GTA V Shines on PS4/XBX1

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FEB. 4, 2015 • The release of Grand Theft Auto V on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One last November sold extremely well, according to Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. By December 31, the title had moved more than 10 million units on the new consoles despite being in release on the PS3 and Xbox 360 ...Continue Reading

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

PS4 China Launch Delayed

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JAN. 8, 2015 • Just like the Xbox One before it, the Chinese version of the PlayStation 4 will not be launching on its original launch date. Sony Computer Entertainment says it will not be able to release the console on January 11 as planned, and cannot say when the PS4 will launch in China. ...Continue Reading

PS Now Pricing Fixed

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JAN. 5, 2015 • Sony Computer Entertainment of America (SCEA) has set pricing for its PlayStation Now game streaming service starting January 13. Consumers will have a choice of two unlimited access subscription tiers: $19.99 per month or $44.99 for three months. PlayStation Now has more than 100 PS3 titles available to play with more ...Continue Reading

XBO Price Cut In China

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DEC. 16, 2014 • A recent price reduction plus attractive software bundles helped Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox One to take the No. 1 spot in hardware sales during November in the U.S. Now with the looming arrival of the PlayStation 4 in China at 2,899 yuan ($469) and 3,299 yuan ($533) with the PS4 Camera come ...Continue Reading

PS Vue TV

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NOV. 15, 2014 • Sony Network Entertainment International (SNEI) and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) are beginning a roll-out of a new television content service called PlayStation Vue. An invite-only beta this month will be followed later by consecutive market launches in New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. Sony will initially offer 75 ...Continue Reading

7.9M PS Plus Subs

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NOV. 3, 2014 • The PlayStation Plus streaming service has grown to 7.9 million subscribers, according to the Sony Corporation. The disclosure was made by chief financial officer Kenichiro Yoshida during a financial conference call on October 31 discussing results for the quarter ending September 30.  For the quarter sales by the Game and Network ...Continue Reading

China Console Firms Merge

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SEPT. 5, 2014 • Last month Chinese president Xi Jinping called on the business community to create powerful media groups that possessed credible mainstream media assets as well as media based on new technology. Now one of the huge state-run entertainment enterprises, Shanghai Media & Entertainment Group, has finalized an asset restructuring to create just ...Continue Reading

Natsume Harvests Success

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AUG. 28, 2014 • Much in the same way Nintendo Co. Ltd. has nurtured a wholesome reputation in the video games it publishes, Natsume Inc. has successfully followed a very similar blueprint starting with the Harvest Moon franchise. That farm simulation series was a trailblazer back in 1997 when it was released on the 16-bit ...Continue Reading

PS4 Tops 10M

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AUG. 13, 2014 • During the Gamescom conference in Cologne, Germany, Sony Computer Entertainment announced that it has sold 10 million PlayStations 4s worldwide through August 10 since the console's launch last November. More than 30 million units of first- and third-party PS4 software have been sold via retail and digital distribution globally during the ...Continue Reading