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, 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


Ouch: Nintendo sold just 57,000 Wii U’s in January, report says

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata told Reuters last month that the sales of the Wii U, which debuted Nov. 18, were “not bad.” Well, new numbers show that it’s worse than that. CNET is reporting that Nintendo sold just 57,000 Wii U’s last month, barely 20 percent of what Microsoft’s Xbox 360 (281,000) sold during the same time frame. That’s also… Read More


WildTangent adding games to Sony smartphones and tablets

For those that have Sony smartphones and tablets, playing WildTangent games just got easier. Redmond-based WildTangent is expanding its partnership with Sony Mobile Communications to allow owners of Sony’s new flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z, to have access to the WildTangent mobile games service via the Sony Select discovery gaming app. “Sony knows gamers better than anyone… Read More


It’s official: PlayStation is back atop the console market

PlayStation is once again the king of the worldwide console market. Sony’s latest earnings report, issued Feb. 7, shows unit sales for the PlayStation home consoles (the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3) beating the competing machines from Nintendo and Microsoft for the title of best-selling home game console for the 2012 holiday shopping season. Combined… Read More


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


Xbox 360 marks 18 months atop U.S. console market

Microsoft’s Xbox 360 sold 257,000 units in the U.S. in June, topping Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Nintendo’s Wii for the 18th consecutive month, according to NPD Group research cited by the Redmond company. That translates into 47 percent market share among current-generation consoles. The latest numbers were down considerably from the 507,000 Xbox 360 units… Read More


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


PS3 sucks less than Xbox and Wii in tough Q1 for consoles

Sony reported its latest financial results overnight, and the numbers put the PlayStation 3 back atop the worldwide console market for the March quarter. But that ain’t saying much. In a sign of the current weakness of the game console market, the PS3 reclaimed the title despite seeing its unit sales decline to 1.9 million units,… Read More


Microsoft’s Skype arrives on Sony’s PlayStation Vita

Microsoft’s Skype division is launching a video and voice calling app today for Sony’s latest handheld gaming device, the PlayStation Vita. The release isn’t a huge surprise, given that Skype also has an app for the PlayStation Portable, the PS Vita’s predecessor. But it’s notable because it comes after Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype, following through… Read More


Sony gaming unit dumps some Amazon Web Services, moves to Rackspace’s OpenStack

Sony Computer Entertainment of America is shifting some of its hosting services from Amazon Web Services to Rackspace’s OpenStack platform, a move that comes after last year’s high-profile PlayStation Network outage, according to a report by Network World. According to a report by Bloomberg shortly after the outage, the hacker in the Sony incident allegedly… Read More


Xbox 360 leads the pack, again, in a down month for games

Microsoft’s Xbox 360 remained atop the U.S. video-game console market to start the year, leading Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Nintendo’s Wii in unit sales in the country in January. It’s the thirteenth straight month the Xbox 360 has held that position, according to NPD Group data cited by the company this afternoon. However, unit sales… Read More


Xbox 360 tops Wii and PS3 for 1st time in yearly global sales

Microsoft’s Xbox 360 has been dominating its home turf for the past couple of years, sitting atop the monthly sales charts for the U.S. video-game console market, but the Redmond company has just taken the title of top-selling home console worldwide, as well. Sony’s earnings report, issued yesterday, puts the PlayStation 3 at 6.5 million units sold… Read More


Xbox 360 dominates December in U.S., capping a big year

Microsoft’s Xbox 360 cemented its position as the undisputed champion of the U.S. game console industry in 2011 with December sales of 1.7 million units — putting the company atop of the market for the twelfth straight month. For the full year, the NPD Group market research firm says the Xbox 360 platform was responsible… Read More