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Xbox One sales double, one month after $100 price cut

Offering up a cheaper Xbox One is helping Microsoft sell quite a bit more consoles. The company announced today that since it began selling a $399 version of the Xbox One without the Kinect sensor on June 9 — a $100 price cut from the Xbox One with Kinect — sales doubled in one month. We’ll have more… Read More

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‘Dragons Adventure’ game for Windows blends real world and fantasy maps, for kids to play in moving car

Playing a game on a phone or tablet on the couch is one thing, but a new game for Windows Phone and Windows tablets shows what can happen when a moving vehicle and real-world location are part of the mix. The game, “Dragons Adventure: World Explorer,” is based on the “How to Train Your Dragon?” series, published by DreamWorks in partnership… Read More

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Microsoft acquires SyntaxTree, boosting support for Unity game engine

Microsoft has acquired SyntaxTree, the developer of the UnityVS plugin for Visual Studio. The UnityVS tool allows game creators to use Microsoft’s development environment to write, browse and debug code for their games that are powered by Unity, a popular, cross-platform game engine that is used worldwide. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Unity… Read More

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Airtight Games closes, just weeks after debut of new game

Airtight Games has quietly closed its Redmond headquarters, bringing an apparent end to its 10-year run as an independent video-game development shop less than a month after the debut of its newest title for PCs and consoles. Company executives haven’t yet responded to requests for comment about the closure, but Airtight’s former office space in Redmond has been shuttered,… Read More

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GeekWire Radio: Can Nintendo make a console comeback?

With the E3 video game convention in the books for another year, this week’s GeekWire radio show features a conversation with game writer and number-cruncher Tim Ellis about the state of Nintendo, the resurgence of Sony’s PlayStation franchise, and Microsoft’s strategy shift with the Xbox One, attempting to recapture its momentum. In a recent post… Read More

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It’s official: Sony is the king of the consoles again

It took eight years, but Sony is once again king of the consoles. The company sold 18.7 million consoles worldwide in its last fiscal year, a number that includes sales from the PS4, PS3, PS2, PSP and PS Vita. For the first time in eight years, Sony trumped Nintendo, which sold 16.3 million consoles. Successful sales of the… Read More

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Nintendo at E3: Great games are coming … eventually

Great games are coming to the Wii U … but we’re going to have to wait. That’s the main takeaway from Nintendo’s announcements this week at E3, the big video-game event in Los Angeles. Yesterday I argued that Nintendo’s problem selling home consoles has been building for decades, but was masked by the fluke runaway success of… Read More

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Can Nintendo reverse a decades-long sales slide?

Ever since Nintendo posted its first annual net loss in early 2012, the Japanese gaming company (whose North American headquarters is right here in Redmond) has seen a steady decline in its fortunes. Earlier this year Nintendo announced a $228 million loss for 2013, and last week the company revealed it will be closing their European headquarters… Read More

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Sony to launch PlayStation TV box in U.S. for $99

Sony will launch its PlayStation TV set-top gaming and streaming video box in the U.S. and Canada this fall starting at $99, the company announced during its press event at the E3 video game convention this evening. PlayStation TV, known as the PlayStation Vita TV overseas, will also be available as part of a $139 bundle… Read More

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PlayStation 4 owners to get sneak peek of Bungie’s Destiny starting this week

Sony will give PlayStation 4 owners a sneak preview of Destiny, the highly anticipated video game from Bungie, the Seattle-area development studio that was the original developer of the blockbuster Halo franchise for Xbox. A limited alpha of Destiny will be available on PS4 starting this Thursday through the weekend, Sony announced this evening as part of its… Read More

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Alienware forges ahead with $549 game console, running Windows 8.1, after Valve’s Steam Machine delay

Alienware is forging ahead with plans for a Windows 8.1-based home gaming console, following delays to Valve Software’s Steam Machine console plans. The device, which is called the Alienware Alpha, was originally slated to launch as one of many Steam Machines – small consoles powered by Valve software, designed to bring PC gaming to the… Read More

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Playing with your emotions: EA shows off new touchy-feely features for The Sims, FIFA

Amazing new graphics and head-splitting soundtracks are usually the focus at E3, the annual game conference in Los Angeles, where attendees consider earplugs a mandatory accessory. But today, Electronic Arts showed off a softer side of the business, by announcing two titles that will try to appeal to another one of our senses: Our emotions. The first title to get an… Read More

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WSJ: Titanfall sequel won’t be exclusive to Xbox One

While Titanfall has surely helped Microsoft sell more Xbox One consoles, it looks like the exclusive deal with Respawn Entertainment may be coming to an end. The Wall Street Journal reports this morning, just as Microsoft kicks off its E3 video game show press conference, that the next installment of Titanfall will be available on… Read More

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Microsoft starts selling $399 Xbox One without Kinect sensor

Just as Microsoft is set to make announcements at the big E3 video game conference, the company today has begun selling a cheaper version of its Xbox One console. Previously announced in May, Microsoft is now offering a $399 Xbox One — $100 cheaper than normal — that comes without the Kinect sensor, its trademark accessory that… Read More