solve a historical mystery.

The PSP sold 40,409 units for the week to rank at No. 2 in Japan.

The PSP go sold 20 units to rank No. 10 for the week.

The PSP ranked four titles in the top 10, including Pokemon Hunter Diary at No. 1, Uta no Prince-Sama at No. 5, J League Pro Soccer Club 7! at No. 7, Toriko: Gourmet Survival at No. 8.

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

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Xbox 360 sold 1,576 between Aug. 8 and Aug. 14 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.

Microsoft Corp. and Epic Games Inc.’s Gears of War 3 for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 held in the top three retail positions at Amazon.com Inc. amid strong demand for the action sequel.

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

EA Inc.’s Madden NFL 12 punted to the top 10 at Best Buy Co. Inc.’s online division this week due to strong pre-order demand.

Amazon.com Inc. this week is offering a $20 Bonus with the pre-order purchase of Madden NFL 12.

In addition, pre-order customers will receive the exclusive All Rookies Team and the All Sophomores Team at no additional cost.

EA Inc. this week released a new trailer for Battlefield 3.

The Caspian Border Trailer features multiplayer vehicle gameplay including fighter jets, helicopters, tanks and standard ground combat.

Microsoft this week said tennis will be included in Kinect Sports Season 2 for the Kinect hardware for the Xbox 360.

In addition to tennis, new activities to be featured in the title include darts, skiing, football and golf.

Forza Motorsport 4 Limited Edition SKU for the Xbox 360 held in the top 25 this week at Best Buy Co. Inc.’s online division this week due to strong pre-order demand.

Pre-order sales for Microsoft Corp.’s limited edition Xbox 360 Limited Edition Star Wars Kinect Bundle struck the top 20 sales at Best Buy Co. Inc.’s online division this week due to strong demand of the bundle SKU.

EA Inc. this week released the Squad Leader for Mass Effect 3.

The new trailer includes in-game combat including fire, melee, and cover options.

Capcom Co. this week said Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 will include Doctor Strange and Nemesis from Resident Evil in the final roster.

Signal Studios’ Toy Soldiers: Cold War for Xbox Live division of the Xbox 360 is a solid war simulation title that includes fast action strategy gameplay, local and online co-op, and arsenal of weaponry to win the good fight.

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

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Wii sold 19,607 units between Aug. 8 and Aug. 14 to rank No. 4 in overall sales.

By comparison, the Wii sold 17,004 units the week prior.

The hardware ranked four titles in the top 10, including Rhythm Heaven at No. 3, Wii Sports Resort at No. 9, and Epic Mickey at No. 10.

Nintendo this week said it will sell The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for Wii Nov. 20 at U.S. retail.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is the latest entry in the RPG franchise. It will include Wii MotionPlus functionality to simulate sword fighting, and Nunchuk functionality to simulate shield use.

Select enemies require vertical or horizontal sword strikes to be defeated. Also, puzzles will utilize the 1-to-1 tracking of the Wii MotionPlus.

Sales for Nintendo Co.’s Nintendo 3DS spiked in the latest retail data in Japan pending a price cut for the handheld.

Namco Bandai Holding Inc. this week said it will release Tekken 3D Prime Edition to Nintendo Co.’s Nintendo 3DS.

Tekken 3D Prime Edition is said to include more than 40 fighters, new stages, and Wi-Fi functionality.

The final game will include the Tekken Blood Vengeance 3D Movie in stereoscopic 3D.

A release date is to be determined.

Capcom Co. this week released a new trailer for Resident Evil: Revelations for the Nintendo 3DS.

The new trailer introduces a new evil organization called Veltro that plans to infect U.S. waters with a biohazard virus.

Pre-order sales for Nintendo Co.’s Mario Kart for the Nintendo 3DS ranked in the top 25 ‘Most Wished For’ products at Amazon.com Inc. this week due to strong demand.

In addition, pre-order sales for Super Mario 3D Land for the Nintendo 3DS ranked in the top 15 ‘Most Wished For’ products this week at Amazon.com Inc. post price drop of the 3DS hardware to Nintendo 3DS handheld to $169.99.

Media Create Co. this week said the Nintendo 3DS sold 196,077 units between Aug. 8 and Aug. 14 to rank as the No. 1 game hardware for the week.

By comparison, the hardware sold 4,132 units the week prior.

The 3DS ranked two titles in the top 10, including Pokemon Rumble Blast at No. 2 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D at No. 6.

Meanwhile, the Nintendo DSi LL sold 4,213 units to rank No. 5, the Nintendo DSi sold 3,531 to rank No. 5, and the DS Lite sold 102 units to rank No. 9 in the same period.

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

The PSP sold 40,409 units for the week to rank at No. 1 in Japan.

EA Inc.’s Star Wars: The Old Republic Collector’s Edition for the PC held in the top 10 best-selling products at GameStop Corp.’s online division this week due to high pre-order demand.

This week, the Star Wars: The Old Republic Collector’s Edition ranked as the No. 6 product at Gamestop.com.

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.

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Sony this week utilized Twitter Inc.’s advertising program to promote a price cut for the Playstation 3 hardware.

This week, the company ran a sponsored hashtag called ‘#PS3now249’ that was promoted to the top of the U.S. Trends list.

The tweet, promoted by Sony Corp.’s U.S. game division @Playstation account, held more than 800 retweets during the day.

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

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