Media Create Co. this week reported solid sales for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 in the latest Japan retail activity.

The PS3 sold 74,459 units between Jan. 2 to Jan. 8 to rank No. 2 in overall hardware sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 67,199 to rank third the week prior.

The hardware ranked two titles in the top 10, including Koei Tecmo Corp.’s Warriors Orochi 2 at No. 5 and Square Enix Holdings Co.’s Final Fantasy XIII-2 at No. 7.

Sony Corp. this week said the Playstation 3 hardware has sold 3.9 million worldwide units this holiday season.

The company said it remains on track to meet its fiscal Mar. 2012 target of 15 million units sold worldwide.

Top global holiday titles included Uncharted: Drake’s Deception, Square Enix Co. Ltd.’s Final Fantasy XIII-2, and Namco Bandai Games Inc.’s Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS.

Total sales of Playstation hardware, including the PS2 and PSP topped 6.5 million units globally.

In addition, the company sold 1.7 million Playstation Move controllers in the holiday period.

Square Enix Holdings Co. this week released the demo for Final Fantasy XIII-2.

Sales for Sony Corp.’s Playstation Vita stabilized in the fourth week of sale in Japan after a three-week decline.

The PS Vita sold 42,815 units between Jan. 2 and Jan. 8 to rank as the No. 5 hardware for the week.

By comparison, the hardware sold 42,648 the week prior.

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

Meanwhile, the PSP sold 71,033 units to rank third in the same period.

Sony this week said the Playstation Vita handheld has sold 500,000 units after three weeks of availability in Japan and Asia.

The company this week said the PS Vita has sold half a million units since launch on Dec. 17 in Japan and Dec. 23 in Asia.

The hardware was released concurrently with 24 software titles including Namco Bandai Games Inc.’s Ridge Racer, Everybody’s Golf 6, and Uncharted: Golden Abyss.

Sony this week demonstrated the Playstation Vita at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV.

The display version held a solid operating system that allows users to touch on-screen icons and multitask between applications easily.

Titles including Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational, and Unit 13 offered solid controls and graphics.

AT&T Inc. this week announced wireless data plan pricing for the Playstation Vita 3G SKU.

In Feb. the company will offer two data plans – a 250MB plan at $14.99 per month and a 2GB plan at $25 per month.

Tecmo Koei America Corp. this month said Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus for Sony Corp.’s Playstation Vita will be sold at launch Feb. 22.

Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus will include touch screen, gyro sensor, and rear touch pad functionality to target enemies or launch stronger attacks.

The final game includes three difficulty levels, Ninja Trials sub missions, and Mission Mode.

Sony this week said it will partner with Netflix Inc. to allow Playstation Vita owners to stream content to their handheld device.

The company is working toward having the service available for PS Vita owners on or near launch day, Feb. 22, in the U.S.

Sales for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 hardware held a slight gain in the latest Japan retail figures.

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Xbox 360 sold 2,738 units between Jan. 2 and Jan. 8 to rank No. 8 in overall sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 2,453 units the week prior.

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

NPD Group Inc. this week said Microsoft Corp. sold 1.7 million Xbox 360 units in Dec. U.S. figures to rank as the No. 1 console in the nation.

Total Xbox product sales in Dec. totaled $1.5 billion.

Microsoft this week said the Xbox 360 has sold 66 million units globally. In addition, it has sold 18 million Kinect sensors and holds 40 million Xbox Live members.

Microsoft this week demonstrated Kinect Star Wars for the Xbox 360 this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV.

The Pod Race demonstration level offered gesture-based controls to facilitate vehicle turns and power boosts.

The demonstration build offered 3D graphics though passive glasses for an impressive effect. The frames-per-second is estimated to hover between 30 and 60 in the preview.

Activision Blizzard Inc. this week said it will release nine consecutive months of download content to Call of Duty Elite premium members in the Modern Warfare 3 Content Season program .

Beginning Jan. 24, the publisher will release nine consecutive months of content downloads, including new multiplayer maps Liberation and Piazza to Call of Duty Elite members via Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox Live online service.

Capcom Co. this week announced Versus Modes to be included in Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City.

Versus modes include 4 vs. 4 online team battles with the Umbrella Security Service (USS) against U.S. Spec Ops team; Team Deathmatch; Biohazard Mode to return samples of the G-Virus safely to their base; and Survivors Mode to survive in battle in wait for rescue.

Namco Bandai Games America Inc. this week said Armored Core V will be released in the U.S. Mar. 20.

The title will include team-based online multiplayer battles, online co-op functionality, and offline mode.

Capcom Co. this week released the demo for Asura’s Wrath. The demo includes distinct enemies across two levels to be found in the final game.

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

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Wii sold 49,525 units between Jan. 2 to Jan. 8 to rank No. 4 in overall sales.

By comparison, the Wii sold 33,208 units the week prior.

The hardware ranked four titles in the top 10, including and Just Dance Wii at No. 6, Wii Party at No. 8, Kirby’s Return to Dreamland at No. 9, and Wii Sports Resort at No. 10.

Nintendo Co.’s Nintendo 3DS held the top hardware sales rank in the latest retail data from the region.

Media Create Co. this week said the Nintendo 3DS sold 240,819 units between Jan. 2 and Jan. 8 to rank as the No. 1 game hardware for the week.

The 3DS ranked four titles in the top 10 for the week, including Mario Kart 7 at No. 1, Super Mario 3D Land at No. 2, Capcom Co.’s Monster Hunter Tri G at No. 3, and Inazuna Eleven Go: Shine / Dark at No. 4.

Meanwhile, the Nintendo DSi LL sold 3,971 units and the Nintendo DSi sold 3,565 units for the week.

Konami Corp. this week said Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D for Nintendo Co.’s Nintendo 3DS will be released Feb. 21 in the U.S.

The title will utilize the Nintendo Circle Pad Pro accessory to offer right analog functionality.

Technology News

Microsoft Corp. this week said it will launch Kinect for Windows in Feb. at $249.99 in the U.S.

The company this week said it is working with 200 companies on Kinect apps to deliver gesture-control functions and games to the PC.

LG Corp. this week announced a new lineup of home theater solutions that will include new full 3D sound technology.

The BH9420PW 3D Sound home theater system LG’s 3D Sound and 3D Sound Zooming technology through a 9.1 speaker system that combines a 3D Blu-ray disc player with Smart TV internet applications.

Vizio Inc. this week announced an entrance into the PC market with a new wave of desktop and notebook products with Microsoft Corp.’s Windows 7 to be sold in spring 2012.

Products include two all-in-one desktop solutions, two notebooks, and one netbook.

Dish Network Corp. this week announced new Hopper and Jack Whole-Home DVR solutions at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV.

The Hopper HD DVR and small Joey set-top boxes are said to offer a whole-home next-generation DVR system. The main Hopper unit includes three tuners, 2TB hard drive for 250 hours of HD or 1,000 hours of SD recordings, Bluetooth, and picture-in-picture functionality.

Mimoco this week announced the new Mimomicro USB drive and card reader this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV.

The Mimomicro product is a smaller design than the popular Mimobot collection of USB drives, with more versatile toy frames, removable micro SD card, LED indicator light, swing-out USB dongle, and keychain. Each measures at 1.6″ H x 1.0″ W.

Sony Corp. this week demonstrated the Xperia S at the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas, NV.

The Xperia S includes a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor, 32GB storage, a 4.3-inch 720p display, NFC, front 720p camera, and 12MP Sony Exmor R rear camera capable of shooting 1.5 seconds from standby.

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. this week showcased the company’s first 55-inch SUPER OLED TV this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV.

The 55-inch Super OLED TV will incorporate OLED technology for top picture and speed in a thin frame.

The final product will include Smart Interaction, Smart Apps, 3D functionality and multitasking.

Apple Inc.’s iPad 3 will include a new quad-core CPU, high-definition display and LTE functionality when it drops this spring according to a new report.

Acer Inc. this month said it will release the Iconia Tab A200 to U.S. retail Jan. 15 starting at $329.99.

The 10.1-inch tablet will include Google Inc.’s Android Honeycomb 3.2 OS, with free upgrade to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) in mid-Feb.

In addition, Acer this month said it will release the Iconia Tab A200 to U.S. retail Jan. 15 starting at $329.99.

The 10.1-inch tablet will include Google Inc.’s Android Honeycomb 3.2 OS, with free upgrade to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) in mid-Feb.

Motorola Mobility Inc. this week announced the Droid 4, a 4G LTE smartphone to be sold through Verizon Wireless.

The Droid 4 will include a half-inch thin chassis, 1.2 Dual-Core CPU, 4.0-inch qHD display, 1GB RAM, 5-row QWERTY keyboard with edge-lit keys, and Google Inc.’s Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread with upgrade functionality to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Australia-based Audiofly this week demonstrated a new line of professional-quality in-ear headphones at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV.

Geared towards music enthusiasts and musicians who like to hear the full dynamic range in their music, Audiofly’s various offerings aim to capture all of the subtle audio details present in all genres of music.

With dynamic drivers (dual drivers in the AF78 model) ranging from 9mm to 13mm, and a frequency range from 18-20KHz, Audiofly is hoping listeners can find a pair to their liking.

Audiofly offers four different models, each with a microphone option to total eight product choices.

iHip Portable Entertainment this week announced a new partnership with Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi for a new line of headphones at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV.

The line of headphones, which include shiny-studded and animal print designs, compliment the vibrant personality of the Jersey Shore reality star.

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