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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

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Chart: Kinect surpasses 25% of Xbox 360 installed base

One piece of news disclosed by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer here at the Consumer Electronics Show last night was that cumulative sales of Kinect have surpassed 18 million units since the motion controller for Xbox 360 launched in the fall of 2010. In addition, cumulative Xbox 360 sales have topped 66 million units worldwide, and… Read More

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Tech Moves: RealNetworks VP joins Amazon’s Kindle team; etc.

Another day, another executive departure from RealNetworks. Yesterday, we reported that chief financial officer Michael Eggers — a 14-year veteran of the company — was stepping down. Now, we’ve gotten word that Simon Poile has left the digital media company to become director of software development for Amazon.com’s Kindle Store. Poile worked at RealNetworks for… Read More

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Chart: How we’re spending time on our game consoles

Millions of people are waking up to new video-game consoles under the tree this morning. But how they end up using their new consoles might surprise you. And it’s likely to differ depending on which console they receive. Data released recently by the Nielsen market research firm showed some interesting differences in usage patterns among the three… Read More

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Microsoft sells record 1.7M Xbox 360s in U.S. in November

Microsoft’s Xbox 360 registered another month atop the U.S. console market in November, posting record sales as the peak holiday shopping season got under way. The Xbox 360 sold 1.7 million units in the U.S. in November, according to NPD Group data cited by the Redmond company. Numbers weren’t released for the competing Nintendo Wii… Read More

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PS3 gets the NFL … for a price

An announcement by Sony this afternoon could give the PlayStation 3 an edge over Microsoft’s Xbox 360 among a certain segment of sports fans … at least those with some spare cash to throw around. DirecTV is bringing the NFL Sunday Ticket subscription service to the console, the companies announced today. The price for the… Read More

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Sony takes a big swing, buys game maker Sucker Punch

It probably doesn’t come with a price tag in the billions. But another Seattle area gaming studio has been sold. This time, it is Sucker Punch Productions and the buyer is Sony Computer Entertainment. The acquisition, terms of which were not disclosed, follows news last month that Electronic Arts plans to gobble up PopCap Games… 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

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Xbox 360 still tromping all over the U.S. console market

June was a down month for the U.S. video-game industry overall, but not for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 –which turned in its sixth straight month atop the console market, with 507,000 consoles sold, according to NPD Group statistics cited by the company today. Microsoft has seen a boost from the release of the Kinect motion sensor… Read More

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GeekWire Podcast: Amazon’s strategy, Apple’s iCloud, and Nintendo’s crazy new controller

This week on the GeekWire Podcast, we recap a big week in tech news — including Jeff Bezos at the Amazon.com shareholders meeting; Apple’s Steve Jobs at the Cupertino City Council; and Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo at the E3 video-game convention. Then we’re joined by journalist Glenn Fleishman to talk about the latest from Apple, including… 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

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Apple, Xbox set to battle for attention of tech world

It’s hard to remember a week with so many big tech companies staging so many potentially big announcements. It kicks off at 9:30 a.m. Pacific time Monday  morning with Microsoft’s annual Xbox news conference at the E3 video-game convention in Los Angeles. Half an hour later, Steve Jobs & Co. will take the stage for… Read More

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Platform or not, Microsoft’s Xbox business is booming

Next week is the big E3 video-game convention, and Microsoft’s Xbox team this morning kicked off the competitive jockeying by releasing a new slate of statistics to demonstrate the momentum behind its Xbox 360 console and Xbox Live online service. Xbox Live now has nearly 35 million active members, the company says, and the Xbox 360… Read More

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Redbox getting into video games, like for reals this time

Coming soon to the front stoop of your local 7-Eleven: Master Chief and Mario. Redbox, the movie-rental subsidiary of Bellevue-based Coinstar, is rolling out video games to more than 21,000 locations across the U.S., starting in June. The move actually isn’t a surprise, given that Redbox has been testing game rentals in 5,000 locations for… Read More

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Wii sequel in 2012: Can Nintendo top PS3, Xbox 360?

In the process of announcing its latest financial results this morning, Nintendo confirmed that it plans to release the successor to its hit Wii game console in 2012, after previewing the new system at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles this June. The company, which has its North American HQ in Redmond, gave no further… Read More

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Xbox 360 on top of U.S. console market, again

Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console sold 430,000 units in the U.S. in March, up 28 percent from the same month a year ago, according to data released today by the NPD Group market research firm. That makes it the top-selling console in the U.S. for nine out of the past 10 months, according to NPD. The… Read More

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Xbox 3D? Job listings tip Microsoft’s hand

Nice catch by PC World this morning, digging up a series of job posts on LinkedIn that show Microsoft staffing up the Xbox team responsible for “next generation console architectures” — which translates into a successor to the Xbox 360, or an evolution of it. What really caught my eye wasn’t the fact that Microsoft… Read More