Renesas Electronics currently owns the factory that produces a key component of Nintendo’s Wii U, but the company has fallen on hard times. In particular, the plant in Tsuruoka was dedicating over half of its resources to manufacturing DRAM for Wii U, but when sales did not meet expectations Nintendo found themselves with a surplus of parts and the work flow, and thus cash flow, dried up.
Due to this and other financial losses reported by Renesas, it was announced last fall that the company planned to close four factories over the next two years, including the one in Tsuruoka. However, the situation has just become more interesting as an other company has expressed interest in buying out the Tsuruoka plant: Sony.
Call of Duty: Ghosts has recently received an update across all platforms, which adds a new Heavy Duty mode and makes changes to a variety of other in-game elements. The update also fixes an invisibility glitch that had been exploited in recent weeks as well as a glitch that allowed players to utilize an unlimited amount of perks. Find out more about other changes brought on by the update after the jump.
Sony Computer Entertainment Japan recently opened its job openings page and there are job listings available for The Last Guardian. Strangely enough, the game is still listed for release on the PS3. In particular, there are openings available for Game Planner, a Game Production Programmer, an Animation Designer, a Graphics Designer, a FX Designer and a Line Producer.
PS Vita sales have seen a 68 percent increase since the release of PS4 on November 15. The rise in the handheld’s sales probably has something to do with Sony’s new Vita campaign, which highlights the connectivity function between PS Vita and PS4.
Ready for Square Enix’s next Kingdom Hearts remix? The trailer for the 2.5 Remix was released at Jump Festa this weekend, make the jump to watch it. Note, this one is in English.
Excited for FromSoft’s Dark Souls II set to release in 2014? Check out the game’s latest live action teaser trailer after the jump.
Rebellion’s upcoming shooter, Sniper Elite 3, has just received a new trailer, which focuses on conflict in North Africa during World War 2. The trailer also follows an elite sniper named Karl Fairburne ”amidst the terrifying bombardment of the ancient city of Tobruk in Libya.”
Currently, Sniper Elite 3 is set to launch on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in 2014. Hit the jump to see the trailer for yourself.
Last night Amazon got another shipment of PlayStation 4 units in stock and they have surprisingly not all sold out yet. Sony’s next gen console is currently sitting at number one on the video game charts and selling fast, so don’t expect it to last long. This could be your last chance to snag a PlayStation 4 before the end of the year, as Sony has indicated that supply is limited.
If you’re looking to pick up a PlayStation 4 this holiday season and you don’t already have one in the bag, chances are you’re going to have to wait. Sony’s latest console is off to a very strong start, and it’s becoming more and more difficult to find a retailer that has it in stock. Don’t expect that to change before the new year, as Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House says that the console is likely to be ‘supply-challenged’ for the rest of 2013. Sony aims to sell 3 million PlayStation 4 units by January 1 and 5 million by the end of the fiscal year on March 31, 2014.
If you own a Vita or will be receiving one for Christmas and you’re looking for some great games at affordable prices, look no further than Tearaway. Created by Media Molecule, the papercraft adventure known as Tearaway was one of our favorite games of E3, and it’s currently selling for just $17.99. Not a bad deal at all!
With around 80 million units sold, PlayStation 3 is a very successful console in its own right, but the console lags behind PlayStation 2 (over 150 million sold) considerably, and Sony acknowledges that some mistakes were made during the past generation. However, Sony is extremely confident in the future of PlayStation 4. In fact, they cite the ‘tough learning’ they had to go through during the PlayStation 3 era as a key ingredient in this confidence.
PlayStation 4 and Vita have been described by Sony as sister devices and perfect companions, and Sony is confident that the launch of PlayStation 4 will help boost Vita sales. While it’s too early to tell if that holds true on a global scale, that appears to be exactly what is happening in the UK.
According to numbers crunched by MVC, Vita sales rose 68% during the launch week of PlayStation 4 and then 65% the following week. The full numbers have not yet been released, but Vita looks to have a healthy holiday season in the UK. Can Sony’s handheld compete with 3DS heading into 2014?