Sony focused on PS3, PlayStation Vita for 2012 – not PS4

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In another interview focused on the impending PS4 reveal, Sony Computer Entertainment America's CEO and President Jack Tretton once again reaffirmed no plans to announced a PlayStation 4 in 2012.

Since the latter part of 2011, we've seen increasing rumors in Microsoft and Sony gearing up for next-gen console announcements. Back at the beginning of January MCV claimed Microsoft and Sony were poised for the "biggest E3" ever. From there, rumors continued to swirl about Sony's possible PS4 reveal.

Of course, this forced Sony to respond to rumors, with Sony chairman Kaz Hirai making it clear that Sony had no intention of revealing any new PS4 hardware or announcing any details about a new console at E3 2012. Hirai emphasized Sony's original plan for the PlayStation 3 to have a 10-year life cycle. Shortly after, Sony's Andrew House, who also voiced his support for the PS3, also said Sony's primary focus for 2012 is the newly launched PlayStation Vita handheld system.

Despite Sony's continued efforts to squash PS4 rumors, they continue to appear. The latest effort comes from Sony SCEA CEO Jack Tretton who said he is far too focused on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita to even think about trying to launch new technology.

"In terms of when you talk about [the next generation] and when you announce it, it really depends on the health of the existing platform and the other things you have going on," he said to IGN.

"And right now, we're focused on PlayStation 3, and I've got another platform [Vita] to get out the door in seven days, so I don't want to be thinking about trying to launch new technology any time soon. I want to focus all our energy on our console business, which is really just hitting its stride, and Vita, which really deserves a dedicated push from us."

While "hitting its stride" might be a stretch, it's hard to argue the PS3's new found success. About a week ago, Sony called January's sales "solid for the PlayStation 3".

“Following a strong December at retail, PlayStation continued the momentum in January through multi-retailer promotions such as 'Play Days' where we saw a 2x lift over forecast in peripheral sales and solid results for the PlayStation 3,” said Patrick Seybold, Sr. Director of Corporate Communications at SCEA, of January 2012's gaming sales numbers.

"I, quite frankly, would be very distracted if I had to be talking about next generation hardware this year," Tretton added when speaking to IGN.

While Tretton didn't exactly say the words, he pretty much ruled out any possibility of a PS4 announcement in 2012. If anything, his statements echo former Sony opinions that 2012 isn't the right time to announce a new console. Whether or not gamers agree with them is another story, but right now it doesn't look as if Sony is looking to launch a next-gen console just yet.

Tags: PS4, PS3, PS Vita

By Matt Liebl

UCube exclusive interview

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GameZone was able to check out the awesome mobile media center, U Cube. This mobile station includes five 50' high definition TV's, leather seating, theater lights and surround sound for each of the stations. The trailer also has the ability to plus in two additional stations outside of it.

They're also able to supply any gaming needs you might require. Want it to be an all Xbox 360 party? You got it. Want to diversify? That's fine too, as you can have 360's, PS3 and Wii's available. They even cater to motion gaming crowd with Kinect and PS Move as well. Since they're partnering with GameStop, they're also never short of popular games that you might want to have at your event.

UCube is based in South Florida and specializes in any kind of event, be it from a birthday party, a bachelor party, to a business party. They're able to cater to whatever you require.

By Mike Splechta

Despite increased PS3 sales, Sony reports Q3 losses

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Despite PlayStation 3 hardware and software sales being up from the previous year, Sony has reported a 17.4% year-on-year decrease in total revenue. Reporting their third quarter financial results for the period ending December 31, 2011, the Consumer Products & Services division, of which Sony Computer Entertainment is part of, reportedly brought in $12.8 billion in revenue, a 24.4% year-on-year decrease resulting in losses of $1.1 billion.

The company cited a decrease in LCD television sales resulting from poor market conditions, the impact of floods in Thailand, and unfavorable exchange rates. Despite Sony's PlayStation 3 sales being up, the company also pointed the console's price cut as one of the factors resulting in the loss.

The PlayStation 3 sold 6.5 million units, up 200,000 from the same period in 2011. The software for the PS3 saw a growth as well, with 66.2 million units being sold – up 13% from last year's 57.6 million.

Unfortunately, other Sony consoles and software didn't fare much better. PSP hardware sales fell 800,000 units to 2.4 million. Software was also down by 5.1 million units from last year's 16.5 million to 11.4 million this year. The PS2 decline also continued with 900,000 units sold in Q3, down 1.2 million on the 2.1 million units sold in the same period last year. PS2 software was down as well with sales of 2.5 million compared to the 5.3 million in the previous year.

The PlayStation Vita, which wasn't included in the report, is off to a scary slow start in Japan with the most Media Create numbers showing sales of 18,000 last week and just over 500,000 lifetime. The Vita is set to release worldwide later this month.

Full-year outlook, for the 12 months ending March 31, was lowered to ¥6.4 trillion from ¥6.5 trillion.

Sony announced yesterday that former SCE boss and current head of the Consumer Products & Service division Kazuo Hirai would be taking over as president and CEO beginning April 1st, as current CEO and President Sir Howard Stringer shifts to become a Chairman of the Board of Directors.

[Sony Financial Report]

Tags: Sony, PS3

By Matt Liebl

Weekly wrap-up 7/20/2012

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After a very successful Comic-Con experience, GameZone has returned to its usual format for this edition of our weekly wrap-up. Don’t worry, though, because we’ve still got some delicious Comic-Con leftovers for ya! Check out the latest gaming and movie content right here.

Reviews

Ice Age: Continental Drift review (Movies)

The latest entry in the Ice Age series lacks clever writing and feels so uninspired that it’s hardly worth watching even if you’re a fan of the previous films.

Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure review (3DS)

If you’re looking for a magnificent rhythm gaming experience on your 3DS, don’t miss out on this one. Theatrhythm, ya got some competition!

DYAD review (PSN)

This combination of sights and sounds delivers one hell of an experience. Throw in some wonderfully clever gameplay, and you’ve got an offbeat game like no other.

Frogger: Hyper Arcade Edition review (XBLA, PSN, WiiWare)

Frogger returns, and it combines everything people loved about previous games while adding some impressive new gameplay elements.

London 2012: The Olympic Games review (Xbox 360, PS3)

It may not be very memorable, but this Olympics-themed sports game still provides some fun moments.

Kingdom Rush review (iOS)

Looking for one hell of an addictive tower defense game to play on your iPhone? Look no further, because that game has arrived.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD review (XBLA, PSN)

It may be missing the awesome split-screen multiplayer mode that made the original so much, but this HD remake of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater is still a ton of fun.

Resident Evil: Chronicles HD Collection review (PSN)

Want some on-rails zombie action that will put those Move controllers to good use? Here ya go!

Anna review (PC)

While it doesn’t reach the ambitious level of psychological horror design that it could have, Anna is still a worthwhile experience that will give you plenty of scares.

The Dark Knight Rises review (Movies)

The finale of the Dark Knight trilogy is everything you could want in a film intended to end a masterful legend.

Previews

Comic-Con 2012: Elysium preview

Three words: Bald Matt Damon.

World of Warplanes preview and impressions

We get a close look at the upcoming flight-based MMO, World of Warplanes.

Comic-Con 2012: The Hobbit preview

If you’re a fan of The Hobbit, this film may be exactly what you’re looking for in a movie.

Comic-Con 2012: Django Unchained preview

This movie has got Quentin Tarantino all over it, which is to say it’s worthy of your excitement.

Planetside 2 preview: Is MMOFPS a viable genre?

Is this shooter more MMO or more FPS?

Comic-Con 2012: Pacific Rim preview

If you haven’t heard of Pacific Rim, well, now you have. Watch out for it.

Comic-Con 2012: Man of Steel preview

The upcoming take on Superman is interesting and could very well provide an enjoyable movie experience for fans of the comic book hero.

Comic-Con 2012: 'Iron Man 3'/Marvel Studios preview

Marvel outdoes itself at Comic-Con and gives its fans a reason to give a damn about Iron Man 3.

Going hands-on with Stained

GameZone plays the first few levels of this promising 2D puzzle platformer.

Legends of Pegasus: A 4X strategy game you should care about

If you’re looking for a potentially awesome strategy game, watch out for this one on August 10.

GZ Originals

OUYA backers seem confused by what the console actually is

Some folks seem to be unaware of exactly what this promising upcoming console is intended to do.

Wii U impressions after going hands-on with the system

Despite the skepticism, Nintendo’s successor to the Wii has a lot of potential to be great.

Five ways Kinect 2 must improve on the original

There are probably (read: definitely) more than five, but we don’t have that kind of time.

Johann Sebastian Joust interview with Douglas Wilson

We talk indie games, PlayStation Move, Johann Sebastian Joust, and much, much more with indie game designer Douglas Wilson.

Five reasons we need Battlefield: Bad Company 3 before Battlefield 4

Should the next Battlefield title really be a sequel to last year's military shooter?

Nitpick: Repetitive Music

Music is a major driving force behind so many games, so it goes without saying that it’s utterly disappointing when we get repetitive looping and uninteresting themes in our games.

Guides

NCAA 13 Heisman Challenge: Barry Sanders hints

Amazing Spider-Man walkthrough | Oscorp Tower (Pt. 2) photograph guide

Videos

Comic-Con 2012 – Resident Evil 6 Leon gameplay footage

Comic-Con 2012: Kingdom Hearts 3DS XL gameplay footage

Planetside 2 exclusive video demo / gameplay footage

Comic Con 2012: Lost Planet 3 Exclusive Developer Interview

Comic Con 2012: Family Guy Back to the Metaverse developer interview

Comic Con 2012: Is Battleblock Theater the new Castle Crashers?

For a bunch of nonsensical gibberish, follow @thesanchezdavid on Twitter.

Tags: The Dark Knight Rises, Reviews, Previews, Comic-Con 2012, Movies

By David Sanchez

Tecmo Koei ships wrong version of Sangokushi for PSP

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Romance of the Three Kingdoms VIII Box

Tecmo Koei made a huge mistake when shipping Sangokushi VIII (part of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms series here in the West), released as a budget game this week in Japan.

Customers who bought the PSP title loaded the UMD to discover the game's predecessor Sangokushi VII instead.

The company has ceased all sales of the tactical RPG and is issuing replacements for current owners. Talk about a costly slip.

Follow @wita on Twitter for tales of superheroes, plumbers in overalls, and literary adventures.

[Andriasang]

Tags: Tecmo Koei, Sangokushi VIII, Romance of the Three Kingdoms VIII

By Stephanie Carmichael

PS3, Vita, and PSP combine for 90 million PSN accounts

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Sony today announced there are about 90 million registered PlayStation Network accounts across all regions.

Speaking at GDC this week, Ted Regulski, manager of SCEA Developer Relations, said the PSN numbers were a combination from PS3, PSP, and PS Vita customers. He didn't, however, say how many of those were actually active accounts.

Regulski didn't stop there. Speaking on what PSN offers developers, Regulski went on to boast Sony is "the only major console publisher to allow self-publishing."

“There are others but they have publishing rules that aren’t much fun,” he added, “and there are no weird limits you have to hit in order for us to pay you”.

Regulski didn't mention any specific figures, but did say PSN offers devs better royalty rates than Nintendo and Microsoft.

[Develop]

Tags: PSN, Sony, PS3

By Matt Liebl

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