Move controllers surpass 15M sales
Sony has announced that its PlayStation 3 has surpassed 70 million units in global sales, just one week shy of its sixth year on the market. The company also noted that sales of the optional Move controller, which has been on the market for two years, have already surpassed 15 million units.
Augmented reality system uses symbol-clad book, Move controller
The augmented reality book system showed at the Sony E3 keynote in June is gearing up for a holiday release. Wonderbook for the PlayStation 3 will come out as a bundle including everything that the system needs to work on the console and the first title using the technology, the Book of Spells by the author of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling.
Nintendo to post first annual loss in 30 years
Nintendo has posted a huge loss for the first six months of the fiscal year and expects the first annual loss in more than 30 years. While better than feared, the video game maker netted a loss of ¥70.27 billion ($923 million) in the six-month period ending on September 30, which compares to a loss of ¥2.01 billion yen just a year earlier. This is due to a mixture of factors, including slowing sales of the Wii, a weak global economy, and a comparatively strong yen that is bad for export profits.
PlayStation Move.me goes live on PSN
Sony as promised has taken its developer kit for the PlayStation Move live. Move.me lets users create custom uses for the motion controller using a combination of a computer, a PS3, and the requisite PlayStation Eye camera. Examples of the uses can range from pure gaming to educational and even rehab programs where the controller can retrain muscles.
Sony to ship $100 PS3 Move bundle next week
Sony just announced it will offer a new bundle that includes the PlayStation Move controller for the PS3 along with EA Sports' Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters Edition and the PlayStation Eye camera. The bundle will be aggressively priced, at $100. The game on its own retails for $60. The Move uses a controller for motion-based gaming, in similar fashion as that pioneered by Nintendo's Wii, though Sony claims its solution is more accurate.
Sony 24-inch 3D TV hits 499 with glasses
Sony's E3 keynote saw it bring out a surprise TV designed specifically for PS3 gamers. The 24-inch 3D Display is intended to make 3D gaming cheap and costs just $499, even with active shutter glasses in the box. It also carries a trick still rare for 2D players: it can show separate images for players on the left and right sides, allowing split-screen on one display without either easily snooping on the other.
Sony to bring PS3 controller to PCs
Sony is looking to bring the Move controller from its PlayStation 3 gaming console to PC users, according to a description of a panel at the upcoming Game Developers Conference. An exceprt suggests that Sony "will discuss the new Move Server project" designed "for academics and hobbyists to develop software using the PlayStation Move controller on their own PCs." SCEA's Game Systems team in Developer Support, John McCutchan, will present the talk.
Accessory geared for Killzone 3, SOCOM 4
Sony has introduced a new PlayStation accessory, the Sharp Shooter gun for first-person shooter games. The accessory holds both the Move motion controller and navigation controller, allowing users to aim their weapons while also controlling movement and other interactions. The gun also offers an adjustable stock, firing mode selector, pump action, and a reload button.
PSP camera and Magic Card both included
Sony has expanded its EyePet offerings with a new bundle geared specifically for the PSP. The mobile variant is designed around the same concept as the EyePet creature-care game for the PS3, but with a PSP camera and a "Magic Card" used in place of a Move controller.
Nintendo to bring 3D to Wii successor?
Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said in an interview with Japanese daily Nikkei that the Wii successor may have 3D capabilities, like its recently shown 3DS console. Iwata says the company is watching the adoption rate of 3D TVs, saying that they will wait until about 30 percent of households have a 3D TV.