Sony cuts price of PlayStation 3 to $249

Sony has revealed it will drop the price of its PlayStation 3 console.

The global price cut, announced during the Gamescom video game conference in Germany, will take effect immediately.

The cut applies to both the 160 GB and 320 GB models, which will now sell for $249 and $299 respectively. A handful of bundles featuring the PlayStation Move and Activision first-person shooter Call of Duty: Black Ops are also available.

“The new price will make the PS3 more accessible than ever before,” says Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Jack Tretton in a statement posted on the official PlayStation blog.

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Sony PlayStation Vita pushed into 2012 for U.S. and Europe

Sony’s launch of its PlayStation Vita handheld gaming system won’t occur this holiday season in the U.S. and is now being pushed into 2012.

The new gaming system, which will be a follow-up to both the successful but aging PlayStation Portable (PSP) and the slow-selling PSP Go, was previously expected to hit retailers in the U.S. and Europe by the end of the year.

That will no longer be the case, Sony Executive Deputy President Kazuo Hirai told Bloomberg on Thursday. He added, however, that the Vita will launch in Japan before the end of the year.

By not having the Vita in U.S. and European stores this holiday shopping season, Sony is passing up on a chance to rake in big sales.

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Nintendo President apologizes for 3DS price drop

If you are among the not quite one million people that ran out to purchase a Nintendo 3DS, despite its numerous flaws, odds are you are a little bit steamed right now. When the 3DS was introduced, it launched with a handful of titles but none of them were particularly major, plus the system’s software was half complete. The promised Netflix app was nowhere to be found, the Nintendo e-store wasn’t up yet, and the web browser was AWOL. But hey it was 3D! Yay. True, Nintendo fans took it with a smile and assumed that soon their loyalty would be rewarded with the updated software and a wide selection of new games.

But then came the price drop. People that originally purchased the 3DS shelled out $249.99, but due to poor sales and overall poor profits for the company, Nintendo decided to lower the price to $170 starting August 12. So basically, the reward for the people that have purchased a 3DS since its March launch is an $80 fine. Fans were not amused.

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Sony buys inFamous game developer Sucker Punch

It seems Sony is quite pleased with the work development studio Sucker Punch did with its recently launched “inFamous 2″ game for the PlayStation 3. Pleased enough, in fact, Sony has bought the company outright.

Sony Computer Entertainment just announced that it acquired Sucker Punch Productions — the developer behind both “inFamous” and “inFamous 2″ as well as the Sly Cooper games. The acquisition makes Sucker Punch the 16th internally-owned studio at SCE’s Worldwide Studios.

Sony did not disclose the financial terms of the acquisition.

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Wii titles drag down July video game sales

Combined sales of video games and consoles fell for the fourth consecutive month in July, slumping 1% as U.S. consumers pulled back on buying new titles, with games for Nintendo Co.’s Wii suffering in particular.

A 12% jump in sales of game consoles last month failed to entirely offset an 8% drop in sales of games to play on the devices. Overall, players spent $846.5 million for consoles, games and game peripherals in July, down slightly from $850.6 million a year earlier, according to NPD Group, a market research firm.

“Hardware sales were impressive, but software sales were still down,” said Michael Pachter, an analyst with Wedbush Securities.

The summer doldrums hit Nintendo software sales for its Wii console especially hard.

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Dead Rising 2 Delayed, Coming September

Dead Rising 2 has been delayed until September 28. A press release from Capcom mentioned the new date as an announcement, which is normal enough — except that we already had an announced date of August 31 from the company’s X10 event. Treating the new date with no mention of a delay is a bit odd, but September it is.

No reason was given for the delay. Capcom could be giving the team extra time for polish, or the decision could be a strategic one. A late September release puts it in line with the bulk of titles targeting holiday sales, with enough time to drum up excitement and word-of-mouth before shoppers start invading stores. Putting it head-to-head against other autumn heavy-hitters might be showing a lot of faith in the game.

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Bad Company 2 Onslaught begins June 22

EA and DICE rolled out the VIP Map Pack 3 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 editions of 2009′s highly regarded Battlefield: Bad Company 2. A free add-on for those who purchased the game new or bought a VIP pass, Map Pack 3 recombined a handful of previously available options, opening up the Squad Deathmatch mode for the Nelson Bay map, while the Laguna Alta playfield opened up to Squad Rush.

For gamers willing to pay a price to get a bit more substance, DICE today dated Bad Company 2′s first batch of premium downloadable content. Onslaught mode, which introduces co-op play to Bad Company 2, will be available on the Xbox 360 and PS3 for $10 (800 Microsoft points) on June 22. DICE did not provide an update on whether the Onslaught DLC would be released for the PC, and EA had not responded to requests for comment as of press time.

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Sega bringing Dreamcast library to PS3, Xbox 360

Sega plans on bringing some of its signature titles from the Dreamcast console to the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade.

The first two games to debut will be Crazy Taxi and Sonic Adventure, which will arrive this fall.

“The Dreamcast is fondly remembered by a large community of dedicated fans as a console that was ahead of its time in terms of graphics, quality and online gaming,” says Haruki Satomi, vice president of digital business at Sega, in a statement. “There are few things that are more requested from us than making Dreamcast classics available for download in today’s digital market place.”

The Dreamcast re-releases will feature high-resolution graphics, surround sound, online leaderboards and achievements and trophies.

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Six Ozzy Osbourne Tracks Coming to Rock Band

Rock legend Ozzy Osbourne makes his Rock Band debut with six songs – three classics and three from his upcoming album Scream! Ozzy has sold 50 million albums worldwide during his solo career (plus another 50 million albums as the vocalist for Black Sabbath!), won two Grammys, an MTV Movie Award, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is a living legend and the Godfather of Heavy Metal. Now rockers everywhere will now be able to enjoy his music through Rock Band.

Fans will be able to play the already hit single “Let Me Hear You Scream” and two yet-unreleased tracks from Scream – “Diggin’ Me Down” and “Soul Sucker” - before the album hits stores on June 22nd. Longtime Ozzy fans shouldn’t feel left out – three Ozzy classics will also be available: ”Crazy Babies, “I Don’t Wanna Stop,” and “No More Tears.”

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