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Sony Computer Entertainment has announced today that they are selling all their 9,520,000 Square Enix shares to a company called SMBC Nikko Securities. This will generate an income of 15.3 billion yen, around $ 150 million USD / € 108 million which will be marked down Sony's financial report for the year ending 31st March 2015. 

Sony is lately in severe financial weather and this is a financial boost for the company. This marks the seperation of a long partnership that resulted in a strong presence of the Final Fantasy series on PlayStation hardware over the years.

What the exact reason is for the sale is unknown.

17-04 Update: Sale price was incorrect and has been updated after Sony's announcement.

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North America already got the PlayStation 4 on 15 November and Sony sold 1 Million consoles in 24 hours and last Friday us Europeans can also get Sony's new console! Some gameshops were open at midnight for lucky gamers who preordered the console months ago, since it has already been sold out. The MediaMarkt in Germany didn't really do that and it was first come first served as you can see in the below video.

Final Fantasy XIV

On a press conference held by Sony today the release date of the PlayStation 4 was announced for Japan which will be 22 February 2014. This is the first time that Japan, home of PlayStation, will get the system 3 months after the United States and Europe.

Square Enix has announced that starting on that day the beta tests of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn for the PlayStation 4 will begin. Also players who are currently playing the PlayStation 3 version can switch to the PlayStation 4 version for free.

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During the PlayStation gamescom 2013 press conference in Cologne Sony has announced that the PlayStation 4 will be released in North America on 15 November and Europe will get it 2 weeks later on 29 November. Sony expects to launch the PlayStation 4 in 32 countries this holiday season. They also revealed that already 1,000,000 preorders have been made.

During the press conference Sony did also announce a price drop for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita which will be available for €199 / $199 each.

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You already might know this probably: Yesterday Sony announced the PlayStation 4 on their press conference in New York that was available for live streaming. The console itself was not shown, but they did show the DualShock 4 controller which will feature a touchpad and a bunch of new games that are currently in development.

Luminous Studio on PlayStation 4

Square Enix also made its appearance at the press conference. Yoshihisa Hashimoto, chief technology officer at Square Enix Japan, showed the Luminous Studio engine running on the PlayStation 4. It was the same tech demo as shown on the E3 previous year. After that Shinji Hashimoto took the floor and told that a new Final Fantasy game is in development for the PlayStation 4 and details will be announced at the E3.

If you want to watch the press conference, you can do so here. The PlayStation 4 is set for release this holiday.

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Sony has announced that they will launch a 160 GB PlayStation 3 model on 31st October in Europe and other PAL territories. This new module has twice the storage capacity of the 80 GB model that will be released this Friday. Also it will include a bundle of PlayStation Network content. However like previous models, this one will not be able to play PlayStation 2 games. The 160 GB PlayStation 3 model will be priced at €449.

A North American release is stated to be in November, however in a different form. It will be a limited edition with the game Uncharted: Drake's Fortune and a voucher for the downloadable game Pain. It will be priced at $499.

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Sony has confirmed today that they will introduce a new model that will be released in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Australasia on 10 October 2007. The new model is equipped with a 40 GB HDD and will cost € 399. Instead of four USB 2.0 ports the new model will have two, it will no longer include the multi memory card port and it will be no longer be backwards compatible with PlayStation 2 games.

The existing Starter Pack with the 60 GB model with 2 controller and 2 first party games will still be available for € 499 while stock lasts.

» Read Sony's full press announcement

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Sony has announced a new version of the PlayStation 3 and is cutting the price of the current 60 GB version in North America and Europe.

The current price of the PlayStation 3 with the 60 GB HDD of $599 USD / €599 will fall to $499 USD / €499 and the new 80 GB version will be introduced in August for $599 USD / € 599.

The timing of the price cut came as a surprice since Ryoji Chubachi said last Friday that Sony has no plans at present to cut the price.

13/07 Update: Bad news for Europe: Sony has no plans to cut the price in Europe with 100 euros. They have announced that they will release a starter pack here with 2 first party games and 2 controllers for €599.

15/07 Update: Sony has confirmed that the recent price drop of the PlayStation 3 in North America is temporary.

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The day is finally here: Sony's PlayStation 3 has launched today in Europe! After a delay of 4 months because of problems with the Blu-ray drivers Sony has shipped 1,000,000 units to Europe. Some gameshops opened their doors at midnight, while some in Italy sold the console 2 days ago already. There are 27 launch games available.
So, if you have the money and want to have one, go get it!

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Sony has just released its PlayStation 3 in Japan! The new console from Sony will mostly compete against the Xbox 360 from Microsoft, which is selling bad in Japan. Because of the only 100,000 units available the expectation will be that the PlayStation 3 will be sold out quickly.

The console will be available in the United States on November 17th and in Europe in March 2007, which actually became uncertain.

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