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POLL: Microsoft just made big policy changes — now will you buy an Xbox One?

Earlier this afternoon, Microsoft surprised the tech world by reversing its stance on some Xbox One policies that had angered many gamers for the past few weeks and gave Sony firepower to poke fun at its rival. Now, you won’t need to connect to the Internet once every 24 hours like Microsoft originally planned. Nor will there be any restrictions… Read More

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Here’s how much games will cost on Microsoft’s Xbox One

Worried about Xbox One games hurting your wallet even more so than Xbox 360 titles already do? Here’s some relieving news for you. Microsoft’s first-party games (made by Microsoft Studios) for the Xbox One will sell for $60, the same price that new Xbox 360 games typically go for. This was first spotted by Kotaku, and a Microsoft… Read More

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Report: Xbox One to hit shelves in November 2013

It looks like you’ll be able to buy an Xbox One this November. That’s what Rare development director Danny Issac just said during an interview with Geoff Keighley on the GameTrailers’ E3 pre-show. I guess Xbox One launches in November! Guy from Rare just said it on the pre-show during Kinect Sports Rivals demo. #GTE3 —… Read More

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Xbox 360 marks 26 straight months atop U.S. market

Xbox dominance in the U.S. will live on another month. The latest numbers from NPD market research firm are out and Microsoft’s Xbox 360 was the top-selling console in February, marking the 26th straight month atop the U.S. console market. There were 302,000 Xbox 360′s were sold last month. That’s up from January, when the Xbox… Read More

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Report: Microsoft to debut next-gen console in April after being “caught off guard” by Sony

It looks like Microsoft’s turn to impress the gaming world may come in April. That’s according to a report from computerandvideogames.com, who spoke with an unnamed Sony official that said Wednesday’s PS4 unveiling “caught Microsoft off-guard,” and that “we definitely ruffled some feathers.” Sources said that Microsoft is planning on hosting a one-off event in April… Read More

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Gabe Newell: Valve to build a gaming PC for the living room

While most of the next-generation console talk is about the future of PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo products, there could be another player in the mix: the PC. That’s at least according to Valve’s Gabe Newell. Speaking to Kotaku’s Jason Schreier at Spike TV’s annual Video Game Awards, Newell briefly discussed “stronger-than-expected” reactions to Steam’s TV-friendly “Big Picture”… Read More

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Video games analyst: “Consumers are starved for new titles”

Game developers, take notice. Right now might be a perfect time to unveil that new game you’ve been working on for the past few years. According to NPD Video Games Industry Analyst Liam Callahan, the headliners of this holiday season’s video game lineup mostly consist of strong sequels — Call of Duty Black Ops, Halo 4, Assassins Creed… Read More

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Sony hides PlayStation 3 sales data as profits fall

Maybe I’m a nerd, but one of the things I look forward to each quarter is the release of Sony’s earnings, because they provide the final data point that we need to update the status of worldwide game console sales — showing how the PlayStation 3 stacks up against the Nintendo Wii and Microsoft’s Xbox 360…. Read More

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E3: PlayStation gets a lift from Harry Potter and HTC

Sony surprised the audience at the E3 video-game show tonight with the announcement of Wonderbook, physical books that use augmented reality in tandem with the company’s PlayStation Move controller and PlayStation Eye camera to creative an interactive reading experience, bringing the book to life on the television screen. The company announced a partnership with Harry… Read More

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Now working for Xbox: Former PlayStation exec Phil Harrison

Here’s a hire that no one would have predicted five years ago. Phil Harrison, the former head of worldwide studios for Sony’s PlayStation business, has joined Microsoft as the senior leader for the company’s Xbox and video game business in Europe, including its UK-based development studios Lionhead, Soho and Rare. Microsoft announced the new addition… Read More

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The price of early adoption: Nintendo cutting 3DS to $170

Apart from the dizzy spells, the biggest criticism of Nintendo’s 3DS has been the price. At $250, the handheld game system costs more than some home game consoles, including Nintendo’s own Wii. But the price of the 3DS will be dropping to $170 on Aug. 12, according to an announcement today from the company’s Redmond-based Nintendo… Read More

Sony’s new PS Vita handheld: $249 WiFi, $299 3G, on AT&T

Sony this evening unveiled the official name for the successor to its PlayStation Portable. Dubbed the PlayStation Vita, the new handheld will launch later this year, with a WiFi version retailing for $249 and the 3G model going for $299. The company made the announcement at the E3 video-game convention in Los Angeles. There were… Read More