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PC gaming hardware worth $21.5bn – twice that of console market

PC gaming hardware is now worth over $21.5 billion (12.6bn) globally – over double the value of the console gaming market. Analyst Jon Peddie Research (JPR) said in its PC Gaming Hardware Market report that personal computers, upgrades, and peripherals used for gaming were continuing to remain strong and healthy, …

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Dropping Kinect will push Xbox One ahead of PS4 in US – analyst

Microsoft decision to slash the price of Xbox One by dropping Kinect could propel the console to the front of the American next-gen race. IDC had previously predicted that Xbox One would take the lead in the territory by 2016 but now the firm reckons this will happen in 2015 …

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Analyst tips Xbox One to win launch window next-gen sales race

Baird Research analyst Colin Sebastian has predicted that Xbox One will enjoy slightly higher launch window unit sales than its rival PS4. Part of his reasoning is the fact that eBay listings for Xbox One are currently attracting mark-ups in the region of 60 per cent, while PS4 mark-ups are …

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Analyst: GameStop’s Wii U sales were "below expectations"

Sales of Wii U hardware and software failed to meet expectations at leading US games retailer GameStop, an analyst has claimed. Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia claimed that the disappointment was despite an abundance” of stock, GameSpot reports. Software attach rates are also said to be low. Bhatia adds that …

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EA is well positioned for next-gen success, analysts believe

The management team at EA has convinced analysts that the publisher is well positioned to thrive in the next-gen games market. That isn’t enough to prevent the current financial year being a challenging one, Baird Equity Research’s Colin Sebastian warns, but it bodes well for life beyond the current generation …

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Analyst predicts iPad mini launch this October

Apple with this October launch an iPad Mini to rival Google’s new Nexus 7, a US analyst has predicted. The new device, Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves told CNet, will boast a 7.85 inch screen, carry 8GB of internal storage and retail for $299. Hargreaves predicts sales of 10m in …

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Diablo III projected to sell 3.5 million units in 2012

With Diablo III launching later this month, analysts have begun weighing in on what the commercial reception will amount to in terms of units sold. Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia (via GI.biz) estimates the game will sell 3.5m copies in 2012 alone, and will end up moving around or beyond …

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Analyst predicts sales struggle for Prototype 2

Ahead of its release next week, analyst firm Cowen and Company has predicted that Activision’s Prototype 2 will struggle at retail. Gamasutra reports that that game is likely to see a soft performance" upon release, citing that fact that it has failed to break into Amazon’s Top 100 on either …

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Pachter dismisses PS4 used games block

Wedbush Morgan’s Michael Pachter does not believe PlayStation 4 will prevent users from playing pre-owned games. Rumours spread this morning that the next Sony console– reportedly named Orbis – will include anti pre-owned technology to block second hand titles. Reports earlier this year claimed the next Xbox will feature similar …

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Analyst: Diablo 3 will sell 5 million in year one

On the heels of the Diablo III release date announcement, Cowen & Company analyst Doug Creutz has come out to predict the game will sell five million units in its first year of availability. "Our street-high FY12 EPS estimate of $1.05 assumes first year unit sell-through of 5MM for Diablo …

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