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Friday, 15 February 2008

PlayStation sales in January ftw!

The latest NPD sales figures for the US are in and make interesting reading.

On the software side, Call of Duty 4 is the big PS3 title, selling 140,000 units in January. The Xbox 360 version still tops the charts as it did in December.

But it is the hardware sales figures that tell the story.

Whilst the PS3 on its own sold more than the X360 and nearly as many as the Wii, the PlayStation brand completely ran away with January with all three units selling well.

As you can see from the detail below, in January Sony sold 763,000 units versus Nintendo's 525,000 and Microsoft's 230,000 units.

In December 2007 during the Christmas rush, Sony managed 2.95 million across the PS3, PS2 and PSP whilst Nintendo pushed the Wii and DS to 3.82 million consumers. Microsoft's lone console managed 1.26 million.

The fact that Sony still has strong PS2 sales and does good business with the PSP means the long-term upgrade opportunities keep multiplying. The X360 is a fine console, of course, but since no-one buys a last-gen Xbox any more the possibilities of future 'churn' are limited. The fact is that the Xbox sold 20m units versus the PS2's 117m+ units worldwide.

And PSP sales create opportunities for upgrades too, as users find out all the ways they can use the two devices with each other.

Here's the detailed sales figures:
  • PlayStation 2 -- 264,000
  • PlayStation 3 -- 269,000
  • PlayStation Portable -- 230,000
  • Xbox 360 -- 230,000
  • Wii -- 274,000
  • Nintendo DS -- 251,000

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US PS Store update for 14th February

So what happened on the US store whilst us Brits were sleeping?

We know MTV have committed to providing one Rock Band DLC every week, so that's a given. Did the US get any new games or demos then?

If you're a baseball fan (or even if you are not), MLB 08 is worth downloading. The game looks incredible as far as the graphics are concerned. It's worth downlading just to look at it.

Outside of that, it's all trailers at the US store. There's really not much to say since the majority of the videos are available on the 'net anyhow. It's nice to see another LittleBigPlanet trailer, of course, but I'm not overwhelmed.

So, I think we can count that as a win for Europe this week. Third time ever - woo hoo!

You can catch the full list of updates at the Official PlayStation Blog.

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Thursday, 14 February 2008

European PS Store updates for 14th February

On Valentine's Day, what did Sony send us by way of saying 'Be Mine'?

Only one of the games we've been waiting an age for. Oh Sony, how you tease us.

Yes, Riff: Everyday Shooter is finally here as expected and we're as happy as can be.

Whilst it is tempting to stop the update right there and not worry about anything else, there were some other downloads available today. There's some additional GHIII tracks and a demo of the briliant Everybody's Golf.

Hey, maybe this will be the third week in history where we beat the US for content...

Here's the full list:


Riff: Everyday Shooter (£4.99)

Demos (all free)

Everybody's Golf 5


Guitar Hero III - Classic Rock track pack (£3.99)

Videos (all free)

Conflict: Denied Ops - 1 x trailer and 2 x 'developer diary'
Spiderwick movie trailer

Wallpapers (all free)

Resident Evil 5

Themes (all free)

Super Stardust HD

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Wednesday, 13 February 2008

PS3 hits a million in the UK faster than the PS2 did

ChartTrack have confirmed that not only did the PS3 outsell the Xbox 360 across January in the UK, but that our favourite console has broken the 1 million unit mark since it's launch here in March 2007.

The important point here is that the figures expell yet another 'PS3 failure' myth.

The PS3 has reached the UK sales 1 million mark faster than the PS2 did.

Given that the PS2 went on to sell over 117m units worldwide, the future is certainly looking bright for the black monolith (or white, or silver).

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Tuesday, 12 February 2008

PS3 release(s) for the coming week

Talking of PS3 release(s) and our lovely new PS3 events calendar widget, we ought to say something about the title(s) arriving in the UK and Europe this week.

You'll have noticed all those lovely brackets around the 'esses' above, signifying we have a massive one new release to enjoy.

Yes, NBA '08 is the only game available on shelves this Friday. Which is no bad thing really, given that everyone is already busy trying to complete DMC4!

Of course, this new basketball title is not to be confused with NBA Live '08, or NBA 2K8. They're both completely different games of course. Honest.

So if dribbling, dunking and bouncing balls are your thing, you can pre-order NBA '08 and have it delivered on launch day. After all, you wouldn't want to get any exercise by actually going to the shops, would you?

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PS3 calendar and news widgets

In that wonderful part of the PS3 Attitude website we like to affectionately call 'the sidebar', you'll notice a nice new shiny widget.

The PS3 Attitude PlayStation 3 Events Calendar is now available for you to share and embed on your own site. You can view the details against any date (dates with events are highlighted) or you can click the button to view the full-size version of the calendar.

By clicking the 'share' button you can post the calendar quickly to sites like Facebook and MySpace or copy the HTML code to embed the widget at your own blog or website.

As well as the calendar, you can embed and share the latest PS3 Attitude news, including the Digg posts we - erm - dig by clicking the 'share' button on the PS3 Attitude News widget below.


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Monday, 11 February 2008

Everyday Shooter finally arrives this week

We have no idea what took so long, but the wait is nearly over.

After having been launched in the US on the PlayStation Store back in October 2007, we are finally going to see Everyday Shooter appear on the PS Store update in Europe this week.

When we played this title last November at GameCity '07 in Nottingham, it really grabbed our attention. Everyday Shooter (which seems to have gained the word 'Riff' in front of it's name during the delay) is a completely original shooter that owes more to titles like Rez than it does to Super Stardust.

We thought that Jonathan Mak's incredible creation would appear a few weeks back but it still didn't materialise. We're hoping that the news of this week's release is solid so we can all get a taste of just how brilliant and compelling this game is.

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Poll Results: Do we care about different colours?

We asked if you cared about the PS3 colour choices available in Japan, and the results aren't surprising to me at all.

First of all, our readers probably already have a PS3 so it is likely that they'll be happy with black in any case!

Nevertheless, 65.4% of you feel black is just fine. Of the 34.6% of you who would like to see different colour choices, the majority want every colour possible! 1.9% wanted to see white only, and 3.8% wanted to see silver as the other colour option.

I guessed silver would be more popular than white but maybe us Europeans and Americans who voted are holding out for something really special. Red, anyone?

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