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Pachter: ‘King deal is a refreshing move by Activision’

Games industry analyst Michael Pachter has praised Activison Blizzard’s purchase of King as a solid strategy for breaking into the mobile market. The major acquisition was revealed earlier today, and will finalise in Spring of next year. The deal is a good one if you believe that King has a …

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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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Titanfall delay about boosting FY 15 earnings, analyst claims

EA’s decision to delay the Xbox 360 version of Titanfall has got nothing to do with development polish, according to one US analyst. The SKU was yesterday delayed by two weeks, with EA saying that the move "[gives developer Bluepoint] the time they need to put the finishing touches on …

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Analyst labels PlayStation Now ‘a joke’

Sony’s upcoming streaming games service PlayStation Now is a joke” according to outspoken US analyst Michael Pachter. The problem, he argues, is that publishers will be unwilling to licence their content for fear of adversely affecting their software’s ongoing sales. "PlayStation Now is a joke," he told Game Informer, as …

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Pachter: Disc-less Xbox One would be ‘dumb dumb dumb’

Rumours of a possible release for a disc-less Xbox One are unlikely to be true, a US analyst has claimed. Claims that such a device is in active testing at Microsoft appeared online yesterday. However, Michael Pachter has said he finds it hard to believe such a machine actually exists. …

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Publishers demanding console price cuts next month – report

Sony and Microsoft will cut the price of PS3 and Xbox 360 next month, a US analyst has claimed. Speaking in the latest episode of Bonus Round (as transcribed by DualShockers) Michael Pachter claims that publishers will threaten to pull support for the machines unless there is a price cut. …

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Pachter calls for Nintendo to go third party

Nintendo needs to bring its rich slate of IP to rival platforms, US analyst Michael Pachter has said. The call to go third party comes following today’s significant sales forecast revisions from the platform holder and the insistence from president Saturo Iwata that he will not resign. The Wii U …

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Microsoft could reduce Xbox One price "faster than forecasted"

The Xbox One could see a reduction in RRP earlier than previously anticipated, according to one US analyst. "We think ‘winning’ is important to both companies," Wedbush Morgan’s Michael Pachter told investors. "It is possible that Microsoft will reduce Xbox One pricing far faster than we have forecasted. Should hardware …

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"The reason Sony beats Microsoft is solely the price", Pachter believes

PS4’s early advantage over Xbox One is purely because it retails for 80 less. That’s according to Michael Pachter, who has downplayed the importance of PS4’s technical advantage or any of the controversy that has dogged Microsoft since E3. "The reason Sony beats Microsoft is solely the price," Wedbush Securities …

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Pachter: "I don’t know why Iwata is still employed"

Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter has stepped up his media onslaught on Nintendo by saying that president Satoru Iwata should be sacked. "I don’t know why Iwata is still employed," Pachter told the Game Monetization USA Summit in San Francisco, GamesIndustry reports, adding that the Wii U’s commercial performance has …

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