PS4 Passes 7M

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APRIL 17, 2014 • The PlayStation 4 reached a new milestone at the end of March reaching 72 countries worldwide and selling more than 7 million units. Sony Computer Entertainment also noted that 20.5 million games had been sold between retail and digital sources. The console's main competitor the Xbox One has distributed 5 million ...Continue Reading

Japanese Buy 322K PS4s

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FEB. 25, 2014 • The ¥39,980 ($391) PlayStation 4 launched in Japan on February 22, and in two days more than 322,000 units were sold, according to research firm Enterbrain. By comparison, more than 88,000 PS3s were sold in two days, and 980,000 PS2s within 48 hours. Sony Computer Entertainment has set a goal of ...Continue Reading

King Finally Files IPO

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FEB. 18, 2014 • After spending several years mulling over its options, skill games company King has filed for a $500 million IPO on the New York Stock Exchange. The maker of the popular Candy Crush Saga intends to use the symbol KING. Bank of America Corp., Credit Suisse Group AG, and JP Morgan Chase ...Continue Reading

PS4 Tops 4M, Xbox One 3M

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JAN. 7, 2014 • Both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One achieved better than expected unit sales through the end of 2013. Using the industry focus on the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Sony Computer Entertainment president and group chief executive Andrew House disclosed that 4.2 million PlayStation 4s had been sold ...Continue Reading

PS4 India Launch Set

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DEC. 19, 2013 • The next market to get a PlayStation 4 launch will be India on Jan. 6. Sony Computer Entertainment's new console will retail there for Rs 39,990 ($640). The 12GB PlayStation 3 sells in India for Rs 17,000 ($272), and the 500GB model at Rs 22,990 ($368). The optional PlayStation Eye will ...Continue Reading

DFC Forecasts PS4 as Sales Leader

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DEC. 10, 2013    LAUNCH WAS THE LARGEST EVER FOR A NEW CONSOLE SYSTEM • • SIGN UP FOR THE DFC DOSSIER AND GET OUR MARKET BRIEF: CONSOLE LAUNCH 2013 FOR FREE • • A new brief from DFC Intelligence notes that the 2.1 million units sold in its first two weeks makes the Sony PlayStation 4 the biggest launch ever for a console ...Continue Reading

Xbox One Ups & Downs

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NOV. 25, 2013 • Like the PlayStation 4 the previous week, the launch of Microsoft Corp.’s $499 Xbox One experienced a mostly solid launch marred somewhat by reports of defective equipment out of the box. The company was pleased to announce that more than one million units of the new console has sold during the ...Continue Reading

Brazil PS4 Tax Explained

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OCT. 22, 2013 • As we reported in September, the MSRP of new consoles such as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in Latin American countries can suffer extreme inflation due to local taxes and tariffs. This is not a new phenomenon, and has already led Microsoft and Sony to build Xbox 360s and PS3s ...Continue Reading

Wii Phased Out in Japan

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OCT. 2, 2013 • As Japan is the only market where the Wii U outsells the Wii, Nintendo Co. Ltd. has announced that it will soon be ceasing further production of Wiis for the home market. For the fiscal quarter ending June 30, Wii U sales in Japan were 90,000, versus the 20,000 of Wiis ...Continue Reading

China Allows Consoles

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SEPT. 30, 2013 • China's CPC Central Committee, State Council has formalized a new experimental free trade zone in Shanghai. As a result, Western video game consoles can now be officially marketed and sold within the zone as long as hardware and software are approved by the Ministry of Culture first. The move is the ...Continue Reading