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 33,141 units between Aug. 22 and Aug. 28 to rank No. 2 in overall hardware sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 29,666 to rank third the week prior.

The hardware ranked two titles in the top 10, including Capcom Co.’s Monster Hunter Freedom 3 HD. Version at No. 1 with 287,829 copies sold.

Pre-order sales for Sony Corp.’s Resistance 3 for the Playstation 3 ranked in the top 15 this week at Best Buy Co. Inc.’s online division this week amid strong pre-sale demand.

In addition, pre-order sales for the Resistance 3 Doomsday Edition SKU for the Playstation 3 climbed this week at Amazon.com Inc. this week amid building pre-sale demand.

Pre-order sales for the Playstation 3D Display climbed this week at retailer Amazon.com Inc. amid an offer for a free copy of Resistance 3 with the advanced purchase of the product.

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.

Sony this week released the demo for God of War: Origins to the Playstation Network division of the Playstation 3.

The God of War: Origins is now available via the
God of War: Origins includes God of War: Chains of Olympus and God of War: Ghost of Sparta for the PSP remastered in high-definition with full 3D support.

The final game includes Trophy support, DLC content from God of War: Ghost of Sparta, and the God of War: Game Directors Live Video at $39.99.

Retailer Amazon.com Inc. this week began pre-order sales for Sony Corp.’s Uncharted Greatest Hits Dual Pack for the Playstation 3.

The Uncharted Greatest Hits Dual Pack, to be sold Sept. 6, includes Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves at $39.99.

Pre-order sales for Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception for the Playstation 3 ranked in the top 10 sales at Best Buy Co. Inc.’s online division this week due to strong demand.

Sales for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 320GB Infamous 2 Bundle increased this week at retailer Amazon.com Inc. amid strong demand of the new bundle SKU.

In addition, sales for the Playstation 3 160GB SKU ranked in the top ten sales at retailer Amazon.com Inc. following a price cut to $249.99.

The PSP sold 33,141 units for the week to rank at No. 3 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 Black Rock Shooter: The Game at No. 2, Mobile Suit Gundam: New Giran’s Ambitiona at No. 3, and Dynasty Warriors 7: Special at No. 5.

Sales for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 hardware tallied below 1,400 units in the latest Japan retail figures.

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Xbox 360 sold 1,393 units between Aug. 22 and Aug. 28 to rank No. 8 in overall sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 1,427 units the week prior.

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

Microsoft Corp. this week said it will sell the Xbox 360 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Bundle at $399.99.

The Xbox 360 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Bundle, to be sold Nov. 8, will include an Xbox 360 320GB SKU with custom Modern Warfare 3 graphics and sounds, two custom wireless controllers, special Avatar items, Bluetooth Headset, and a copy of Modern Warfare 3 at $399.99.

The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Hardened Edition SKU, to be sold Nov. 8, will include unique disc art, 1-year of Call of Duty: Elite Membership, Special Founder Status on Call of Duty: Elite, Steelbook Case, Exclusive Playstation Network Animated Timeline Theme, Exclusive Special Ops Juggernaut Xbox Live Outfit, and a Limited Edition Collectible Field Journal.

It will sell at $99.99.

Microsoft Corp. and Epic Games Inc.’s Gears of War 3 for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 locked the top three game pre-order sales at Best Buy Co. Inc.’s online division amid building demand for the sequel.

In addition, the Xbox 360 320GB Gears of War 3 Bundle flanked the top 15 sales at Best Buy Co. Inc.’s online division amid strong pre-order demand for the bundle SKU.

Microsoft Corp.’s 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.

Microsoft Corp. this month release a new Concept Art Trailer for Halo 4 for the Xbox 360.

The trailer includes new planet locations, ships, and structures.

Microsoft this week said Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary will include 3D functionality and new multiplayer maps to be included in the HD remaster.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary will include stereoscopic 3D functionality for 3D HDTV owners.

New remastered maps include Timberland, Prisoner and Installation 04.

Pre-order sales for EA Inc.’s FIFA Soccer 12 ranked in the top 15 this week at Amazon.com Inc. amid a $20 Bonus with the advanced purchase of the title.

Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment Inc. this week said it will release the Batman: Arkham City Collector’s Edition SKU ranked in the top five pre-order sales at Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s online division due to strong demand.

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

EA Inc. this week released Madden NFL 12 to U.S. retail.

Sales for Nintendo Co.’s Wii sunk in Japan in the latest retail data.

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Wii sold 11,342 units between Aug. 22 and Aug. 28 to rank No. 4 in overall sales.

By comparison, the Wii sold 18,256 units the week prior.

The hardware ranked one title in the top 10, Rhythm Heaven at No. 6.

Pre-order sales for Nintendo Co.’s The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Gold Remote Bundle for the Wii ranked as the top-selling pre-order product at GameStop Corp.’s online division upon availability at the retailer.

The The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Gold Remote Bundle will include The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Music CD soundtrack, and a Gold Wii Remote with Triforce symbol at $69.99.

Sales for Nintendo Co.’s Nintendo 3DS held as the top-selling game hardware in the latest retail data in Japan post price cut a price cut for the handheld.

Media Create Co. this week said the Nintendo 3DS sold 60,781 units between Aug. 22 and Aug. 28 to rank as the No. 1 game hardware for the week.

The 3DS ranked two titles in the top 10, including Pokemon Rumble Blast at No. 9 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D at No. 10.

Meanwhile, the Nintendo DSi LL sold 3,235 units to rank No. 5, the Nintendo DSi sold 2,384 to rank No. 6, and the DS Lite sold 110 units to rank No. 9 in the same period.

Nintendo Co.’s Nintendo 3DS lead game product sales at Toys R Us Inc.’s online division due to strong demand of the handheld post price cut.

In addition, pre-order sales for for Nintendo Co.’s Nintendo 3DS Flame Red SKU burned the top 10 sales at Toys R Us Inc.’s this week pending release of the new hardware SKU.

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

Pre-order sales for Nintendo Co.’s Mario Kart 7 for the Nintendo 3DS gained this week at Amazon.com Inc. this week post price cut of the handheld hardware.

Technology News

The U.S. Department of Justice this week filed an antitrust lawsuit in an attempt to block AT&T Inc.’s acquisition of T-Mobile USA Inc.

The suit filed Wed. U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia states “the combination of AT&T and T-Mobile would result in U.S. consumers facing higher prices, fewer choices, and lower quality products”.

Amazon.com Inc. may begin shipment of a 7-inch tablet device in Oct. and a 10-inch tablet in 2012 according to a new report.

The DigiTimes this week said Amazon’s 7-inch tablet PC will be supplied by Quanta Computer and is expected to start shipping this Oct.

Meanwhile, a 10.1-inch tablet to be supplied by Foxconn Electronics will be produced in the first quarter of 2012.

Foxconn currently manufactures the popular Amazon Kindle e-reader.

Forrester Research Inc. this week said Amazon.com Inc. may sell up to five million tablets in the fourth quarter of 2011 should the company market a device at under $300 this fall.

HP Inc. this week said it may resurrect the TouchPad tablet after a clearance sale prompted strong consumer demand for the product.

Todd Bradley, executive vice president of HP’s Personal Systems Group, told Reuters this week that it may resurrect the discontinued tablet.

“Tablet computing is a segment of the market that’s relevant, absolutely,” Bradley said.

The Palo Alto, CA-based company said this week it will manufacture a limited quantity of TouchPad tablets in the fiscal fourth quarter of 2011, which ends Oct. 31, to meet demand.

Lenovo Group Limited this week said it will sell the new A1 Tablet this fall at $199.

The A1 will include a 1Ghz Cortex A8 CPU, 1024 x 600 capacitive touch-screen display, built-in GPS, 3MP front and rear cameras, 2GB of internal storage, SD card slot, micro-USB port, 7-hour battery, and Google Inc.’s Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS.

The final SKU will include access to the Lenovo App Shop that features 200 with 7-inch display support.

While the $199 8GB SKU is said to ship in Europe, the U.S. will receive a 16GB SKU at $249 and a 32GB SKU at $299.

Samsung Group this week said the Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone will be sold at U.S. carriers, including Sprint Corp., T-Mobile Inc. and AT&T Inc.

The Samsung Galaxy S II, which operates Google Inc.’s Android 2.3 OS, will be sold as the Epic 4G Touch via Sprint Sept. 16 at under $200 with contract.

The Samsung Galaxy S II will be sold to T-Mobile Inc. and AT&T this fall.

Samsung Group this week said it will sell the new Galaxy Tab 7.7 and Galaxy Note Tablet.

The Galaxy Tab 7.7 will include a 7.7-inch Super AMOLED 1280 x 800 display, 1.4 Ghz Dual-Core CPU, TouchWiz UX interface, HSPA+ functionality, Wi-Fi, and a 5,100 mAh battery for up to 10 hours of video playback.

The Galaxy Tab 7.7 will be sold in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB SKUs. A U.S. release is to be determined.

The Galaxy Note will include a 5.3-inch Super AMOLED 1280 x 800 display, 1GB RAM, 8MP HD camera, 2MP front-facing camera, and either 16GB or 32GB storage.

The Galaxy Note will feature the S pen to facilitate stylus functionality with built-in applications.

Pricing and availability is to be determined.

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.

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