Sales for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 4 ranked as the No. 3 hardware in Japan in the latest data from the region.

Media Create Co. this month reported the PS4 sold 42,216 units between Dec. 29 and Jan. 4 to rank No. 3 in overall hardware sales.

It sold 33,150 units the week prior.

The PS3 sold 17,867 units to rank at No. 5 in the same period.

Grand Theft Auto V ranked as the No. 10 software for the week.

Sony this week said the Playstation 4 has sold more than 18.5 million units in global territories.

The company said the figure represents the number of hardware units sold through to consumers as of Jan. 4, 2015.

The PS4 sold more than 4.1 million units in the holiday period. In addition, Playstation Plus members have reached more than 10.9 million subscribers.

Sony this week previewed The Order: 1886 for the Playstation 4 at the International CES in Las Vegas, NV.

The floor demo featured an action-based sequence in which the user had to engage in a shootout between two levels in a lobby area.

The controls were solid with intuitive aim controls and a third-person shoulder view. In addition, cover tactics were fluid. With a press of the circle button, the character will stick to a nearby surface to subsequently aim and fire.

Bullets were able to destroy in-room objects, but had limitations in the fenced railing were an enemy AI hid.

Enemy AI was mostly strategic has they ran, shot, hid, and moved from cover to cover.

Sony this week began the pre-download option for Capcom Co.’s Resident Evil for the Playstation 4 and Playstation 3.

This week, customers can pre-purchase and pre-download the Resident Evil PS4 with PS3 Cross Buy at $19.99, or the PS3 SKU with PS4 Cross-Buy at $19.99.

The digital release, to be sold in early 2015, will include the 2002 Resident Evil remake previously released to Nintendo Co.’s GameCube, with updated textures and 1080p high-definition graphics on next-generation consoles.

In addition, the title will feature 5.1 surround sound support and an option between 16:9 widescreen or 4:3 classic ratio.

Sony this week said the Playstation Now streaming service will launch subscription service plans Jan. 13.

Subscriptions will be available in two plans – $19.99 per month or three months at $44.99.

In addition, the company will offer a seven-day trial to allow users to preview the service.

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, PS Vita, and the Playstation TV.

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 58,005 units between Dec. 29 and Jan. 4 to rank as the No. 2 hardware for the week.

By comparison, the hardware sold 43,495 units the week prior.

Hello Games this week said it will release Joe Danger 2 to the Playstation Vita Jan. 13.

The PS Vita version includes 85 levels, 35 characters, 60 frames-per-second graphics and support for inputs like analog sticks and touch screens.

The final game will include online leaderboards and the Movie Maker mode to create new levels.

Sales for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox One hardware ranked as the No. 6 hardware in the latest retail data from Japan.

Media Create Co. this month reported that the Xbox One sold 637 units between Dec. 29 to Jan. 4 rank No. 6 in overall sales.

It sold 1,162 units the week prior.

Microsoft Corp. this week said it will offer Dish Network’s Sling TV, a new streaming-based internet TV service to Xbox One console owners via Xbox Live.

The company said the Xbox One is the first game console to offer the service and that Xbox Live subscribers will receive an extended one-month trial to preview the service at launch.

Sling TV will offer a range of channels including ESPN, ESPN2, Disney, Food Network, HGTV, TNT, CNN, TBS, Cartoon Network, and Adult Swim at $20 per month.

Additional channels will be available for an extra per-month fee.

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

Media Create Co. this month reported that the Wii U sold 30,031 units between Dec. 29 and Jan. 4 to rank at No. 4 in overall sales.

It sold 42,950 units the week prior.

Super Smash Bros for Wii U ranked as the No. 4 best-selling software for the week. It has sold 529,244 units in the region to date.

Nintendo Co.’s Nintendo 3DS ranked as the No. 1 hardware in Japan in the latest sales data from the territory.

Media Create Co. this month said the Nintendo 3DS sold 153,166 units between Dec. 29 and Jan. 4 to rank as the No. 1 game hardware for the week.

The hardware sold 196,274 units the week prior.

Yo-Kai Watch 2 ranked as the No. 1 software for the week. It has sold 2.24M units since launch. Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire ranked as the No. 2 software for the week. The titles have sold 2.39 million units in the region to date.

CES 2015


Sharp Corp. this week announced new Beyond 4K UHD TV sets at the International CES in Las Vegas, NV.

The Beyond 4K UHD TV features proprietary pixel splitting and Quattron technologies to display 66 million subpixels, 42 million more than standard 4K Ultra HD. The TV is said to deliver 167 percent greater resolution than traditional 4K UHD to near 8K resolution.

The TV will be sold in 80-inch format and be sold in late 2015.

TrackR this week previewed the TrackR bravo at the International CES in Las Vegas, NV.

TrackR bravo is quarter-sized device that can hook onto a keychain ring and other items to track via GPS with a smartphone app.

The device features a distance indicator and an item ringer to track lost items. In addition, the TrackR bravo device has a button that can used to force the connected smartphone to ring even when it’s online silent.

In addition to keys, users can utilize the TrackR bravo to track pets with a pet collar attachment, a metal loop to track backpacks and handbags, and a waterproof accessory to track items near water.

The TrackR is available for pre-order and will be sold at $29.00.

Withings this week released the Activité Pop smartwatch exclusively to Best Buy Co. Inc. retail stores.

The Activité Pop is a smartwatch activity tracker that can monitor steps, sleep, and even swimming in a future update.

The device works in conjunction with the Health Mate application, currently available for iOS.

LG Electronics this week announced the LG G Flex2 smartphone at the International CES in Las Vegas, NV.

The LG G Flex2 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 CPU with octa-core 64-bit CPUs, Adreno 430 GPU, 2GB RAM, 13MP camera, 2.1MP front camera, GPS, 3,000mAh battery, and a 5.5-inch 1080p Full HD display with Gesture View and Glance View.

The hardware features curved layers that range from 400mm to 700mm for a signature profile.

The device will be sold in late Jan. in Korea followed by additional global markets.

Asus this week announced the Transformer Book Chi PCs at the International CES in Las Vegas, NV.

Transformer Book Chi series include new tablet PCs that feature a removable keyboard dock.

The Transformer Book T300 Chi is 1.65cm thick and will include a 12.5-inch Full HD IPS 1920 x 1080 display or WQHD display 2560 x 1440 display and Intel Core M CPU at $699.00 and $799.00.

The T100 Chi is 7.2mm thick and includes a 10.1-inch WUXGA 1920 x 1200 IPS display and an Intel Atom Z3775 CPU at $399.00.

Finally, the T90 Chi is 7.5mm thick and includes a 8.9-inch WXGA 1280 x 800 IPS display and an Intel Atom Z3775 CPU at $299.00.

All hardware will include solid-state drives, magnetic Bluetooth keyboard and Windows 8.1.

Asus this week announced the ZenFone 2 at the International CES in Las Vegas, NV.

The smartphone will include a 5.5-inch, 403ppi Full HD display, 13MP camera, 5MP front camera, 2.3Ghz 64-bit Intel Atom CPU, up to 4GB RAM, 3,000 mAh fast-charge battery, 4G/LTE connectivity, and Android 5.0.

The ZenFone 2 will be sold in the second quarter starting at $199.00 off-contract.

Garmin International Inc. this week announced the vivoactive GPS smartwatch at the International CES in Las Vegas, NV.

The vivoactive GPS smartwatch is a lightweight GPS-enabled smartwatch with built-in sports and activity tracking applications. It includes a high-resolution touchscreen to display smartphone notifications and control the music player.

Finally, the device is water-resistant and includes a swimming app to track distance and calories burned.

The vivoactive GPS smartwatch is said to feature three-weeks battery life or 10 hours with GPS.

HP this week announced the Pavilion Mini Desktop and Stream Mini Desktop at the International CES in Las Vegas, NV.

The HP Pavilion Mini Desktop measures at 2.06 inches in height and weighs 1.6 lbs, and is Energy Star certified at 45 watts of power.

The hardware include the Intel Pentium 3558U, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth at $319.99.

The HP Stream Mini Desktop will include an Intel Celeron 2957U, 2GB RAM, and 32 SSD at $179.99.

Both desktops will be sold direct from HP Jan. 14 and at select retailers Feb. 8.

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