Media Create Co. this week said the Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 increased in year-end Japan retail activity.

The PS3 sold 75,943 units between Dec. 19 to Dec. 25 to rank No. 4 in overall hardware sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 65,119 to rank third the week prior.

The hardware ranked two titles in the top 10, including Koei Tecmo Corp.’s Warriors Orochi 2 and Square Enix Holdings Co.’s Final Fantasy XIII-2 at No. 5.

Sony this week announced a new wave of titles now available at the Playstation Store.

New titles this week include All Zombies Must Die, Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath HD, Splinter Cell HD Collection, Carnival Island, and MotorStorm Apocalypse.

Add-on Game Content includes the MotorStorm Apocalypse New Year’s Livery (free) and Saint’s Row The Third Warrior’s Pack at $2.99.

Retailer Best Buy Co. Inc. this week held Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3D Display $100 below the MSRP in a holiday sales initiative.

This week, customers can purchase the Playstation 3 3D Display at $399.99, $100 off the $499.99 MSRP.

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.

Retailer Amazon.com Inc. this week discounted EA Inc.’s Battlefield 3 to under $40 in a new year-end game sale.

This week, Battlefield 3 holds a sale price of $39.99, $20 off the $59.99 MSRP.

Media Create Co. this week said demand for Sony Corp.’s Playstation Vita fell in second-week sales figures.

The PS Vita sold 72,479 units between Dec. 19 and Dec. 25 to rank as the No. 5 hardware for the week.

By comparison, the hardware sold 324,859 during launch week.

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

Meanwhile, the PSP sold 101,121 units in the same period.

The Playstation Vita First Edition Bundle ranked in the top three pre-order products at Best Buy Co. Inc.’s online division due to strong advanced demand.

This week, the Playstation Vita First Edition Bundle ranked as the No. 15 best-selling pre-order product at Bestbuy.com.

The Playstation Vita First Edition Bundle, to be sold Feb. 15, 2012, will include the PS Vita 3G / Wi-Fi SKU, 4GB Memory Card, limited edition case, a copy of Little Deviants, and will ship one week earlier than the stand-alone PS Vita SKU at $349.99.

Pre-order sales for first-party titles to be sold at launch of Sony Corp.’s Playstation Vita increased this week at Amazon.com Inc pending release of the handheld hardware.

This week, Uncharted: Golden Abyss held a 162 percent sales increase to rank at No. 334 in Amazon’s Video Games division.

Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational held a 108 percent sales increase to rank at No. 355 in the same period.

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

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Xbox 360 sold 4,245 units between Dec. 19 and Dec. 25 to rank No. 8 in overall sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 3,584 units the week prior.

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

Microsoft this week announced a new wave of DLC content to be available in the Xbox Live division of Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360.

New titles to be available this week include All Zombies Must Die!, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Child of Eden, Wipeout: In the Zone, and Resonance of Fate.

Capcom Co.’s Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City Limited Edition SKU for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 and Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 ranked in the top 25 pre-order sales at Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s online division due to strong demand.

This week, the Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City Limited Edition PS3 SKU ranked as the No. 21 best-selling pre-order title at Walmart.com.

The Xbox 360 SKU ranked No. 22 in the same period.

Atlus Inc. this week said the character Mr. Karate will eb sold as a DLC download for SNK Playmore Corp.’s The King of Fighters XIII Jan. 10.

Mr. Karate is the alter ego of Takuma Sakazaki. The character will be sold via the Playstation Network at $4.99 and Xbox Live at 400 Microsoft Points.

Sales for Nintendo Co.’s Wii hardware ranked third in Japan in the latest retail data for the region.

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Wii sold 91,176 units between Dec. 19 to Dec. 25 to rank No. 3 in overall sales.

By comparison, the Wii sold 60,916 units the week prior.

The hardware ranked three titles in the top 10, including Kirby’s Return to Dreamland at No. 6 and Just Dance Wii at No. 7, and Inazuma Eleven Strikers 2012 Xtreme at No. 10.

The Wii U may offer an app store to allow owners to download new non-gaming software according to a new report.

The Daily this week reported the Wii U will include a broad category of downloadable applications that would run on the hardware or via the controller, which includes a 6.2-inch touchscreen.

The Nintendo 3DS sold near half a million units in Japan in year-end retail data from the region.

Media Create Co. this week said the Nintendo 3DS sold 482,200 units between Dec. 19 and Dec. 25 to rank as the No. 1 game hardware for the week.

The 3DS ranked five titles in the top 10 for the week, including Mario Kart 7 at No. 1, Super Mario 3D Land at No. 3, Capcom Co.’s Monster Hunter Tri G at No. 4, Bandai Namco Games Inc.’s SD Gundam G Generation 3D at No. 8, and Inazuna Eleven Go: Shine / Dark at No. 9.

Meanwhile, the Nintendo DSi LL sold 8,470 units, the Nintendo DSi 5,894 units, and DSL 32 units for the week.

Sales for the Nintendo 3DS have passed four million units according to a new report.

Japan-based data firm Enterbrain this week said the Nintendo 3DS has sold 4.1 million units in Japan to date.

Luigi’s Mansion 2 for the Nintendo 3DS ranked in the top 30 sales this week at Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s online division due to strong pre-order sales.

This week, Luigi’s Mansion 2 ranked as the No. 29 best-selling pre-order product at Walmart.com.

Technology News

LG Electronics Corp. this week said it will feature the world’s first 55-inch OLED display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV in Jan.

The display is said to hold a 5mm thin frame and feature a 100,000: 1 contrast ratio, in addition to a wider color gamut than standard flat-panel displays.

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. this week said it will purchase Sony Corp.’s 50 percent stake in the S-LCD Corp. for about $935 million.

Under the agreement, Samsung will acquire all of Sony’s shares of S-LCD Corp to become a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung.

The joint venture, which was founded in 2004, was built to cost-reduce the manufacture of LCD panels. Sony, however, will part with its stake in the venture due to consecutive losses from the partnership.

Sony will continue to take supply of LCD panels through the venture in a new agreement with Samsung.

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. this week said that the Galaxy S smartphone and the Galaxy Tab tablet will not receive Google Inc.’s Ice Cream Sandwich OS due to technical limitations.

The company said in a blog post that the two devices lack the required RAM and ROM for Android 4.0 after installation of Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz software.

Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy S phone will receive the Ice Cream Sandwich update due to its status as a pure Android device.

Hewlett Packard Co. pitched the assets of Palm Inc., including the webOS software for $1.2B to potential buyers according to a new report by VentureBeat.

The report says HP asked for $1.2 billion for Palm Inc. assets, the same price it purchased the company for in 2010.

HP in Dec. said it will maintain the webOS division as open source software for developers and hardware manufacturers.

Google Inc. this week said the company activated 3.7 million Android devices in late. Dec.

Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile at Google, tweeted this month that 3.7 million Android devices were activated between Dec. 24 and Dec. 25.

Android software is currently available in smartphones and tablets by manufacturers including HTC Corp. and Acer Inc.

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