Thursday, December 13, 2007


News report from reported that PS3 has finally overtake Wii in November with price cut and stronger line-up of games. Sony sold 183,217 PS3s in Japan in the four weeks to November 25, while Nintendo sold 159,193 Wii consoles, according to magazine publisher Enterbrain. US software giant Microsoft meanwhile sold 35,065 Xbox 360s as it continued to struggle on its rivals' home turf, the survey showed.

Sony cut the price of the standard PS3 by 10 percent in October and launched a new slimmed down version, ratcheting up the competition with its rivals ahead of the crucial year-end sales period.

Nintendo has been enjoying strong demand for the Wii, which earlier this year was outselling the PS3 several times over in Japan.

The PS3's fortunes also now appear to be improving in North America where Sony recently reported a more than three-fold rise in sales in the crucial Thanksgiving holiday week.

While Sony put the emphasis on chip power and ultra-realistic graphics for the latest addition to the PlayStation series, Nintendo opted to develop a cheaper, easy-to-use console that would appeal to a wider audience.

Some analysts argue that the Wii has carved out a new market, so Nintendo and Sony are no longer competing head-to-head in home video game consoles.

They said the softer Wii sales may also be the result of supply shortages rather than weaker demand.

The success of the PS3 is considered vital to a revival at Sony, which under its first foreign boss Howard Stringer has been undergoing a major overhaul.

On the other news, Singapore has banned the sale of an Xbox video game that features an intimate scene between two female characters.

The "Mass Effect" game, a futuristic space adventure, contains "a scene of lesbian intimacy... as such the game has been disallowed," the deputy director of the Board of Film Censors said in the statement.

Earlier this year the city-state banned two other video games, "God of War II" for nudity and "The Darkness" for excessive violence and religiously offensive expletives, the statement said.


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