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Nintendo confirms smartphone apps while restating commitment to games consoles

Date: Wed, 29. January 2014 21:44:51
Nintendo has reiterated its commitment to its strategy of keeping its games exclusive to its own consoles, while acknowledging plans to utilize smartphones and tablets in ways that drive new users to Nintendo hardware. At an investor briefing today, CEO and president Satoru Iwata said that Nintendo will use smart devices to ?make connections with customers,? though he ruled out releasing existing games on those platforms, believing the company unable to "show its strength as an integrated hardware-software business" elsewhere. Nintendo is not expressly restricting its app developers from creating games Without going into much detail, Iwata said that "service" apps will be released this year, noting that the company would seek to use smart devices for services such as selling games that had previously been confined to games consoles.

These are the biggest Nintendo games at E3 2014

Date: Sun, 15. June 2014 12:00:00
Nintendo's in a weird place. The company's got a game console that no one's buying, the Wii U, and it's the only place to play some of gaming's biggest franchises: Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong. The list goes on.

Goldman: PlayStation 4 could send Sony into a ?downward spiral?

Date: Thu, 21. February 2013 16:38:32
Count Goldman Sachs analyst Takashi Watanabe as being pessimistic on the PlayStation 4?s chances for success. Per Business Insider, Watanabe has penned a new research note that casts doubt not only on Sony?s (SNE) new console specifically, but on the gaming console business as a whole. Specifically, Watanabe thinks that smartphones and tablets are poised to erode consoles? installed base because more people can get their gaming fix through cheap games such as Angry Birds and Cut the Rope rather than spending $60 to buy the latest version of Call of Duty. This lower installation base leads to negative reinforcement where developers are less likely to invest in developing top-notch games for the platform, which further erodes consumers? willingness to shell out cash

AMD hopes to bridge gap between Xbox, PlayStation and PCs

Date: Wed, 5. June 2013 02:02:00
Advanced Micro Devices has announced a new strategy that could lead to games that run in the future across PCs and games consoles like the Xbox and PlayStation.

Xbox One will not play Xbox 360 games; used game policy still unclear

Date: Tue, 21. May 2013 15:20:24
Bad news, Xbox fans: Your current collection of Xbox 360 games will not work on Microsoft?s new Xbox One, and the company?s used games policy is very unclear. The company finally took the wraps off its next-generation video game console on Tuesday and while there was plenty of good news to be had, there were also some some troubling announcements. For one thing, it looks like used games are still a big question mark. Wired reports that Xbox One games are installed to the console?s hard drive from the disks, not played from disks. Once installed, the game?s serial number is tied to the user?s Xbox Live account during the registration process. If another Xbox Live account tries to install

Microsoft says used games will work on Xbox One

Date: Fri, 7. June 2013 18:40:17
NEW YORK (AP) ? Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One gaming console will be able to play used games, clearing up a worry among gamers and video game retailers such as GameStop, which trade in used games.

Telltale Bringing 'The Walking Dead' And 'The Wolf Among Us' To Xbox One And PS4

Date: Sat, 31. May 2014 11:27:00
Good news for new-gen console owners today as Telltale Games has announced that they'll be bringing The Walking Dead (both seasons) and The Wolf Among Us to Xbox One and PS4 later this year. The games have been successful as digital downloads, particularly on PC, but the news comes with images of the games being packaged in actual box copies as well. Once the two current seasons have wrapped, they'll be sold for both new and last gen consoles.

Game Over? Why Video-Game-Console Sales Are Plummeting

Date: Mon, 11. February 2013 13:00:17
At a quick glance, it looks like it could be “game over” for the video-game-console business. Sales of consoles in the U.S. dropped 21% in 2012 to just over $4 billion, and figures from the manufacturers of the three top systems were lackluster over the crucial holiday season.  When announcing its quarterly earnings last month, Microsoft said its Xbox-division revenue dropped 29%. At Sony, lower PlayStation 3 and PSP sales were responsible for a 15% drop in revenue for its video-game division. Nintendo?s next-gen console Wii U also failed to generate as much interest as originally predicted. Last month, the company said it had sold only about 3 million consoles and that it would sell a million more through March, a sharp drop from the 5.5 million it initially anticipated selling. There?s less demand for the physical games these days too. According to research company NPD Group, game sales fell from a little over $11 billion in 2011 to less than $9 billion last year. Retailer GameStop says sales of new video games over the holiday season dropped by about 5%, and sales of used games dropped by 16%. ?It’s tracking to be the worst quarter the company’s ever had in the used business,” Sean McGowan, an analyst with Needham & Co., told the Wall Street Journal. Analysts blame a lot of the slump on timing. ?It is a cyclical market,? says Lewis Ward, research manager of gaming at IDC. ?The usual lifespan is 10 to 12 years for a console, and we are in a trough right now.? (MORE: Why the Next Hit Video Game May Be Crowdfunded) But the Wii U?s underwhelming sales illustrate that even the market for new consoles will be challenging, leaving the industry pinning its hopes on Sony and Microsoft. Sony is expected to unveil the next version of the PlayStation as early as this month, according to the Wall Street Journal, and start selling it some time later this year. Microsoft is also supposed to introduce its new Xbox this year, and analysts say the

Microsoft will continue to support Xbox 360 for three more years

Date: Wed, 4. September 2013 22:15:55
Microsoft will release the Xbox One on November 22nd, but that doesn?t mean the Xbox 360 will stop getting support. In fact, Xbox CMO Yusuf Medhi said during the Citi Global Technology Conference that Microsoft is shipping more games than ever and the Xbox Live subscription service is still growing. Eurogamer reports that he even went so far as to call the console ?incredibly profitable? as it nears the last years of its life cycle. As proof of just how much time the Xbox 360 has left, Medhi claimed that over 100 new games will ship for the 8-year-old console. Microsoft expects multiplatform games to perform very well for buyers who have yet to make the jump to the next-generation

You might soon be able to test out hot new Xbox One and PS4 games before they release

Date: Tue, 15. July 2014 22:30:55
When Minecraft first went on sale, it wasn?t finished yet. In fact, it?s still not finished, but when the first Minecraft alpha release hit the Internet, a light went off. Five years later, early access games have become an indelible part of the PC gaming ecosystem, perhaps most notably with DayZ and Rust, and now console makers are looking for a way to bring unfinished games to the living room as well. Speaking with Gamasutra, PlayStation VP of Publisher and Developer Relations Adam Boyes says that putting a game out on the PS4 before it?s ready for a full release is ?one of the massive conversations we have internally? ?  at what point is a game ready to see the light

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