Sales for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 ranked third in Japan in the latest retail figures for the region.
Media Create Co. this month reported the PS3 sold 11,9000 units between July 22 to July 28 to rank No. 3 in overall hardware sales.
By comparison, the hardware sold 11,413 units the week prior.
The hardware ranked two titles in the top 10 including Dragon’s Crown at No. 2, which sold 104,359 units at launch.
The PS3 and PS2 sold 1.1 million units combined in the three-month period between Apr. and June 2013.
It forecasts sales of 10 million PS3 units by fiscal Mar. 2014.
Sony this week released the Smoke and Mirrors Trailer for Infamous: Second Son for the Playstation 4.
The trailer features developer Sucker Punch in a discussion about the development of smoke effects in the title in utilization of the PS4 hardware.
Capcom Co. this week said Deep Down for the Playstation 4 is a multiplayer online-based title.
A new trailer disclaims the title is part of the ‘Capcom Online Games’ division.
The title was previously previewed in a demonstration in which a knight delves into a dark cave to fight a massive dragon.
Sony this month released the ‘Heads Will Roll’ Trailer for Puppeteer for the Playstation 3.
The trailer features concepts in the game, including the option to collect more than 100 heads.
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 released the Call of Duty: Black Ops II Vengeance DLC to the Playstation 3 and the PC.
Uprising includes four new multiplayer maps – Cove, Detour, Rush and Uplink.
In addition, the DLC includes Buried, an extension to the Zombies component.
It sells at $14.99.
2K Games this week released the Bioshock Infinite: Clash in the Clouds DLC for the Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and the PC to U.S. retail.
Clash in the Clouds is an action-based DLC pack with unique combat challenges. It sells at $4.99 or 400 Microsoft Points.
In addition, Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea, a two-part add-on campaign featuring an all-new story for Booker and Elizabeth, will be sold this fall at $15.00 or 1200 Microsoft Points.
Sales for the Playstation Vita ranked second in the latest retail data from Japan.
Media Create Co. this month said the PS Vita sold 14,392 units between July 15 and July 21 to rank as the No. 2 hardware for the week.
By comparison, the hardware sold 15,662 the week prior.
The PS Vita ranked one title in the top 10, Toukiden at No. 7.
Meanwhile, the PSP sold 5,719 units to rank at No. 5 in the same period.
The PS Vita and PSP units sold 600,000 combined in the three-month period between Apr. and June 2013.
It forecasts sales of five million PS Vita and PSP units by fiscal Mar. 2014.
Media Molecule this week said it will release Tearaway for the Playstation Vita Nov. 22, one month later than the scheduled mid-Oct. release date.
The developer cited required additional development time to complete the title.
Developed by Media Molecule, Tearaway is an new platform title that features the character iota in a dynamic paper-based world that can be controlled in various ways.
Sony Corp. this week said the Open Beta for Killzone: Mercenary for the Playstation Vita will be available in late Aug.
Killzone: Mercenary, to be sold Sept. 17, will include shooting and close-combat first-person action in nine single-player paid-job scenarios.
Sony this week said it will release Real Boxing to the PS Vita Aug. 22.
Developed by Vivid Games, Real Boxing is a boxing simulation title that allows users to create a custom boxer and take him from amateur to pro.
The final game includes multiplayer functionality , tournaments based on leaderboard rankings, and Unreal Engine 3 graphics.
Sales for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 hardware held the No. 7 rank in new sales data from Japan.
Media Create Co. this month reported that the Xbox 360 sold 313 units between July 22 and July 28 to rank No. 7 in overall sales.
By comparison, the hardware sold 420 units the week prior.
Microsoft in July said the Entertainment and Devices division generated $1.8 billion in the fourth quarter, an increase of $134 million from the prior quarter.
Operating income totaled $142 million in Q4.
The Xbox 360 shipped 1 million units in the quarter, down from 1.1 million the year prior.
Microsoft this week said it has upgraded the GPU clock speed in the final hardware specifications for the Xbox One.
The company said during product development, the Xbox One GPU clock speed increased from 800Mhz to 853Mhz.
In addition, a new graphics driver has been installed and is currently 100 percent optimized for the Xbox One.
Microsoft this week said the Xbox One Play and Charge Kit and Chat Headset will sell at $24.99 each.
The Xbox One Play and Charge Kit will include a rechargeable battery and cable to fully charge the controller in under four hours.
The Xbox One Chat Headset will include a wired headset with in-cable mute and volume control buttons.
Finally, a Xbox One Wireless Conroller plus Play and Charge Kit will sell at $74.99.
Microsoft this week announced new titles in the ‘Games with Gold’ program to be available in Aug.
Crackdown will be available at no cost to Xbox Live Gold members through Aug. 15. Dead Rising 2 and Dead Rising 2: Case Zero will be available at no cost beginning Aug. 16.
The ‘Games with Gold’ provides Xbox Live Gold members with two free game titles each month.
Microsoft this week detailed Smart Match, the matchmaking component of the Xbox One.
Smart Match is said to share player stats with other players and match based on reputation, skill, language, age, and play style.
While Xbox Live is matchmaking, users can play a digital game, snap an application to the side or watch TV. When the system is finished, it will prompt the user to jump back into game.
In addition, the Enforcement United Program is said to utilize propriety algorithms to monitor game behavior. In addition to user votes for offensive or non-offensive behavior, the system will monitor behavior like game disruption that can positively or negatively affect the user.
Microsoft this month announced new details for Capcom Co.’s Dead Rising 3 for the Xbox One.
The company said the title will offer traditional gameplay in which users can utilize conventional weapons, conserve supplies, or use noise to distract zombies for a realistic approach.
Conversely, users can venture into absurd gameplay including the option to wear a knight outfit, luchador mask, or banana hammock, and build a laser sword to slay the undead.
Sales for Nintendo Co.’s Wii U hardware declined in the latest weekly Japan retail data.
Media Create Co. this month reported that the Wii U sold 11,373 units between July 22 and July 28 to rank at No. 4 in overall sales.
It sold 14,280 units the week prior.
The hardware ranked two titles in the top ten including LEGO City Undercover at No. 9 and Pikmin 3 at No. 10.
The Wii sold 1,442 units in the same period.
For the three month period ending June 30, the company recorded a net profit of $87.93 million and revenue of $831 million.
The Wii U sold 160,000 hardware units and 1.03 million software units in the first quarter. It has sold 3.91 million units worldwide to date.
Nintendo maintains a forecast of nine million units sold by fiscal Mar. 2014.
Nintendo this week released final details for Pikmin 3 for the Wii U.
The title tells the story of three space explorers – Alph, Brittany, and Charlie who crash land on an alien planet and must collect fruit for their home planet by battling local wildlife and working to solve puzzles.
The Wii U GamePad can be used for map functionality or to take pictures in the first-person camera mode.
The final game includes Story Mode and multiplayer modes like Mission Mode, Bingo Battle.
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 54,975 units between July 22 and July 28 to rank as the No. 1 game hardware for the week.
The hardware sold 57,025 the week prior.
The 3DS ranked five titles in the top 10, including Capcom Co.’s Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies at No. 1 selling 250,216 units at launch, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team at No. 5, and Friend Collection: New Life at No. 6.
The Nintendo 3DS sold 1.4 million hardware units and 11.01 million software units in the quarter.
The company cited strong Q1 sales of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, and Donkey Kong Country Returns.
Nintendo this week said it will sell the Nintendo 3DS XL Black SKU at U.S. retail Aug. 11.
The hardware joins current market SKUs Blue, Red and Pink.
It will be sold concurrently with the release of Mario & Luigi: Dream Team.