Sony Unloads SOE

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FEB. 2, 2015 • With a projected ¥230 billion ($2 billion) loss looming for the fiscal year ending March 31, Sony Corporation has sold its Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) business to Columbus Nova. Financial terms were not disclosed. In December 2010, Columbus Nova set up Harmonix-SBE Holdings to acquire Harmonix Music Systems from Viacom Inc. ...Continue Reading

Sony’s Sweet & Sour 2014

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MARCH 4, 2015 • Sony Computer Entertainment announced another PlayStation 4 sales milestone after a week of major layoff announcements corporation-wide. The PS4 has attained 6 million units sold worldwide since its November launch through March 2, with 370,000 of that number sold in Japan since February 22. With 30 titles available for the system, ...Continue Reading

SCEA Talks PS4 Success


FEB. 18, 2014 • DFC Intelligence analyst Jeremy Miller attended Sony Computer Entertainment of America’s 2014 Preview event in Santa Monica on February 10. Sony PlayStation vice president of marketing John Koller opened the event with updates and stats on the PlayStation business. Following these remarks Sony provided hands-on demos to upcoming PS Vita, PSN ...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


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

Sony Posts $6.4 Billion Loss

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APRIL 10, 2012 ● Sony Corp. announced an annual net loss of $6.4 billion, which means investors have not seen a profit in four years. The company said sales of TVs were down almost 30%, with sales of home audio, video and digital imaging devices also down. Sony plans to lay off 10,000 of its ...Continue Reading

Peter Dille Hired by Tapjoy


SEPT. 7, 2011 • Mobile monetization firm Tapjoy has hired former Sony Computer Entertainment America executive Peter Dille as its chief marketing officer. More than 10,000 apps feature Tapjoy’s service that inserts ads into iOS and Android gameplay. Dille was a senior VP  at SCEA before leaving in March. Impact: This is the sign of another ...Continue Reading

SCEA Tries PSP Go Promo


JUNE 2, 2010 • Concerned about the rate of adoption of its $250 PSP Go handheld, Sony Computer Entertainment of America (SCEA) will give new owners three free games for every PSP Go purchased until March 31, 2011. The titles are: LittleBigPlanet, Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters, and SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3. Impact:  ...Continue Reading

PS3′s Time to Shine


OCT. 1, 2009 • On September 1, 2009, we finally got it: a new PlayStation 3 priced at $299 (€299, £249, ¥29980).  Since its launch in 2006, the PlayStation 3 had been a big, intimidating piece of equipment with a price tag to match.  At a launch price of $600, the PlayStation 3 was simply ...Continue Reading

The PlayStation Network


NOV. 19, 2008 • Sony started investing in the game space in the late 1980s because the company thought that a game system could one day become the central entertainment hub of the household.  The original PlayStation focused solely on games and Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) used this period to build up a major in-house ...Continue Reading