Vita Sales Upswing In Japan

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MARCH 15, 2013 • Moving the price on all PlayStation Vita SKUs in Japan to ¥19,980 ($213) has been well received by consumers there. In each of the two weeks since the Feb. 28 markdown the Vita has surged to the top of the retail charts, according to research firm Media Create. For the week ending ...Continue Reading

Can Sony & Nintendo Recover?

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FEB. 21, 2013 • The year 2012 clearly showed that even in the age of easy digital distribution consumers love their physical products.  Among other things, this has included expensive hardware designed mainly to play digital content.  Having the coolest hardware device to access the Internet has suddenly become an important status symbol in society.  Unfortunately ...Continue Reading

Sony Confirms PS4

FEB. 20, 2013 • As expected, Sony Computer Entertainment used its press event at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City's Manhattan Center to provide the first official details on the PlayStation 4. The new system is slated for a holiday release this year, but no pricing details were announced. SCE chief executive Andrew House ...Continue Reading

Vita MSRP Slashed In Japan

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FEB. 19, 2013 • In its first broad move since announcing that PlayStation Vita first-year targets had been reduced down to 7 million units sold by March 31, Sony Computer Entertainment said street prices on the system in Japan would be reduced significantly on Feb 28.  On that date, both the ¥29,980 ($320) 3G and ...Continue Reading

Vita Targets Slashed

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FEB. 7, 2013 • For the quarter ending Dec. 31, Sony turned in an operating profit of ¥46.4 billion ($495.7 million) compared to a ¥91.7 billion loss ($979.6 million) for the same period a year ago. Television sales were still a drag on the company, however, with the television unit posting its eighth straight quarterly ...Continue Reading

PS2 Production Ends

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JAN. 4, 2013 • On Dec. 28, Famitsu reported that Sony Computer Entertainment had ceased shipping PlayStation 2s to Japanese retailers. All existing inventory in-channel would be sold off until no more remained. No other territories were mentioned in the report, and Sony has remained mum on further details. Today, The Guardian in the U.K. ...Continue Reading

CCP Preps F2P Shooter

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JUNE 6, 2011 • Iceland-based CCP Games announced that its FPS game set in the EVE Online universe, DUST 514, will be a PlayStation 3 exclusive. The title will be free-to-play, and will be monetized through virtual item sales of weapons and military gear for in-game characters. Dust 514 Players will operate as tactical ground troops, ...Continue Reading

2011 Game Industry Overview

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MAY 27, 2011 • The times they are a changing. So sang Bob Dylan in 1963 as his music helped define a generation of youth. In 2011 Bob Dylan celebrated his 70th birthday, still touring and playing to his fans of 1963, as well as an entire new generation of children and grandchild of those ...Continue Reading

PS Move Sells 170K in Japan

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APRIL 11, 2011 • Research firm Media Create reported that Sony sold 170,000 PlayStation Move motion-sensing controllers in the Japanese market during 2010, compared to 90,000 Microsoft Kinects. Impact: At face value this seems rather an impressive sales ratio. In reality, an almost 2:1 ration is worrisome. During the average week consumers buy between 20,000 and ...Continue Reading

Kaz Hirai Promoted

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MARCH 11, 2011 • In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Sony Corp. chief executive Howard Stringer said the promotion of Sony Computer Entertainment head Kaz Hirai to oversee the consumer electronics division makes Hirai the leading candidate to replace Stringer some day. Impact: Kaz Hirai started in the music business but came on with ...Continue Reading