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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

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Xbox enables Twitter TV integration for Xbox One, adds 45 more apps including Vine, Major League Gaming

Twitter and the Xbox One are joining forces. As its June Xbox update rolls out globally starting today — which gives users access to apps like HBO and Netflix, even to those without an Xbox Live Gold membership — Microsoft announced today a new Twitter app that will include integration with the Xbox One TV viewing experience. By… Read More

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Photos: Valve is still working on a virtual reality headset

Valve still appears to be interested in developing its own virtual reality headset. At a VR meet-up in Boston this weekend, the Bellevue-based gaming company showed off the most recent prototype of its headset. A few attendees posted images online and included some thoughts on Reddit. The device looks somewhat similar to the Oculus Rift Development Kit 2. Reddit user jonomf noted… Read More

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Losing Steam: Valve controller delayed until 2015 in setback for Steam Machines

Valve says the controller for the upcoming Steam Machine gaming consoles will be delayed until 2015. The news is a setback for the Bellevue-based company and the third-party hardware makers attempting to bring PC gaming to the living room using Valve’s popular Steam game platform. In his post announcing the delay, Valve staffer Eric Hope said that… Read More

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Sony joins Microsoft, plans to sell Playstation in China

Microsoft announced late last month that it would sell its console in China, and now Sony says it will do the same. Following the relaxation of a law in China that banned foreign game consoles outright for 14 years, Sony will establish a joint venture with Shanghai Oriental Pearl (Group) Co. to start manufacturing and selling Playstation hardware and software in China…. Read More

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Xbox One $100 price cut already generating more demand for console

At least in some stores, Microsoft’s decision to offer a cheaper version of the Xbox One is producing strong demand. Last week, Microsoft announced that starting June 9 it will sell a standalone Xbox One, without the Kinect, at $100 cheaper than the current Xbox One price ($499). As GameSpot notes here, that cut has resulted in more interest in Microsoft’s… Read More

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Microsoft’s Xbox loses Twitch to Google’s YouTube (and why that matters)

Google has reportedly beat out Microsoft and others to reach a deal to buy Twitch, a popular videogame streaming company. The acquisition, which is expected to cost $1 billion, according to Variety, will give YouTube a war chest of content that appeals to the hardcore gamer. Over the past three years, San Francisco-based Twitch has become the ESPN of… Read More