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Ubisoft Drops Last Gen

MAY 14, 2015 • A year and a half after the arrival of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Ubisoft Entertainment S.A. disclosed during a financial conference call that it is dropping development on the PS3 and Xbox 360. For the publisher’s fiscal year 2016 all of its AAA releases, with the exception of the […]

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GRID Rolling Out 1080p

MAY 13, 2015 • Although Nvidia Corp.’s Shield devices have no problem supporting higher HD resolutions, the company’s GRID streaming game service has been limited to 720p since it became more widely available last December. This week Nvidia is rolling out 1080p support at 60 frames per second on GRID. A 30 Mbps broadband connection […]

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Mario Goes to Universal

MAY 11, 2015 • In a deal inked with Universal Parks & Resorts, Nintendo Co. Ltd. is licensing it video game characters, franchises and game worlds for use as attractions. No financial disclosures were made. The announcement said the companies will jointly develop major and immersive family-themed attractions. Creative teams from Nintendo and Universal will […]

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Oculus Rift Dated

MAY 6, 2015 • The Oculus Rift virtual reality device has been given a release window during the first quarter of 2016. Preorders will be taken later this year, and in the run-up to the Electronic Entertainment Expo this June in Los Angeles, Oculus VR, LLC will be announcing more specifics about the evolution of […]

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Shield Branding Adapts

APRIL 24, 2015 • Introduced as the Shield Console last March, Nvidia Corp. is now promoting its new Tegra X1-based set-top unit as the Shield Android TV. The $199 device is expected to launch next month. System specifications include a 256-core Maxwell GPU equipped with 3GB of ram, 4K HD playback, internal storage totaling 16GB, […]

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JD’s Free Trade Play

APRIL 21, 2015 • Last week China’s JD.com, Inc. launched a new cross-border ecommerce platform called JD Worldwide. The premise is to provide Chinese consumers the opportunity to purchase Western brands at a much lower cost. Instead of a foreign company having to set up a wholly Chinese division or a partnership with a domestic […]

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EA Prunes PC F2P

APRIL 16, 2015 • Electronic Arts Inc. is shutting down four of its major Play4Free titles for the PC platform. Battlefield Heroes, Battlefield Play4Free, FIFA World and Need for Speed World will go offline in 90 days. The publisher said all four PC games were no longer as popular as they once were but did […]

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Paradox’s Grand Strategy

APRIL 14, 2015 • Many major game publishers have withdrawn from genres that used to be staples for the PC platform – the kinds of deep strategy and RPG titles that once defined computer games. It was not a factor of these titles not selling but how much money was available to be made in […]

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Mattrick Leaves Zynga

APRIL 9, 2015 • Don Mattrick has relinquished his positions as chief executive officer and board member of Zynga Inc. The company formalized a separation agreement with Mattrick through which all parties concurred that his employment would terminate on April 8. The agreement provides up to $25,000 to Mattrick to cover fees for legal advice […]

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China Xbox Ones Unlocked

APRIL 8, 2015 • This week a firmware update went out to China market Xbox Ones, after which consumers there reported their consoles were no longer region locked and screenshots of international versions of Xbox One games running on Chinese systems soon appeared. Microsoft Corp. and its local partner, BesTV, have not officially commented on the […]

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