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Japanese market flat for H1 2014; PS3 sales beating Wii U

An increase in hardware sales and a decrease in software has left the Japanese games market flat for the first half of 2014, according to Famitsu data. Hardware sales grew 6.4 per cent compared to the same period last year while software sales declined 3.8 per cent, leaving the overall …

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Core gamers are uncomfortable with change, EA’s Moore argues

The growth of gaming into new markets and new business models has left some of its core fans feeling uncomfortable. That’s according to EA COO Peter Moore, who has said that his company has chosen to embrace the change. "The growth of gaming… there’s a core that doesn’t quite feel …

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Sony confirms PlayStation’s move into Chinese market

PlayStation hopes to become the next big gaming brand in China after Sony’s confirmation of its move into the market. Sony Japan and China’s Shanghai Oriental Pearl Group have established a joint venture in the Shanghai free trade zone to manufacture and market PlayStation hardware in the region, Reuters reports. …

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UK pre-owned games market made more than £79m in 2013

Pre-owned game sales grew faster than new titles over Christmas, says data specialist Kantar Worldpanel. Sales of second-hand games were up 4.9 per cent over Q4, while the mint games market rose by just 1.2 per cent year-on-year. In total, more than 79m was generated from pre-owned game sales for …

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Console games market rushes to capitalise on £8bn Chinese goldmine

Publishers and platform holders no longer have to ignore one of the world’s biggest video games markets. China is open for business. Government officials have lifted the 14-year ban on consoles and production of the devices has begun in Shanghai’s free trade zone to be sold in China. In doing …

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Sony’s foray into VR is ‘a bad idea’, Pachter says

While there is some money to be made from virtual reality, Sony is wasting its time on the technology. That’s according to US analyst Michael Pachter, who has described the company’s recent reveal of Project Morpheus as a bad idea”. I think it’s a bad idea for multiple participants to …

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PS4 passes 400k sales in Japan, pips Vita in charts

PlayStation 4 is still the best-selling games console in Japan. Information supplied to MCV from Famitsu shows that the hardware’s install base now stands at 405,546 units strong three weeks since it launched. The hardware is so popular that most stores are now starting to run out of stock and …

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Japanese hardware market up 179.1% as PS4 arrives

The games console hardware market enjoyed a sharp year-on-year increase in Japan thanks to the launch of PS4, Famitsu has revealed. Data supplied to MCV shows that for February hardware sales were up 179.1 per cent year-on-year at 189.5m (1.11m). The software market climbed 113.8 per cent to 192.5m (1.12m). …

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Smartphone games account for 75% of app store spending

Google Play and iOS games accounted for 75 per cent of app store spending last year. It was a year of major growth for the smartphone sector as areport by IDC and App Annie foundconsumer spend on Google’s Android games store increased by over four times in Q4 2013 compared …

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Smartphone shipments grew 43% in 2013

Data from Futuresource Consulting Research has revealed tremendous growth in the smartphone market throughout 2013. The firm says that global smartphone shipments grew 43 per cent last year, hitting 1.02bn units. Tablet shipments, meanwhile, grew 57 per cent to 243m units, with 90m units being shipped in the quarter ending …

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