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More claims point to cheaper Xbox One SKU in 2014

New voices have added to the claims that Microsoft will this year release a cheaper version of the Xbox One. As part of a leak yesterday it was claimed that Microsoft is readying a $399 Xbox One that could ship without an optical disc drive. That represents a $100 saving …

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Dev warns that Steam sales "screw your fans"

With very exceptions, gamers are used to new titles launching at their highest price point and then gradually decreasing over time. But one developer has argued that the entire games pricing model needs revising, particularly when it comes to digital titles. A bargain rack for physical retail makes perfect sense …

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Sainsbury’s to cease online sales of games and consoles

Sainsbury’s is to stop selling physical entertainment products online in favour of an entirely on-demand model. The UK supermarket announced it is to halt sales of physical products across its Sainsbury’s Entertainment website from March 2014. As a result, Sainsbury’s will cease online sales of physical products including video games …

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Namco Bandai doesn’t want to discuss Ace Combat Infinity fees

Negativity towards the free-to-play model has led Namco Bandai to opt against discussing the payment structure it will use in free-to-play title Ace Combat Infinity. Kotaku last week claimed that the game would use ‘fuel’ as currency, asking players to either pay out for more to power their craft or …

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So Deep Silver went ahead and shipped the Dead Island Riptide Zombie Bait Edition regardless

We sincerely regret this choice.” Those were the words of a Deep Silver rep in January of this year following the backlash that greeted its unveiling of the Dead Island Riptide Zombie Bait Edition. For those who don’t remember, the SKU comes bundled with a bust of a dismembered female …

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Ed Fries: Platform holders must adapt to Apple’s business model

The next generation of consoles will struggle to prosper unless Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo adapt their way of business. That’s according to former Microsoft man, Xbox co-creator and Ouya board member Ed Fries, who reckons that the Apple model for games publishing is the new standard. It’s getting harder and …

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Iwata once again rejects new digital models

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata insists that his company will not publish games unfinished and requiring further purchases to enjoy in full. In announcing the Wii U’s digital distribution service, called the Nintendo Network, Iwata suggested it was inaccurate to compare the firm’s online policy to the ones used for social …

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5th Cell CEO: $60 boxed game model is broken

The boss of successful independent developer 5th Cell has in no uncertain terms said that the full-price boxed retail model is no longer fit for purpose in the modern games industry. The $60 boxed game is a broken model,” CEO and creative director Jeremiah Slaczka told GameInformer. It was always …

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Limbo dev: The retail model is broken

The boss of developer Playdead has said the boxed games model has always been and still is broken”. Dino Patti, the co-founder of the studio that developed downloadable hit Limbo, told Eurogamer at the GameCity6 festival that he wants format holders to embrace the download space even more”. "The retail …

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OPINION: The OnLive Revolution?

Today is an important day that I have no doubt represents a true change to how we consume games. It’s hard to escape the conclusion that the rise of cloud computing will, in the fullness of time, come to dominate our digital lives. Browsing, working, playing – the cloud is …

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