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Q1 Blu-ray up 69% year-on-year

Surging sales of high-definition Blu-ray discs have seen the value of the UK home video market surge by 10 per cent year-on-year for the first quarter of 2010. March growth is up by 31 per cent year-on-year. In the period Blu-ray sales hit 2.7m units, a 69 per cent annual …

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Blu-ray capacity upped to 128GB

A new set of specifications outlined by The Blu-ray Disc Association has paved the way for the standard capacity of discs to reach as much as 128GB. However, unlike the recent spec boost that saw standard disc capacity upped to 33.4GB, the new disc standard will not be compatible with …

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Games got cheaper in 2009

The average sale price of a video game in the UK fell last year compared to 2008, new data from the ERA shows. The overall average price of a game in 2009 was 21.34, down from 22.99 in 2008. In addition, supermarkets may be the largest growing games retailers in …

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3DS sends Nintendo stock soaring

The announcement of the 3DS has had a very positive effect on Nintendo’s stock, with the company’s decision to turn to 3D technology – which is one of hottest sectors in modern consumer electronics – seemingly sparking the interest of investors. Nintendo’s share price shot up by nine per cent …

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Icahn increases Take-Two stake

Having moved to acquire just over 12 per cent of publisher Take-Two in January, American billionaire Carl Icahn has increased his stake in the firm. The entrepreneur snapped up a further 700k+ shares overnight, taking his total stake to 13.7 per cent. Icahn’s grip on Take-Two was demonstrated earlier in …

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Sales boom puts EA back on top

It’s been a bumper 2010 so far for EA, thanks to a 3.6 per cent year-on-year rise in sell through for the publisher. The latest numbers from ELSPA GfK Chart-Track show EA claim 19.1 per cent of the year-to-date UK software market, driven in no small part by a highly …

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Games RRP increase on the cards?

Gamers could face an unwelcome price hike at some stage this year as the price of procuring polycarbonate – a key material in the disc manufacturing process – continues to rise. DigiTimes reports that wholesale prices remained static throughout 2009 despite the increasing manufacturing costs, However, should the price of …

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Steam membership jumps 25% in 09

Valve’s popular digital distribution network Steam now has over 25m members, the Half-Life 2 and Left 4 Dead developer and thriving distribution platform owner has revealed. Member numbers surged 25 per cent in 2009. Of the registered members, 10m are described as having profiles in the Steam Community. The peak …

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New IP grows market share

The importance of new IP in the video games market has, contrary to popular opinion, grown over the current generation of machines according to a new report from analyst firm EEDAR. Between 2006 and 2009 the market share commanded by new franchises grew from 16 per cent to 22 per …

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Trade faces ‘premium’ DSi XL price

The DSi XL will carry a slightly higher trade price than its predecessor DSi, MCV understands. There will be a slight premium on the Nintendo DSi XL trade price to retailers compared to the Nintendo DSi,” a Nintendo spokesperson told MCV on confirming that the device is to launch in …

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