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Nintendo can't seem to catch a break. The game hardware and software maker reported 74.7 billion yen (~$730.5 million) in revenue during the three-month period ended June 2014, down 8.4 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago. And despite tripling Wii U console sales during the quarter, Nintendo ended up with a 9.9 billion yen (~$97 million) loss compared to an 8.6 billion yen (~$84 million) profit in the same quarter last year. Even though Nintendo sold 510,000 Wii U consoles during the April-June quarter compared to just 160,000 unit sales in the same quarter a year ago, the Wii U hasn't... Read more...
AMD reported its second quarter results today, and the stock market is anything but happy with the numbers -- in the past hour, the stock has shed more than 18% of its value, plunging from $4.57 to $3.86 as of this writing. Given the size of the plunge, you'd think the company had just announced its own imminent collapse. In reality, the company had a reasonably good second quarter -- total revenue rose 24% year-on-year, to $1.4B (up from $1.16B). Shifting Revenues Part of what the market seems to be reacting to is the continued decline of AMD's APU business. Sunnyvale's Computing Solutions revenue... Read more...
It’s been a rough summer for Nintendo. First, Sony’s console sales exceeded Nintendo’s, breaking a decade-long winning streak, and then Philips won an important patent infringement case against Nintendo related to its Wii U controllers. Now, Nintendo is facing a new competitor in a segment of the game console market that Nintendo has traditionally dominated: games for kids. The challenger is LeapFrog, which announced its new LeapTV console today. LeapFrog's new LeapTV console, geared towards kids ages 3 to 8. It has a motion camera for active games. LeapFrog has been making LeapPad... Read more...
The Xbox One experience is about to get even better, especially if you're heavy into Achievements. Microsoft's Major Nelson revealed at E3 that his company is getting ready to roll out an update for its next generation console in July, though some folks will receive the update over the course of the next few days. What can you expect? For one, a new Snap Mode for Achievements. This is essentially a much easier way to track and view your Achievements, as you can view your progress in real-time without having to leave whatever game you're playing. The Achievements are sorted by level of progress,... Read more...
Score a victory for Sony, which managed to secure for PlayStation 4 gamers first access to Bungie's much anticipated shooter Destiny during the alpha phase beginning this Thursday, June 13 (the last day of E3), and lasting throughout the weekend. And if that wasn't a pleasant enough surprise for PS4 gamers -- at least for those who didn't already know -- they'll also get first crack at the multiplayer beta beginning July 17. According to Sony President and Group CEO Andrew House, "Destiny isn't just first on PlayStation, it's better." House is referring to exclusive content for the PS4 release,... Read more...
Simply put, Sony is kicking tail in the console market these days, thanks in large part to strong demand for its PlayStation 4 console. Sales of the PS4 have not only consistently outpaced rival Microsoft's Xbox One, the other major console that launched in November of last year, but have also helped Sony skip past Nintendo for the first time in eight long years. News of the feat has just started making the rounds after being noticed by Japanese language news site Nikkei, which took to comparing separately announced sales figures from both companies. Those figures tell an interesting story -- 18.7... Read more...
Games aren't getting any smaller these days, and though Microsoft gives gamers 500GB of internal storage to play with on the Xbox One console, you might find that you're filling it up faster than you thought you would. What's a hardcore gamer to do? Hang tight -- it would appear that Microsoft is getting ready to support external storage options in the near future. A known Xbox One developer who goes by the handle "XboxOneDev" on Reddit posted a picture of the Xbox One user interface that shows 589.9GB of free space remaining, with 29.4 percent being used. If completely empty, that would equate... Read more...
Microsoft is finally going to give gamers what they've wanted since the Xbox One launched -- a cheaper version that doesn't come bundled with a motion controlled Kinect sensor. Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, made the announcement in a blog post today, saying Microsoft will begin selling a Kinect-free Xbox One console for $399 beginning June 9, 2014, in all markets where the console is currently sold. This is a huge deal, not the least of which is because Microsoft has been so reluctant to separate its Kinect from the overall Xbox experience. However, by forcing the bundle on consumers, Microsoft essentially... Read more...
Microsoft is gearing up for a historic Xbox One console launch in China a little bit later this year. In partnership with BesTV New Media Co., a subsidiary of Shanghai Media Group, Microsoft will release its popular game system to an eager gaming audience that sits at over half a billion large in China this September. What makes this event so significant is China's long-held ban on game consoles that spanned the past 14 years. Earlier this year, China announced it would temporarily lift the ban on foreign consoles, thereby providing an opening for Microsoft (Xbox One), Sony (PlayStation 4) and... Read more...
By today's standards, Nintendo's original Game Boy is an ancient, outdated piece of technology. It had a simple D-pad with A and B buttons, along with Start and Select, a tiny dot matrix display, and a fugly color scheme. However, the 25-year-old handheld deserves mad respect from gamers and fans of  technology in general. Nintendo launched its Game Boy to retail on April 21, 1989, and back then, all those traits we listed above were pretty cutting edge for a mobile device. For its time, it offered gaming-on-the-go that didn't suck, unlike those faux handhelds at Toys R Us that were little... Read more...
As of a month or so ago, Microsoft had sold around 4 million Xbox One consoles globally. Sony's PlayStation 4, which launched right around the same time pre-Christmas last year, has gone on to sell over 6 million units. Announced today, Sony has said that it's latest and greatest console/home entertainment unit has sold 6 million units globally, with software sales nearing the 14 million mark. To be frank, those are impressive numbers for both companies, but Sony's decision to undercut the Xbox One by $100 seems to have helped out in the ever-present race to outsell the other. It's a stark change... Read more...
Sony is on fire with its PlayStation 4 console blazing a trail in the next generation console wars. Having racked up 5.3 million PS4 sales up through February 8, 2014, Sony already surpassed its goal of selling 5 million units by the end of March, and that was before launching in Japan. Having now unleashed the PS4 in Japan earlier this week, Sony can add another several hundred-thousand unit sales to its tally. According to Famitsu, a Japanese language gaming magazine and website, Sony sold 322,083 PS4 consoles in Japan during its first two days of availability. To put that figure into perspective,... Read more...
You knew it was only a matter of time before Microsoft started offering Xbox One game bundles, and that time has come. Starting now, you can pre-order an Xbox One console with a Titanfall digital download included in the package for $500. Technically speaking, that's not a price cut, but it is one heck of a value-add and might be just what Microsoft needs to bring more gamers to the fold. Microsoft and Sony have had a few months to duke it out in the next-generation console wars, and so far, the PlayStation 4 is winning, at least in terms of units sold. Sony announced last week that it's sold 5.3... Read more...
No one would hold a grudge against Sony if it decided to bust out the bubbly today in celebration of selling more than 5.3 million PlayStation 4 consoles around the world. That figure, which includes sales up through February 8, 2014, not only puts Sony firmly ahead of Microsoft, it also tops the company's full-year target a month ahead of schedule, and a week ahead of the PS4's launch in Japan. Sony previously set a goal of selling 5 million PS4 consoles by the end of March, and that was taking into account sales in Japan. However, the PS4 won't launch in Japan until this weekend, yet sales still... Read more...
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