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 10,749 units between Sept. 16 to Sept. 22 to rank No. 2 in overall hardware sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 12,146 units the week prior.

The hardware ranked one title in the top 10, Square Enix Holdings Co.’s Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn at No. 3.

Sony this week began offering $10 back for every $50 spent in the Playstation Network division.

Through Oct. 29, customers will receive $10 back in their SEN Wallet account for every $50 spent in the PSN division.

The discount applies to the Playstation Plus 1-Year Membership which sells at $49.99 each.

Square Enix Holdings Co.’s Eidos division this week said Thief for the Playstation 4 will utilize new Dualshock 4 functionality.

The developer said the Dualshock 4 light bar will reflect the light gem in the in-game UI, which indicates if thief Garrett is in the shadows. In addition, the controller touch pad will allow users to facilitate menu navigation, navigate the map, or select weapons.

Thief, to be sold Feb. 25 2014, is a stealth action title to utilize multiple arrow types, or use a focus ability to manipulate the environment to outsmart enemies.

Sony this week it will offer a Season Pass to purchase post-launch digital content for Killzone: Shadow Fall for the Playstation 4.

The Season Pass will offer access to DLC including the online co-op expansion pack, three online co-op map packs, two additional multiplayer expansion packs, and exclusive OWL drone skin at $19.99.

Killzone: Shadow Fall, to be sold in Nov., is set thirty years after the events of the Killzone trilogy.

Capcom Co. this week said Deep Down for the Playstation 4 will be a free-to-play online title at launch.

In addition, the title will include randomly-generated dungeons.

Deep Down is a third-person dungeon crawler that is set in New York City 2094.

The final game will include multiplayer online functionality.

Pre-order sales for Gran Turismo 6 reved in the top 20 sales at GameStop Corp.’s online division due to building demand.

This week, Gran Turismo 6 ranked as the No. 16 best-selling pre-order product at

Gran Turismo 6 will include 1,200 vehicles, including all the cars GT5. In addition, the title will feature 33 tracks with 71 different layouts, including all the tracks from GT5. New tracks include the UK Silverstone Circuit.

Namco Bandai America Inc. this week released Armored Core: Verdict Day to U.S. retail.

Developed by From Software, Armored Core: Verdict Day allow users to form squads of up to 20 members and enlist in an in-game faction to conquer territories in the online persistent world.

In addition, the title includes a solo mode to allow single players to recruit AI mechs.

The final game includes co-op and multiplayer modes.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment this week said it will offer the exclusive Knightfall Pack to Batman: Arkham Origins for the Playstation 3

The Knightfall Pack includes the Knightfall Batman Skin, Classic TV Series Batman Skin, two combat maps, and two predator maps.

Activision Blizzard Inc. this week released the Call of Duty: Black Ops II Apocalypse DLC to the Playstation Network division and the PC.

Apocalypse includes two all-new multiplayer maps (Pod, Frost), two re-imagined fan-favorite maps (Takeoff, Dig), and the Origins Zombies experience.

It sells at $14.99.

Sales for the Playstation Vita fell in the latest retail data from Japan.

Media Create Co. this month said the PS Vita sold 5,155 units between Sept. 16 and Sept. 22 to rank as the No. 2 hardware for the week.

By comparison, the hardware sold 6,020 the week prior.

The hardware ranked one title in the top 10, Yahari Game Demo at No. 2.

Meanwhile, the PSP sold 5,082 units to rank at No. 5 in the same period.

XSEED Games this week Valhalla Knights for the Playstation Vita will be sold at U.S. retail and the Playstation Network Oct. 15.

Valhalla Knights 3 is an action RPG that includes real-time seven-on-seven party-based combat.

Sony this week said Rayman Origins for the Playstation Vita is now available at no cost for Playstation Plus members.

Rayman Origins is available to PS Plus members at no cost as part of the Instant Game Collection. It sells at $26.99 for non-members.

Sales for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 hardware gained in new sales data from Japan.

Media Create Co. this month reported that the Xbox 360 sold 610 units between Sept. 16 and Sept. 22 to rank No. 7 in overall sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 244 units the week prior.

Microsoft this week announced a new $50 price cut or gift card promotion for Xbox 360 hardware console and bundle SKUs.

Retailers Inc., Best Buy Co. Inc., and Target Corp. are offering a $50 discount or gift card with the purchase of select Xbox 360 console and bundle SKUs.

Microsoft this month said Forza Motorsport 5 for the Xbox One will include an all-new physics engine.

The new physics engine is said to impact tire slip and grip, weight shifts, and the interaction of tire and track surface types.

Developed by Turn 10 Studios, Forza Motorsport 5 is racing simulation title to be sold at launch of the Xbox One.

EA Inc. this week released FIFA 14 to U.S. retail.

FIFA 14 includes new Sprint Dribble Turns, brand new ball-physics system, and Enhanced Teammate Intelligence.

The final game competitive and co-op online functionality.

Microsoft this week released Ascend: Hand of Kul for the Xbox 360 free to Xbox Live Gold members.

Ascend: Hand of Kul is a free-to-play third-person action RPG in which users wage war as a God.

The final game includes one-to-four player multiplayer online functionality.

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

Media Create Co. this month reported that the Wii U sold 5,824 units between Sept. 16 and Sept. 22 to rank at No. 3 in overall sales.

It sold 5,003 units the week prior.

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

The Wii sold 965 units in the same period.

Retailer Inc. this week price cut Disney Interactive Studios Inc.’s Disney Infinity to under $60 post release of the title.

This week, the Disney Infinity Starter Pack holds a discount price of $59.99, $20 off the $79.99 MSRP.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Inc. this week released Scribblenauts Unmasked – A DC Comics Adventure for the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS to U.S. retail.

The side-scroller puzzle title allows users to summon thousands of DC Comics characters and objects.

In addition, the game includes Heroic Feats, dynamically generated puzzles that create original scenarios and different solutions per visit.

The Nintendo 3DS and Capcom Co.’s Monster Hunter 4 held top ranks at Japan retail for the second consecutive week.

Media Create Co. this month said the Nintendo 3DS sold 159,388 units between Sept. 16 and Sept. 22 to rank as the No. 1 game hardware for the week.

The hardware sold 276,792 the week prior.

The 3DS ranked seven titles in the top 10, including Monster Hunter 4 at No. 1, selling 2.18 million units in the region to date.

In addition, Friend Collection: New Life ranked at No. 4 and Mario & Luigi: Dream Team at No. 5, Disney Magic Castle at No. 6, and Nobunaga’s Ambition at No. 7.

Nintendo this week released the limited edition Pokemon X and Pokemon Y-themed Nintendo 3DS XL handheld SKUs to U.S. retail.

The handhelds feature Pokemon Xerneas and Yveltal and sell at $199.99 each.

Technology News

Microsoft Corp. this week said it will release the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 Oct. 22 to U.S. retail.

The Surface 2 is an update to the Surface RT and features a new Nvidia Tegra 4 1.7Ghz ARM CPU, 1080p resolution display, two-position kickstand, 2GB RAM, 10-hour battery life, USB 3.0, 3.5MP front camera, and new Outlook RT software.

It will be sold at $449.

The Surface Pro 2 includes an Intel Core i5 1.6Ghz Haswell CPU, 4 or 8GB RAM, up to 512GB Flash Storage, and up to 60 percent longer battery life.

It will be sold at $899 and up.

Touch Cover and Type Cover accessories have been upgraded to include backlight functionality, added sensors to the Touch Cover, and a thinner build for the Type Cover.

New accessories include the Docking Station for Surface Pro with Mini DisplayPort video output, three USB 2.0 ports and one USB 3.0 port, an Ethernet port, and 3.5mm audio in and out.

Retailer Inc. this week said the Kindle Fire HDX Tablet will be sold Nov. 7.

The Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch model includes a new 1920 x 1200 323 PPI display, 2.2Ghz Quad-Core CPU, 2GB RAM, and Mayday Button for 24-hour tech support.

The 16GB SKU with Special Offers sells at $229, 32GB at $269, and 64GB at $309.

The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9-inch SKU includes a 2560 x 1600 339 PPI display, 2.2Ghz Quad-Core CPU, 2GB RAM, Adreno 330 GPU, and 8MP rear camera.

The 16GB with Special Offers sells at $379, 32GB at $429 and 64GB at $479.

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