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A brand new ‘Vision for the future

This development process has already begun to bear fruit – we have seen fantastic results with Spider-Man 3, to the extent our market share rivalled that of EA in May, according to ChartTrack data for the UK. The success of the movie helps of course, but we feel the level …

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Iwata: Wii can outsell PS2

President of Nintendo Satoru Iwata has predicted that sales of Wii could end up eclipsing those of PlayStation 2. Iwata said that the wide appeal of the console gave it a chance to catch PS2 – which has shipped over 120 million units to date. "Sony’s PS2 sales of 100 …

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Now SCEA denies 60GB PS3 phase-out

SCEA has ruled out any suggestion of it phasing out the 60GB model of the PS3 in North America. The news comes after a SCEE spokesperson appeared to suggest that stocks of the lower-end system would dry up by the holiday season” earlier today – leaving the more expensive 80GB …

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Watch E3 on Bravo this weekend

A special edition of Gamer TV featuring highlights of E3 airs on UK cable and satellite channel Bravo this weekend. Included in the programme is analysis and reaction to the Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft press conferences, plus some of the more embarrassing moments of this year’s event. The programme airs: …

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News analysis:

The changing of the guard at the Department of Culture Media and Sport has left some members of the development community anxious, having been used to the previous crop’s vocal recognition and support of the games industry – the extent of which would have seemed unlikely as little as five …

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Future reveals strong first CVG reader figures

Future has announced its first ABC Electronic figure for the Computer and Video Games Network, with the site attracting some 1.6m unique users visiting the site during May. With an exact unique user figure of 1,560,247, CVG also generated 11,472,341 page impressions from May 1st to 31st. These are encouraging …

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Sony to take 60GB PS3 off US shelves?

It looks as though Sony Computer Entertainment America is to ‘phase out’ the 60GB PS3 – and plans to leave the 80GB version as the only SKU available to consumers at Christmas. A SCEE spokesperson told next-gen.biz in an email that the US will have ‘only one SKU going into …

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E3 2007: HD-DVD will be dead in months, says Sony exec

SCEA’s VP of marketing Peter Dille has predicted that HD-DVD will be obsolete in a matter of months”, and attacked the build of Microsoft’s Xbox 360 – following an admission by the Seattle firm that it had seen an ‘unacceptable’ number of faulty machines. Dille also condemned his rival’s history …

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E3 2007: Guitar Heroes to take on GunsNRoses legend

Velvet Revolver star Slash has agreed to be an in-game end-of-level boss in Activision’s Guitar Hero III. The former Guns’N’Roses axeman has lent his likeness to the game – as well as penning and performing the title music. According to Reuters, the news was revealed at Activision’s E3 media briefing …

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Could E3 switch to Vegas?

Xbox boss Peter Moore has given the new E3 a cautious thumbs up, but questioned whether or not the invitation list was right – whilst global marketing vice president Jeff Bell has suggested that the show may need to quit LA. Moore told MCV: Things got nuts last year. We …

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