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From Sony's 1000% Increase In Sales To Eidos Battling With Piracy: News Roundup September 8th

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Today’s news sees an incredible boom in UK PS3 sales, as the Slim sells three times as much as other consoles.  In other news Final Fantasy XIII sees a confirmed Japanese release date, and Eidos sets a cunning trap to punish pirates in Batman: Arkham Asylum.

PS3 Slim Gives Sony a 1000% Increase In Sales

From Sony's 1000% Increase In Sales To Eidos Battling With Piracy: News Roundup September 8th

Sales of the PlayStation 3 have gone through the roof in the UK, thanks to the launch of the PS3 Slim.  Nearly a 1000 per cent increase was seen over the past week, marking one of the best weeks in the PS3’s history.  Market-researcher Chart-Track carried out the research, claiming the PS3 managed to outsell the Xbox 360, Wii and DS Lite by an incredible ratio of three-to-one.  Sony’s UK sales director Mark Howsen confessed these sales figures were ahead of their expectations.

Sony now has an excellent opportunity to take the crown for Europe’s best-selling console, with news suggesting the PS3 is only trailing the Xbox 360 by a millions units in Europe.  The reduced price of the PS3 Slim offers arguably better value for money than the 360, with Blu-ray, Wi-Fi and free online gaming right out of the box.  With Christmas fast approaching the console war looks like it’s about to get a lot more violent.  [MCVUK]

Final Fantasy XIII Japanese Release Date Confirmed

From Sony's 1000% Increase In Sales To Eidos Battling With Piracy: News Roundup September 8th

Final Fantasy XIII received a confirmed release date today at the FFXIII Premier Party.  Square Enix President Yoichi Wada spoke at the National Museum of Science and Innovation in Odaiba, commenting on the games long development journey while standing in front of a big PowerPoint slide reading “12 17 2009”.

December 17th was confirmed as the release date along with the launch price of 8,800 yen in Japan.  Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Chairman Kaz Hirai followed up Wada’s announcement, commenting on the long lasting relationship shared between Final Fantasy and PlayStation.  Hirai went on to reveal a new FFXIII based bundle for the PS3 will be coming soon, promising more information in the near future.  [1UP]

Eidos Set Traps For Pirates In Arkham Asylum

From Sony's 1000% Increase In Sales To Eidos Battling With Piracy: News Roundup September 8th

Eidos has set a rather sneaky trap in Batman: Arkham Asylum in an attempt to clamp down on pirating.  As one pirate recently discovered, the vital Glide ability removes itself from the game if a legitimate copy isn’t being played.  A message on the official forums highlighted this problem for the previously mentioned pirate:

“Cheshirec_the_cat (The Pirate)

I’ve got a problem when it’s time to use Batman’s glide in the game. When I hold <Space>, like it’s said to jump from one platform to another, Batman tries to open his wings again and again instead of gliding. So he falls down in a poisoning gas. If somebody could tell me, what should I do there?

Keir (Eidos)

The problem you have encountered is a hook in the copy protection, to catch out people who try and download cracked versions of the game for free.

It’s not a bug in the game’s code, it’s a bug in your moral code.

Hopefully now people with a “bug” in their “moral code” will think twice before downloading illegal copies of a game.

Add a comment8 comments
Gunn  Sep. 8, 2009 at 19:24

That anti-piracy idea seems clever enough but if pirates managed to crack the game surely they can fix this "bug" too?!

David Bryant  Sep. 8, 2009 at 19:51

I remember there was a football management game for the PSone, that if you copied it would let you play, but you'd lose every game.

Steven Brown  Sep. 8, 2009 at 20:15

people/parents will still opt for the £100 xbox rather than the £250 ps3 come xmas time

huh  Sep. 8, 2009 at 21:47

Strange how this site states Sony's profit up 1000% when all other news sites such as the BBC and The Times say 104% (approx).

Rubisco  Sep. 8, 2009 at 22:52


Yes of course they can, but it's not meant to stop people pirating, just slowing them down can have a huge impact on sales.

Most pirates aren't your stereotypical brainiac computer nerd, they're just about able to type the name of a game into a search engine, throwing a little doubt into the mix stops most in their tracks, they then either go pirate a different game or believe it or not, go and buy the game they think is too bothersome to pirate!

It's all about changing the path of least resistance...

huh2  Sep. 8, 2009 at 22:54

not really surprising that the statistics are off.

99.99% of the 'articles' on this website are badly researched opinionated crap.

Rubisco  Sep. 8, 2009 at 22:56


Strange how you state that this site states Sony’s profit up 1000% when it actually states 1000% increase in PS3 sales.

Greg  Sep. 8, 2009 at 22:58


1000% is not real life as they're comparing the launch to a week of abnormally low sales. (People held back buying older PS3 so sales slumped further)

60K in UK is a very good , but not much above their previous strong week..

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