Consoles

New DS coming this year, says report

Nintendo will release a new model of its DS handheld later this year that can take pictures and play music. That’s according to a report in the Japanese business daily Nikkei (via Reuters), which says the system will also be equipped with advanced wireless communications functions. The price for the …

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Biggest ever Xbox spend announced

Microsoft’s Xbox 360 is getting a massive casual games marketing push in the US – just days after the company revealed to MCV that it would be spending tens of millions on widespread marketing for the console in the UK. For the full story, visit MCV sister site CasualGaming.biz

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Microsoft: 360 is Japans best option

Xbox Japan boss Takashi Sensui has called Xbox 360 the best option” for Japanese consumers, despite the system’s minute installed base in the territory. Sensui said that the release of upcoming major RPGs would help the 360 to continue its renaissance in the region – which saw its weekly sales …

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UK Xbox 360 sales up 32%

Xbox 360 sales rocketed up 32 per cent over the weekend, official UK retail monitor GFK-ChartTrack has confirmed to MCV. The console outsold the PS3, which saw an eight per cent drop in its sales compared to the previous weekend. MCV broke the news last night that Xbox 360 had …

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New Rock Band rival emerges

Toy manufacturer Tomy is to go head to head with Rock Band and Guitar Hero this Christmas – with an infra-red ‘air guitar’. The Guitar Rock Star has the same head and neck of a guitar, but contains laser technology to allow users to play along with eight pre-recorded songs. …

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Xbox spending tens of millions on Xmas

Senior regional director of Microsoft UK Neil Thompson has told MCV that the recent price cuts are the opening gambit in a peak season which will see tens of millions” spent on marketing the Xbox brand. Microsoft undercut market leader Wii in the battle for the gaming pound this week …

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Microsoft confirms GTAIV DLC this autumn

As part of its press statement confirming the previously rumoured but now confirmed price cuts for its range of Xbox 360 SKUs in the UK, Microsoft has also seemingly nailed down a pre-Christmas arrival for its exclusive Grand Theft Auto IV downloadable content. A snippet from the statement reads: Continuing …

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Nintendo tops profit per capita table

Nintendo makes more profits per employee than both investment bank Goldman Sachs and Google, according to survey put together by the Financial Times. Each of the 3,000 staff at Nintendo – most of which work in games development or R&D – will produce $1.6m in profile this year.For the full …

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New UK 360 price cuts on the way

It looks as though there’s going to be another wave of Xbox 360 price cuts in time for Christmas in the UK – at Woolworths, at least. According to a leaked scan of the new Woolworths magazine by a cheeky employee, the Xbox 360 Arcade will be put on sale …

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US: 360 tops PS3 in August hardware sales

Microsoft’s Xbox 360 has edged out Sony’s PS3 in the US during August, shifting 195,400 units compared to its rival 185,200 PS3s. However, both platforms were eclipsed by the DS (518,300 units), Wii (453,000) and Sony’s PSP (253,000). "The PSP and PS3 systems achieved the greatest percentage gain of all …

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