Sales for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 ranked second in Japan in the latest retail figures for the region.
Media Create Co. this month reported the PS3 sold 11,832 units between May 27 and June 2 to rank No. 2 in overall hardware sales.
By comparison, the hardware sold 13,318 units the week prior.
The Last of Us ranked as the top pre-order title at Best Buy Co. Inc.’s online division one week prior to release.
This week, The Last of Us ranked as the No. 1 best-selling pre-order product at BestBuy.com’s Video Games division.
Customers who pre-order The Last of Us will receive a $10 Amazon Video Credit and the Sights and Sounds Pack, which includes the official game soundtrack, PS3 Dynamic Theme, and PSN Avatars at no additional cost.
Sega Corp. this week said it will release Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F to the Playstation 3 and the Playstation Network in Aug.
The rhythm-based title features 38 tracks, the option to share and edit tracks, and the ability to customize Hatsune Miku with more than 90 different costumes and accessories.
Sony this week detailed pre-order bonus items for Puppeteer for the Playstation 3.
Customers who pre-order the title will receive the Theatrical Pack which includes the official game soundtrack, PS3 Dynamic Theme, and PSN Avatars.
Puppeteer is a third-person platform adventure title in which lead character Kutaro can don Hero Heads to deploy new powers.
Activision Blizzard Inc. this week said for Diablo III for the Playstation 3 will be sold Sept. 3.
The title will include local co-op, new inventory system, updated boss battles and more.
The Playstation 4 will sell at $350 and Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox One will sell at $400 in a new estimate from Wedbush Morgan Securities.
In a note to investors, analysts Michael Pacter and Nick McKay estimate the PS4 will retail at $350 based on a bill of materials cost to total $275, and the Xbox One will sell at $400 based on a bill of materials estimate at around $325.
Sony this week said it will release Warframe for the Playstation 4 at launch.
Developed by Digital Extremes, the free-to-play action combat title features solo and cooperative functionality and touch pad control options like a swipe to charge at an opponent.
Sony Online Entertainment LLC this week said it will release DC Universe Online and Planetside 2 to the Playstation 4.
DC Universe Online and Planetside 2 will be available as free-to-play titles with additional in-game purchases via digital download.
Atlus Inc. this week said Daylight will be released to Playstation 4 in early 2014.
Developed by Zombie Studios, the title is a horror title that randomly generates level layouts and item locations.
Sony this week released the Developer Trailer for DriveClub for the Playstation 4.
The trailer features a conversation with the development team which highlights key game options including the ability to form a race club for cooperative and competitive events, in addition to a combination of casual and simulation gameplay.
Sony this week released the Motion Capture Trailer for Infamous: Second Son for the Playstation 4.
The trailer includes the utilization of motion capture techniques for body and facial movements, in addition to facial scans to relay character emotion.
Sales for the Playstation Vita held the No. 3 hardware rank in Japan in the latest retail data from the region.
Konami Corp. this week said Keifer Sutherland will voice the character ‘Snake’ in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
The actor will provide voice and facial capture for Big Boss in a story set in 1984.
Developed by Kojima Productions, the latest entry in the Metal Gear Solid franchise is a prequel to focus on Big Boss.
Media Create Co. this month said the PS Vita sold 11,783 units between May 27 and June 2 to rank as the No. 3 hardware for the week.
By comparison, the hardware sold 12,171 the week prior.
It ranked one title in the top 10 for the week, Marvelous AQL’s Valhalla Knights 3 at No. 8, which has sold 51,485 units at launch.
Meanwhile, the PSP sold 5,807 units to rank at No. 5 in the same period.
Sony this week released new applications for the Playstation Vita.
Toro’s Friend Network is a new social application that allows users to connect with friends on Twitter and Facebook and engage in activities including building a town and adventuring in the Friend Dungeon to unlock items.
Paint Park Plus is a sandbox painting suite that offers more colors, pens and brushes. In addition, users can share their work via Twitter.
Finally, Imaginstruments is a music creation suite that offers instruments and drum tracks to build custom music creations.
Sales for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 hardware totaled below 500 units in new sales data from Japan.
Media Create Co. this month reported that the Xbox 360 sold 441 units between May 27 to June 2 to rank No. 7 in overall sales.
By comparison, the hardware sold 382 units the week prior.
The hardware ranked one title in the top 10 game sales, DoDonPachi Saidaioujou at No. 9.
Microsoft this week released new information regarding online, used game, and privacy policies for the Xbox One entertainment system.
The Xbox One will require users to check in online once every 24 hours or one hour if the user is logged into a separate console. If the console does not check in, the hardware will be limited to non-game use including DVD and Blu-ray disc playback.
Publishers will dictate whether or not a game title can be resold. If allowed, the title can be resold to participating retailers. Microsoft will not charge a fee to any party to resell game titles.
Finally, the mandatory Kinect camera will include privacy options to prevent the camera from recording or uploading video or audio. In addition, any data captured, including videos, photos, and heart rate will not leave the hardware without the user’s permission.
Microsoft shares closed two percent higher in Fri. trading post reveal of policies regarding online, used game, and privacy for the Xbox One hardware.
By mid-day Fri., Microsoft shares held a gain of 2.03 percent to close at $35.67. The stock has held an increase of 24 percent year-to-date.
The gain follows publication of new online requirements, used game protocol, and privacy settings information for the Xbox One.
EA Inc. will release Titanfall exclusively to the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and the PC in spring 2014.
Developed by Respawn Entertainment, the first-person shooter will include ground and mech combat. The title will include a single player campaign and multiplayer mode.
Microsoft and Harmonix Inc. this week said it will release Fantasia: Music Evolved to the Xbox One and Xbox 360.
The music title, based on Walt Disney’s Fantasia, will employ use of the Kinect camera and allow users to perform gestures to remix popular music from artists including Bruno Mars and Queen.
Microsoft this week released Minecraft for the Xbox 360 to U.S. retail.
The Minecraft retail SKU sells at $19.99.
Developed by 4J Studios, Minecraft for Xbox 360 is a translation of the sandbox simulation title.
Square Enix Holdings Co. this week released the trailer for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, to be sold Feb. 11, features full control of Lightning in an attempt to save Gran Pulse from destruction in 13 days.
Capcom Co. this week released Remember Me to U.S. retail.
Developed by DONTNOD Entertainment, Remember Me is a third-person action adventure title.
In the game, Nilin, an elite memory hunter trained in marital arts can break into people’s minds and steal or change memories.
Sales for Nintendo Co.’s Wii U hardware ranked fourth in latest weekly Japan retail data.
Media Create Co. this month reported that the Wii U sold 6,680 units between May 27 and June 2 to rank at No. 4 in overall sales.
It sold 5,648 units the week prior.
The hardware did not rank any titles in the top 10.
The Wii sold 1,171 units in the same period.
Retailer Amazon.com Inc. this week price cut LEGO City: Undercover for the Wii U to under $40 in a new retail initiative.
This week, LEGO City: Undercover holds a discount price of $39.99, 20 percent off the $49.99 MSRP.
The Nintendo 3DS held the No. 1 hardware rank in the latest Japan retail data.
Media Create Co. this month said the Nintendo 3DS sold 42,864 units between May 27 and June 2 to rank as the No. 1 game hardware for the week.
The hardware sold 54,710 the week prior.
The 3DS ranked four titles in the top 10, including Atlus Inc.’s Shin Megami Tensei IV at No. 2, which has sold 218,987 units to date.
Namco Bandai Games America Inc. this week released the demo for Project X Zone for the Nintendo 3DS to the Nintendo eShop.
The title, to be sold June 25, will be sold in a Limited Edition SKU with mini-art book, poster and music CD at no extra cost at $39.99.