Tag Archives: hardware

FEATURE: The longer console lifecycle

Last year, Microsoft’s game software boss Phil Spencer offered a telling quote about the direction of the games industry to MCV. It wasn’t about motion controllers or new online services – it was about the market forces that are allowing those things to appear: Do we need a new console? …

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US: Sony warns of PS3 shortages

Such is the momentum driving Sony’s PS3 onwards and upwards right now that SCEA has warned consumers that retail may face shortages of the in-demand console over the coming weeks. We’re working very hard with our retail partners to meet consumer interest, but the demand is tremendously high for the …

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Activision: Console sales to grow 18% in 2010

Activision expects the console installed-base in US and Europe to grow 18 per cent in 2010 to 265 million units. The firm revealed that hardware sales leapt 37 per cent last year to 218 million consoles sold. The announcement was made by Activision’s publishing president and CEO Mike Griffith during …

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Riccitiello: Price cuts were too late

John Riccitiello has accused the major console platform holders of taking too long to cut the pieces of their consoles last year as the industry fought to cope worldwide economic challenges. In 2009 there was a lack of aggressive first party pricing – [they were] a little bit too late …

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Miyamoto confirms new Nintendo hardware

The Wii HD, Wii 2, DS2, the return of the Game Boy, perhaps a new Virtual Boy (or perhaps not) – the possibilities are numerous, but we now know for a fact that Nintendo IS working on new hardware. The news comes from none other than acclaimed Nintendo games designer …

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JAPAN: Strong debut for Dragon Quest VI

Square Enix’s cherished RPG series Dragon Quest has once again lived up to the hefty expectations placed upon it in the publisher’s homeland with news that Dragon Quest VI sold nearly 1m copies on its first week of release. The title is actually a remake of the mid ‘90s SNES …

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PS3 sales reach 33.5m

The long-term aim of surpassing Xbox 360 to cement second place in hardware race looks one step closer for Sony this morning with news that PS3 unit sales have now hit 33.5m worldwide. The most recent figures from Microsoft say that Xbox 360 has sold 39m units globally. It was …

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Wii and DS sales revealed

The Nintendo Wii has now sold 67m units since it first went on sale in late 2006, the platform holder has revealed. As for the DS, its many guises have shifted have sold a total of 125m units since it first launched in late 2004. The company has also published …

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NPD: Breakthrough year for 360

Platform holder Microsoft has hailed what it describes as a breakthrough year” for Xbox 360 in North America through 2009. $4.8bn was spent on Xbox 360 hardware throughout the year with $1.1bn spent coming from December’s sales. Software sales value for the year hit $2.7m. Microsoft went on to claim …

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NPD: Hardware sales records tumble

After what may well be looked upon as a troubled year by its own standards, Nintendo has emerged from 2009 buoyant thanks to news of record-breaking performances from the Wii and DS in North America. In December alone Wii sold an astonishing 3.8m units – just 400k short of the …

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