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US games market made $30.4bn in 2016, console and PC market revenue falls 12%

The American games market is on the rise, with consumer spending increasing by $200m in 2016. That’s according to a report from US games trade body the ESA and market tracker NPD, which says the nation’s games industry generated $30.4bn in 2016. 2015’s figure was $30.2bn. That includes revenue from hardware, software, …

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US games revenue slumped 15 per cent in December

The American games market saw year-on-year decline in December. According to research from US market trackers NPD, $2.78bn was made from hardware, physical and digital software, PC and accessories, a dip of 15 per cent on December 2015. The biggest decline game from games hardware, which saw a 20 per …

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EXCLUSIVE: Would the games industry rather fight 1 horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses?

As readers of MCV magazine will know, last month saw the introduction of a brand new section in which we ask THE burning question at the heart of the games industry. That question is this: Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses? We didn’t want you …

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OPINION: Invincible mode in Star Fox Zero? Great, bring it on

Developer Shigeru Miyamoto has revealed that upcoming Wii U shooter Star Fox Zero will include the option for players to pilot an invincible Arwing. The idea, Miyamoto explained, is to give less experienced, and typically younger players, an easier in-road into the game. The traditional play modes will remain for …

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Sony enables more PS4 features as post-launch PSN recovery continues

Two more of PS4’s PSN features have been reactivated by Sony. The platform holder announced last week that a number of features were to be temporarily shut down in an effort to keep PSN up and running amidst the launch rush that accompanied its UK and European release on Friday. …

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300MB day one patch needed to activate key PS4 features

A host of functionality for Sony’s PS4 will only be available to users once they have downloaded a 300MB patch. Amongst the features that will be locked until the patch is installed are Remote Play, gameplay sharing and broadcasting, multiple user login, voice commands, online multiplayer and even DVD and …

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Samsung Galaxy S4 revealed, dated for next month

The handset that could potentially deliver a savage blow to Apple’s smartphone aspirations has been unveiled by Samsung. The Galaxy S4 is an impressive beast, with specs that put iPhone 5 to shame and are likely to force Apple away from its typical incremental upgrade strategy and towards the unveiling …

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PES 2014 is ready and waiting for next-generation consoles

The problem is, it took us too long to admit we were going wrong.” That’s the admission of an unnamed member of Konami’s PES team in this month’s edition of Edge magazine, in which the publisher’s revamped and remotivated football studio has outlined the sweeping changes that will be introduced …

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Lots of online functionality missing from Ouya at launch

Ouya consoles will be shipped out to Kickstarter backers later this month, but key online functions will not be enabled until the end of the year. The Verge reports that online chat, friends lists and achievements won’t be ready, even for the retail release in June. The site had originally …

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Tiger Woods 14 introduces Ladies Tour for the first time

Five female golfers from the Ladies Professional Golf Association are set to star alongside Tiger Woods in EA’s annual golf game for the first time. 2012 Rolex Player of the Year Stacy Lewis leads the roster, while players will be free to create their own female golfers and compete in …

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