Certain analysts had previously reported Sony's intent to slow down PlayStation 3 production as a means to cut costs, Sony Computer Entertainment has consistently maintained its stance that it plans to do no such thing.
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After being bombarded on all sides with criticism of the game's bleak setting and sadistic methods of violence, Take-Two Interactive has decided to temporarily shelve their controversial sequel, Manhunt 2. While the company will continue to support the title and reserve it for a possible future release, it will take all the time it needs to fully examine its options.
In a landmark decision representing the U.K.'s first video game ban since 1997, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has rejected Manhunt 2 for both PS2 and Wii, which now makes it illegal to sell the game within the borders of the country. The <a href="http://www.bbfc.co.uk/news/press/20070619.html">BBFC's decision</a> was based heavily on the game's bleak atmosphere and its tendency to encourage mindless slaughter.
Sony posted its financial results for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2007, and it appears that the analyst predictions weren't that far off the mark. According to a report from Gamepro, a median estimate taken from a survey of 11 analysts forecasted that Sony had lost approximately US$2.04 billion in operating income within their video games division alone, due to the high costs and setbacks associated with the worldwide launch of its PlayStation 3 console. The genuine figure turned out to be $1.97 billion, although sales and operating revenue for the games division increased to $8.61 billion, a 6.1 percent year-over-year increase.
If you happen to be an Xbox 360 owner with the add-on HD DVD player, expect a software update for the drive to be automatically downloaded the next time you pop in an HD DVD movie while being signed on to Xbox Live. According to a recent post on Major Nelson's <a href="http://www.majornelson.com/archive/2007/05/15/hd-dvd-auto-update-5-07.aspx">Xbox Live blog</a>, the update will contain the following improvements:
Although Ken Kutaragi recently announced his retirement from his executive positions at Sony Computer Entertainment as of June 19, numerous media sources have already come to the conclusion that his departure from the company may have been forcibly instigated by Sony management due to what many perceive as a lacklustre sales performance from the PlayStation 3.