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It’s really no surprise, but it seems that December was the PlayStation 3′s best month since its launch. Worldwide, the PlayStation 3 sold 3.8 million during the month, of which, according to NPD (well, from 11/29 to 1/2), PS3 managed 50,000 units more than the 360 in the United States alone (at 1.36 million). It may not sound like much of a difference, but it’s very significant, considering the 360 has generated more sales of the console in the United States for months. According to VGChartz, PS3 had about 3.6 million sold worldwide, while the 360 only managed about 2.76 worldwide (so, in retrospect, worldwide, the PS3 almost outsold it’s real competition by a million units). This may very well be the turning point, a primer for 2010 if you will.
Also, according to GI.biz, the PlayStation Network also saw it’s best month last December as well. Revenue increased on the PSN by 155% in North America, most sales going to the release of the PSOne Classic, Final Fantasy VIII, followed by the PSN exclusive PixelJunk Shooter. Software sales also increased year-over-year by 60%. Can’t wait to see Darrin’s sales analysis for a better picture . With the strong lineup of exclusives 2010 is promising, it’s starting to look like this year will be another big one for Sony’s flagship console.
Great news for long time AVP fans. A demo of the next generation of AVP carnage is coming. Hopefully the demo includes multiplayer, if not it would be cool if you could choose to play as the Predator, Alien or Marine. The game is out on February 16th, 2010. So the demo should be out in a few weeks max I’d imagine.
“There will be a demo…That’s all we can say,” said AvP lead designer Alex Moore in an interview with AvPGalaxy. As you might guess from the “that’s all we can say,” he didn’t mention the date or platforms.
Though 2009 is almost over with, there aren’t any big titles coming out between now and January 1st. Metacritic has decided to do it’s Best Games of 2009 awards, based off of the scores made by all the major publications. First thing to look at is their platform breakdown. I’ll work down the line from first place to last.
PlayStation 3 had a total of 228 games released, 10 of which received “Great” reviews (meaning they had a Metacritic score of 90 or higher). The median score was 72. 43% of the titles has “Good” reviews (75 or higher), with 50% “Mixed” and 7% “Bad”.
Second place went to the PC. The PC has a total of 306 games released since the beginning of the year, of which only 7 were rated “Great”. It did have a higher median score of 72.5, which is slightly higher than the PS3′s, but it still only had 43% of it’s games rate “Good”, while 49% of the games got “Mixed” reviews and 9% got “Bad” ratings.
Third place went to the XBox 360, which got a total of 279 titles released. Only 7 of those were ranked “Great” as well, but it had a median score of 70, with only 35% of the titles receiving “Good” reviews. 55% of titles got “Mixed” reviews and and 11% received “Bad” reviews. This is a big difference from the PlayStation 3, but there are 3 more platforms to go through.
In fourth place, we have the PSP. The PSP had a total of 125 titles released, of which, only 1 actually got a “Great” review. The median score for the platform hit 69, with 36% of the titles getting “Good” reviews. “Mixed” reviews hit 57% while “Bad” reviews made up 7% of all titles.
The last two go to the current Nintendo platforms. First up is the DS, which got 5th place. The platform got a total of 329 titles, 3 of which got “Great” scores. It, too, had a median score of 69, but only 27% of all titles got “Good” reviews. As for “Mixed” and “Bad” reviews, it received 62% and 10% respectively.
And, finally, last place goes to the Wii, which had a total of 362 games released since January 1st. Of the 362 titles, only 1 received a “Great” review. THe median score for the platform hit a 67, with only 28% of the games to get “Good” scores. 59% of the titles got “Mixed” reviews, while 13% received “Bad” reviews.
Looking back at those numbers, it’s quite obvious the PlayStation 3 had a strong software lineup for the year, despite having less titles available than most of the other platforms, which means you’ll be more likely to come across more good titles on PS3 than any other platform. Whats even more surprising is the fact both the PSP and PS3 had the lowest percentage of “Bad” scores as well, whereas the 360 and Wii had the highest percentages of bad Metacritic scores.
There’s more to this, so be sure to continue reading.
The XBox 360 recently got the SkyTV service seemingly exclusively, but it appears that the same service may be hitting up the PlayStation 3 relatively soon. According to this article on Paidcontent, there was a snippet in a 277 page public document released by SkyTV that stated:
The deal to provide Sky’s channels on the PS3 platform has not yet been made public and is confidential to Sky.
The document has since removed the line from the document, but this goes to show that the 360 may not have the SkyTV service exclusively after all. If you feel like reading the entire document, you can check it out here.
Joystiq spoke with the folks over at Netflix and there are some details they gave out regarding the PS3′s side of the service. The most interesting question and answer came from this, which resulted in me saying “Dang it!” :
Why not distribute the application via PSN download or firmware update, and then embed it into the XMB?
Again, the instant streaming disc represented the fastest and easiest way to let PS3 enthusiasts get Netflix on the PS3. Late next year we expect to have an embedded solution available for PS3s via a system software update slated for release through the PlayStation Network.
So there won’t be an embedded option until “late” next year (unless, I’m sure, they manage to get it up beforehand), so could be a good 12 months from now, and if that’s the case, I guess a disc will have to do until the embedded software comes out, which is better than waiting another year!
Also, it’s supposedly set up much like the 360 version, where you can browse lists of movies and whatnot in different categories (the 360 supposedly being limited to 100), but you’ll have access to the entire library. Both versions are nearly identical in what they provide (save for the Party watch feature on the 360, which, in my opinion, is kinda dumb), but, again, the PS3′s access to it will be free (and if you’re planning on watching a movie anyway, the disc shouldn’t be a big deal. At least an implemented software update is being worked on) as opposed to Microsoft requiring a Gold membership (which they don’t plan on changing).