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Category: Sony
February 18, 2009 at 9:55 AM

Sony readies PlayStation 3 push with much-anticipated ‘Killzone 2’ on tap

After three straight months of declining video game console sales, Sony is hoping to start 2009 with a bang as one of the most-anticipated titles for the PlayStation 3 hits stores Feb. 27. With “Killzone 2,” the company hopes to showcase the power of its game console and take some momentum away from Microsoft’s Xbox 360. Killzone 2 screenshot.jpg

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December 11, 2008 at 3:55 PM

‘Gears of War 2’ sells 1.56 million units, powers record November for Xbox 360

Microsoft’s blockbuster first-party title for the holidays, “Gears of War 2,” was the best-selling game last month, helping the company’s Xbox 360 business turn in its best November yet. Microsoft moved 836,000 consoles in the U.S. compared with Sony, which sold 378,000 PlayStation 3s. But the big winner, according to NPD Group data released this afternoon, was Nintendo and its 2.04 million Wiis sold.

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October 8, 2008 at 4:05 PM

Report: Blu-ray on the way for Xbox 360

A hardware industry news and reviews site reported today that Microsoft is readying an external Blu-ray disc player for the Xbox 360. X-bit Laboratories, citing unnamed “market sources,” reported that “Toshiba-Samsung Storage Technology Corp., a joint venture between Samsung Electronics and Toshiba Corp., has been contracted to manufacture external Blu-ray disc drives for Microsoft Xbox 360 game console.”

(Update, 8:53 p.m.: A Microsoft statement shuts the door on this pretty hard. “As we’ve said before, Microsoft has no plans to introduce an Xbox 360 Blu-ray add-on.”)

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September 15, 2008 at 1:59 PM

How many would-be NFL defensive coordinators bought Madden NFL ’09?

The best-selling video game in August, according to The NPD Group, was Madden NFL ’09. Nearly 2.2 million units were sold in the U.S. After reading a great essay on the game’s namesake, John Madden, I’m wondering how many were purchased by aspiring (or actual) NFL defensive coordinators.

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July 23, 2008 at 11:07 AM

Microsoft, Sony producing original video content for online game networks

Microsoft is co-producing a series of digital short films for distribution over the Xbox Live in another sign that online gaming networks are becoming more like all-in-one digital content distribution channels. Meanwhile, Sony is eyeing its own exclusive video offerings for distribution over the PlayStation Network, possibly in partnership with the company’s formidable movie and television studios.

Updated, 4:03 p.m.: New comments from Microsoft after the jump.

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July 15, 2008 at 11:48 AM

E3: Sony press conference

LOS ANGELES — Sony’s press conference, hot on the heels of Nintendo’s and a long, smoggy cab ride away, is rolling.

Jack Tretton, top dog at Sony in the U.S., started with some history. Fifteen years ago this week, executives at Sony gave the green light to the original PlayStation. The company was ahead of the technology curve then, introducing gamers to CDs, Tretton said. It’s successor, PlayStation 2, was built with a 10-year plan in mind, and has now sold some 140 million units.

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