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Only PlayStation VR can be a mainstream hit, analyst claims

Of the three big players entering the VR fold this year, only one has a chance of being a mainstream hit. That’s according to DFC, which claims that the PS4 accessory will not only be the only successful VR player arriving this year, but also that it could propel the …

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Analyst expects Sony ‘to utterly dominate the rest of the console cycle’

The announcement of a 350 RRP for PlayStation VR could mark the game over point in the next-gen console battle. That’s according to Macquarie Securities analyst Ben Schachter, who told VG247 that without a significant intervention from Microsoft, PS4 could now run away with the market. A big open question …

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2016 launch for Nintendo NX ‘a mistake under any scenario’

Analyst DFC has warned Nintendo about what it perceives as the danger of launching the NX console in 2016. The platform holder has announced nothing beyond the name of its next machine. The specs, price and release date remain a mystery. What we do know is that Nintendo will reveal …

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Pachter: Nintendo NX is ‘doomed’ without third-party backing

Games industry analyst Michael Pachter has said that third-party support is vital to the success of Nintendo’s next home console. Writing in a column published by SIFTD (and then reported by Nintendo Insider), the Wedbush analyst said that the NX would be ‘doomed’ from the off if it fails to …

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Pachter: ‘King deal is a refreshing move by Activision’

Games industry analyst Michael Pachter has praised Activison Blizzard’s purchase of King as a solid strategy for breaking into the mobile market. The major acquisition was revealed earlier today, and will finalise in Spring of next year. The deal is a good one if you believe that King has a …

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IHS: Activision-King deal provides short-term boost, less beneficial in the long run

Market analyst IHS Technology has questioned the long-term benefits of Activision Blizzard’s acquisition of Candy Crush firm King. The Call of Duty, Warcraft and Destiny publisher announced its plans to purchase the mobile giant for $5.9 billion earlier today. IHS director and head of gamesPiers Harding-Rollssuggested that the move was …

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Two thirds of console games are digital-only

A new report has seemingly confirmed a long-running assumption of the industry – boxed games are on the way out. The latest GamePulse report from research outlet EEDAR estimates that the number of physical titles released for Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo’s machines has more than halved over the last six …

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Gaming hardware market worth $67bn last year – JPR

The overall gaming hardware market reached $67bn in 2014, according to new data presented by analyst Jon Peddie Research. Games Industry reports on JPR’s presentation, which claimed PC accounted for 33 per cent of the market, smartphones came in at 23 per cent, consoles and handhelds brought in 16 per …

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NPD totals hurt by significant PS4, Xbox One digital game sales – analyst

PS4 and Xbox One digital purchases account for up to 25 per cent of total game sales and NPD’s monthly reports have become muddied because of it, according to Cowen and Company analyst Doug Creutz. Venture Beat reports on a recent explanation by Creutz to investors, specifically in regards to …

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Analyst doesn’t expect Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare to match Ghosts sales

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare could sell up to 15 per cent fewer copies than its predecessor Call of Duty: Ghosts, one analyst has predicted. That would equate to around 17m sales in calendar Q4. Cinemablend reports that Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia believes that gamers might be sceptical of …

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