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Xbox hardware revenue down 29% after fall in Q4 sales

Microsoft has released its Q4 earnings report for FY17, and its gaming revenue has increased three per cent year-on-year to hit $1.6bn, driven largely by Xbox software sales and services. This figure may well have been higher, however, were it not partly offset by a decline in Xbox hardware revenue. …

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Ubisoft: ‘Watch Dogs 2 will certainly fill Assassin’s Creed’s shoes’

2016’s release slate may be missing a new Assassin’s Creed title, but publisher Ubisoft insists that Watch Dogs 2 can fill the gap. Speaking to MCV, UK sales director Darren Bowen said that the cyberpunk hacking title is up to the task of replacing Assassin’s Creed in its end of …

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Margin Makers: Guide to Q4 line-up merchandise

There’s a lot to be excited about during the last quarter of 2016. As well as a wealth of new hardware, including virtual reality headsets, slim versions of existing consoles and a more powerful PlayStation 4, there’s a rather diverse line-up of blockbusters coming to shelves in the coming months. …

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UK games retail banks on blockbusters as sales stumble

Call of Duty, Fallout and Star Wars Battlefront must deliver if UK games retail is to turn around a difficult 2015. According to GfK Chart-Track data, physical UK game sales are down 8.5 per cent so far this year. October was a particular disappointment, with sales slumping 24 per cent …

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MCV’s 12 Games of Christmas supplement returns next month

If you want to know how to maximise your opportunity at retail this Q4, MCV’s 12 Games of Christmas has the answer. Returning after a successful debut last year, the 12 Games of Christmas supplement will be published alongside the November 13th issue of MCV and available via the website. …

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What are the biggest accessories of Christmas 2015?

2015’s Q4 looks to be one of the biggest in years for retailers, as a packed release schedule drives up sales. But it’s not just about software: accessories are also set for a Christmas to remember. MCV asks experts in the sector what UK stores should keep an eye out …

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The perfect Storm: why you shouldn’t pass over this year’s Naruto game

When you peruse the list of games coming out this year, it’s fair to say that a title based on a Japanese comic series probably isn’t the first thing you jump to. Launching in the same Autumn period as FIFA, Pro Evo, Skylanders, LEGO Dimensions, Metal Gear Solid, Forza, Mad …

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UK games industry splashes £107m on marketing this Christmas

The UK games industry is spending a huge 107m on marketing this Q4. It’s a drop on last year’s 128m, but that figure was skewed by the launch of three new consoles: Xbox One, PS4 and 2DS. The better comparison will be with 2012’s figure of 99m. The vast majority …

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MCV’s Q4 2014 accessories guide

MCV takes a look at some of the accessories and peripherals making their way to retail this Q4 PS4 DualShock 4 Rechargable Battery Pack The Rechargeable Battery Pack is an officially licensed product designed for use with the PS4. The pack fits to the DualShock 4 wireless controller and provides …

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What accessories will consumers be looking for this Christmas?

Christmas is three months away, and retailers need to be prepared for the influx of consumers looking for accessories and peripherals. But what will gamers be searching for on store shelves this year? In years gone by, motion controllers and cameras were top sellers (See ‘Christmases Past’). But today it’s …

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