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
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
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
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?
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.