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Does The Xbox One Mini Exist?

September 1, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Does The Xbox One Mini Exist?

The rumor mill might have been a bit broken when it was announced that Microsoft was about to launch an Xbox-mini. The rumor claimed that Microsoft would be holding a launch event in October where people could expect the company to launch the Surface Pro 4, Lumia flagships and an “Xbox One Mini.” It was claimed that the X-box mini would be third the size of the current console and lack a Blu-Ray drive. However Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has now debunked this theory, stating that the... 

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Is Metal Gear Solid V Going To Be A Hit?

August 26, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is Metal Gear Solid V Going To Be A Hit?

If Hideo Kojima really is on the outs at Konami, he’s at least going out with a bang. The embargo for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain coverage hit last night, and the first batch of reviews are glowing. IGN’s Vince Ingenito gave the game a 10 out of 10, lavishing praise on the way it adapted the series’ stealth-action formula to an open-world environment. “Right from the moment you’re told to get on your horse and explore the Afghan countryside, Phantom Pain feels... 

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Rovio Seeks Resurgence, Growth In Asia With ‘Angry Birds 2′

August 21, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Gaming
Rovio Seeks Resurgence, Growth In Asia With ‘Angry Birds 2′

Finnish mobile gaming company Rovio Entertainment, popular for its high-flying “Angry Birds,” is hoping to rebound from a tough 2014 and to expand in Asia by tailoring its games to draw local consumers. After reporting a 73 percent drop in its 2014 earnings due to a decline in the licensing of the “Angry Birds” brand, and cutting about 110 jobs, Rovio is focusing on going local, the company’s chief commercial officer Alex Lambeek told Reuters this week. “(We have... 

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Is Microsoft Besting Sony In Video Game Software Space?

August 20, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is Microsoft Besting Sony In Video Game Software Space?

The validity of framing the console market as a ‘race’ or a ‘war’ is open to question, but there’s no doubt that it’s a lot more fun when you do. The notion that there is a hard, immovable line between winning and losing simply doesn’t make much sense from a business perspective, but it makes for lively debate and – from an entirely selfish perspective – good copy. For the first six months of this console generation that was certainly the case:... 

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Console Software Sales Strong And Growing

August 13, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Console Software Sales Strong And Growing

As the 7th console generation was coming to an end several years ago, there was much pessimism regarding the impending launch of the 8th generation. Just as 7th generation software sales were starting to lag, mobile gaming exploded, and PC gaming experienced a renaissance. It was easy to think that the console players were going to be going elsewhere to find their gaming entertainment by the time the new consoles hit the scene. However, the 8th generation consoles have had a successful launch. In... 

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Sony Finally On Solid Ground Thanks To The PS4

July 31, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Sony Finally On Solid Ground Thanks To The PS4

The PlayStation business has had another phenomenal quarter in the first four months of 2015, selling three million PS4 units and turning in an operating income of $160 million from revenues of $2.365 billion. There are now 25.3 million PlayStation 4 units in the hands of players worldwide – a number achieved in less than two full years. The console continues to be the company’s fastest seller – outpacing the PS2, which took two years and eight months to reach the 20 million mark.... 

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Does Steam Have A Security Issue?

July 28, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Does Steam Have A Security Issue?

A security problem with the Steam gaming on-demand system means that players and their personal details are at risk. It is possible that one day we will report on which companies made it through the night without being hacked or without exposing their users. For now, though, the opposite is the norm and today we are reporting about a problem with gaming system Steam that, you guessed it, has dangled the personal details of punters within the reach of ne’er-do-wells. The news is not coming out... 

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Nintendo Goes AMD

July 21, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Nintendo Goes AMD

The last of the console makers is ready to sign up to AMD chips, according to the latest rumor Some details are now coming to light on Nintendo’s upcoming NX console. The console will be in the shops in a year’s time, but we might know who’s building the NX’s chips. AMD will manufacture the CPU + GPU combo, giving the outfit total control of the console market. It was pretty much a no brainer. AMD created the APUs found inside the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.  Although it... 

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Can Cansoles Ever Crack The Chinese Market?

July 14, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Can Cansoles Ever Crack The Chinese Market?

The launch of Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One consoles in China hasn’t attracted much fanfare, perhaps because both firms were aware from the outset of what an uphill struggle this would be, and how much potential for disappointment there was if expectations were set too high. Last week saw the first stab at estimating figures, from market intelligence firm Niko Partners, who reckon that the two platforms combined will sell a little over half a million units this year; not bad,... 

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Is The Oculus Ready For Mainstream?

June 23, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is The Oculus Ready For Mainstream?

One of the emerging players in the industry is definitely Oculus Rift, a potential leader of the whole Virtual Reality niche. The Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3 is definitely a good place to show off new tech, and visitors get to see the multi-billion dollar gaming industry jewels at their best. A veritable who is who of the gaming and publishing industry is competing for visitors’ attention and some 50,000 people get to see some of the latest and greatest gaming achievements. Since Oculus... 

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Is It Game Over For The Playstation Vita?

June 23, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is It Game Over For The Playstation Vita?

Sony is denying that its PlayStation Vita is dead in the water, despite ignoring it during its E3 2015 presentation. Slim PlayStation Vita went on sale in February and was greeted by a loud sounding yawn by the hand-held game community. Since then we have heard very little about it, and like most of the world, including Sony, did not really care. PlayStation Europe boss Jim Ryan insisted to Gamespot that the system is still selling well and has “hundreds” of games in development. “We’re... 

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Google Launches ‘YouTube Gaming’

June 15, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Gaming
Google Launches ‘YouTube Gaming’

Google Inc said on Friday that it is unveiling a live streaming gaming service called “YouTube Gaming”, creating a rival to Amazon.com Inc’s  Twitch service. The service, to be available in the form of an app as well as a website, will focus exclusively on gamers and gaming. More than 25,000 games will each have their own page on the site, bringing videos and live streams about various titles together in a single space, Google said. Users will be able to add games to their collection... 

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Can Oculus Succeed At $599?

June 15, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Can Oculus Succeed At $599?

We were recently asked what we would want to see with the CV1 Oculus consumer version. Fudzilla tried every single developer’s version and we tried the last beta, codenamed Crescent Bay, at more than one action. Recently Nvidia had a bunch of demos that we got to experience last week at Computex in Taiwan. Crescent Bay is good, but we wanted a higher resolution per eye. Unfortunately, the Oculus Consumer version comes with the same OLED based 2160×1200 at 90Hz panel, split over dual displays.... 

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Digital Games On Consoles Growing Rapidly

June 12, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Digital Games On Consoles Growing Rapidly

By examining trends between the digital and physical ecosystem, EEDAR has found the digital space to be increasingly driving the future of new console game publishers. In recent years, the physical games market on consoles has been experiencing a consolidation of publishers and a downturn in the number of games released. From 2008 to 2014, the number of games released on the physical format across Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony consoles declined from 383 (in 2008) to 145 (in 2014). Conversely to the... 

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GameStop Acquires ThinkGeek

June 4, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
GameStop Acquires ThinkGeek

Last week it was reported how Geeknet Inc. was in the process of being bought out by retailer Hot Topic for $16 a share or $37 million in cash. However we have just discovered that deal was squashed because Thinkgeek got a better deal from Gamestop. GameStop offered $20 per share and Hot Topic wanted away. GameStop’s $20 per share deal also includes $37 million in cash and comes out to a total valuation of $140 million. Geeknet must pay Hot Topic a three percent “break-up fee,”... 

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