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Nintendo could merge handhelds and home consoles into single machine, Iwata admits

A single system combining both home and handheld consoles could be the future of Nintendo’s hardware business. That’s according to president Saturo Iwata. Although the exec admits that he’s not personally convinced by the idea, he does say in an investor Q&A that the company could pursue such a strategy …

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Grimes wants ‘an Xbox in every home’

Xbox UK’s new retail sales and marketing boss says the 360 has a lot more mileage left in it. In fact Jonathan Grimes tells MCV in an interview this week he won’t be happy until every household has an Xbox. There’s definitely a lot more to achieve,” he offered as …

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‘Handheld games consoles are doomed’

Gamesbrief analyst Nicholas Lovell believes dedicated handhelds are doomed and that PlayStation Home is the games sector’s ‘unsung hero’ in an entertaining and at times controversial speech at London Games Conference. In his talk he attempted to persuade the audience which company’s were going to survive the digital transition (or …

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PlayStation Home redesign goes live

Sony’s games-centric redesign of PS3 virtual world PlayStation Home has gone live today. The new look sees Home remodelled around four separate districts – Action, Sportswalk, Adventure and Indie Park, each of which launches with a selection of free-to-play games. Aside from the four hubs, Home’s central areas such as …

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Free FPS on the way for PlayStation Home

Discussing its upcoming shift of focus for PlayStation Home, the platform holder has demoed a couple of the new titles heading to the service. And Shack News reports that one of them – Bootleggers – is a free-to-play fist person shooter that lets gamers take direct control of their Home …

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PlayStation Home to become social games hub

It’s never had the credit it deserved for its success, but Sony has nonetheless decided to revisit its PlayStation Home concept with a brand new redesign. Having lost much of its user base to the rising online social games sector, Sony has said that it now intends to relaunch Home …

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Wii dominates the living room

More than half of US Wii owners keep their console in the living room. A recent survey by US research firm Nielsen shows that 59 per cent of Wii consoles are found in the lounge. Rival consoles PS3 and Xbox 360 follow close behind with 45 per cent and 42 …

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PlayStation Home hits 19m downloads

Sony has announced that the number of PS3 owners who have downloaded and booted up PlayStation Home at least once has reached 19m. Director of Home Jack Buser wouldn’t confirm how many users are actively using the service, however, though he did say that 1.6m people in North America played …

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PlayStation Home – 2 years on

Sony’s PlayStation Home is two years old. That’s a success in itself, but perhaps the service’s biggest accomplishment is how successfully it has overcome the initial cynicism and flourished into a money making business. "From a business point of view, virtual items and microtransactions… it just works," Home’s platform director …

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