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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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