Sales for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 ranked fourth in Japan in the latest retail figures for the region.

Media Create Co. this month reported the PS3 sold 40,085 units between Dec. 30 to Jan. 5 to rank No. 4 in overall hardware sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 30,321 units the week prior.

The hardware ranked two titles in the top 10, including Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster at No. 6 and New Dynasty Warriors: Gundam at No. 10.

Sony this week said the Playstation 4 has sold 4.2 million units in global territories.

The sales mark is as of Dec. 28, 2013.

It sold through 1 million units in 24 hours post launch in the U.S. and Canada.

It will be sold Feb. 22 in Japan.

PS4 software sales totaled 4.2 million units in retail and digital download sales as of Dec. 28, 2013.

In addition, Playstation Plus subscriptions increased more than 90 percent the PS4 hardware launch.

Finally, more than 1.7 million gameplay broadcasts have been streamed via Twitch and Ustream.

Sony this week announced the Playstation Now service at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV.

Playstation Now is a cloud-based streaming gaming service that will allow users to access a back catalog of Playstation 3 titles on the Playstation 4, Playstation 3 and the Playstation Vita.

The service will be available on 2014 Bravia television sets and subsequently span other Internet-connected devices.

Usage includes continuous play of PS Now games between the PS4, PS3, and PS Vita. In addition, consumers can rent titles or purchase a subscription to play PS Now titles.

Demonstrated titles include God of War: Ascension, Beyond: Two Souls, The Last of Us and Puppeteer.

Sony will begin a beta program for the service on PS3 systems in late Jan. The service is scheduled to launch this summer.

In the demonstration, a user views a cinematic from God of War: Ascension and controls Kratos with the Dualshock 4 controller.

Sony this week said Call of Duty: Ghosts for the Playstation 4 is the top-selling title in the Playstation Network division in Dec.

In Dec., Call of Duty: Ghosts ranked as the No. 1 PSN title with Digital Upgrades for the month.

EA Inc.’s Battlefield 4 ranked at No. 2 and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag ranked at No. 3 in the same period.

Sales for the Playstation Vita ranked as the No. 2 video game hardware in Japan in the latest retail data from the region.

Media Create Co. this month said the PS Vita sold 75,400 units between Dec. 30 and Jan. 5 to rank as the No. 2 hardware for the week.

By comparison, the hardware sold 87,142 units the week prior.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster ranked as the No. 7 best-selling software for the week.

Meanwhile, the PSP sold 12,383 units to rank at No. 5 in the same period.

Sony this week said 505 Games’s Terraria for Playstation Vita ranked as the top selling PS Vita title in the Playstation Network division in Dec.

In Dec., Terraria ranked as the No. 1 PS Vita PSN title. Tearaway ranked at No. 2 and Guacamelee! ranked at No. 3 in the same period.

Sales for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 hardware ranked No. 6 units in Japan in the latest retail data from the region.

Media Create Co. this month reported that the Xbox 360 sold 447 units between Dec. 30 and Jan. 5 to rank No. 6 in overall sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 616 units the week prior.

Microsoft this week said the Xbox One hardware has sold three million units at global retail in the year ending 2013.

The company said more than three million units have been sold to consumers in 13 countries before the end of 2013.

Respawn Entertainment this week EA Inc.’s Titanfall for the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and the PC will offer multiplayer functionality for up to 12 users.

The title will offer a maximum of 12-player multiplayer battles, with six players on each versus team.

Titanfall will be sold in a standard edition at $59.99 and a Collector’s Edition SKU that includes an 18-inch Atlus Titan Statue with battery-powered LED lighting, 190-page art book, and Atlas Titan schematic poster at $249.99.

GoPro this week previewed the GoPro Channel for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox One and Xbox 360 hardware.

The channel will include curated content from the company in addition to an online store to allow users to purchase GoPro products.

The channel will launch to the Xbox 360 first followed by the Xbox One by the first half of 2014.

Sega Corp. this week announced Alien: Isolation for the Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and the PC.

Developed by Creative Assembly, Alien: Isolation is a first-person survival horror title that includes Amanda Ripley, daughter of franchise veteran Ellen Ripley.

The title takes place 15 years after the first Alien film with Amanda in a mission to uncover the truth about her mother’s disappearance.

The final game will allow users to scavenge resources and improvise to survive one Xenomorph.

Alien: Isolation will be sold in late 2014.

Sales for Nintendo Co.’s Wii U hardware held strong in Japan in the latest sales data for the region.

Media Create Co. this month reported that the Wii U sold 51,271 units between Dec. 30 and Jan. 5 to rank at No. 3 in overall sales.

It sold 73,178 units the week prior.

Super Mario 3D World ranked at No. 5 in software sales selling 47,354 units for the week. The title has sold 439,442 copies since launch.

Nintendo this week released the Wii Fit U with Balance Board and Fit Meter SKU to U.S. retail.

The product includes the Wii Fit U game, Wii Balance Board and Fit Meter to track and sync fitness progress. It sells at $99.99.

The Nintendo 3DS ranked as the top hardware in Japan due to strong demand for the handheld.

Media Create Co. this month said the Nintendo 3DS sold 176,555 units between Dec. 16 and Dec. 22 to rank as the No. 1 game hardware for the week.

The hardware sold 201,703 units the week prior.

It ranked six titles in the top 10 game sales including Pazudora Z at No. 1, Pokemon X / Y at No. 2 and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds at No. 3.

Nintendo this week said the Nintendo 3DS has sold 11.5 million units in the U.S.

The figure includes sales of the Nintendo 3DS XL and Nintendo 2DS SKUs.

In addition, more than 16 million retail and digital game SKUs were sold in 2013, a 45 percent increase from the year prior.

Technology News

WWE this week said it will launch the WWE Network, a new 24/7 streaming network, Feb. 24.

The streaming network will offer on-demand, all 12 Pay-Per-View Events, replays of Raw and Smackdown, In-Ring Shows, and original programming at $9.99 per month with a six-month commitment.

Users can access the network from their PC or other Internet-connected devices including the Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Amazon.com Inc.’s Kindle Fire, Roku, and iOS and Android mobile devices via the WWE App.

Access from the Xbox One and Smart TVs will launch this summer.

In addition, the network will grant access to archival events on-demand, offer to alert users of an upcoming program, and offer second-screen functionality with supplementary information via a mobile device.

Dish Network Corp. this week said it will release the Hopper application to the Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 in spring 2014.

The Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR application will allow PS3 and PS4 users with a Dish Network subscription to access and control live TV, recordings, and program guide navigation.

The software-based Virtual Joey is said to offer a near-identical experience to the Hopper to make live TV and recordings accessible from the PS3 and PS4.

The Hopper application will be available in the first half of 2014.

TYLT this week announced the Energi 5K Battery Pack at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV.

The Energi 5K Battery Pack includes a rechargeable 5,200 mAh battery in a slim 9/16-inch profile.

The product includes an embedded Micro USB Cable, embedded Lightning Cable, a Universal USB Port and a 3 AMP circuit to charge up to three devices simultaneously. It carries an MSRP of $89.99.

Sharp Corp. this week announced new AQUOS Quattron + LED TVs at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV.

The AQUOS Quattron + LED TVs will include built-in technology to play 4K content for a near Ultra High-Definition experience.

The displays will be sold in 60-inch, 70-inch, and 80-inch class sizes in 2014.

In addition, Sharp will sell native 4K television sets in a new 60-inch class model and an updated 70-inch class SKU.

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. this week demonstrated the 105-inch curved Ultra High-Definition 4K resolution television set at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV.

The curved display offered sharp wraparound construction with 4K content relayed in a giant 105-inch display.

New curved TV design is said to offer a more theatrical experience with a balanced and uniform viewing distance in conjunction with 4K resolution.

Nvidia Corp. this week announced the Tegra K1 mobile processor at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV.

The Tegra K1 is a next-generation 28nm mobile processor that includes the Kepler GPU with 192 cores and a quad-core ARM Cortex A15 CPU. In addition, the chip includes a third-generation battery-saver core to deliver strong levels of performance and battery life.

The final CPU will include a max clock speed of 2.3 Ghz, 4K display compatibility and 8G of max memory size.

LG Electronics this week announced new LG Smart TV sets that utilize the webOS platform at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV.

The webOS platform, purchased from Hewlett-Packard in Mar. 2013, will be integrated in 70 percent of LG Smart TV sets in 2014.

The new OS includes a launcher which features a left-to-right scrollable menu to access broadcast TV, smart TV, external device content and applications.

New native apps that utilize the webOS platform include Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Instant Video. LG Ultra HDTVs will support Netflix in 4K resolution.

Sony this week said it will sell the Flip PC Vaio Fit 11A at $799.

The Fit 11A is the newest addition to the Flip PC line and includes a 11-inch display, Intel Pentium Quad Core CPU, Solid State Drive, Windows 8.1, VAIO Active Pen, and a copy of Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 with Vaio Active Pen support.

The Flip PC line includes a hinge that allows users to flip the monitor to rest on the keyboard like a tablet and back to traditional notebook mode via a magnetic connection and lock.

In addition, users can flip the screen back on its hinge to display the screen in orientation mode when the keyboard acts as a stand.

Garmin International Inc. this week announced the Vivofit fitness band at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV.

Vivofit is a new wrist fitness band that greets users with a personalized fitness goal, progress tracking and user alerts to stay fit.

The product will learn user current activity level then assign a daily attainable goal. A red move bar will increase when the user is inactive and decrease when the user initiates activity.

In addition, the curved display relays steps, goal countdown, calories, distance, and time of day.

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