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E.T. Carts Found

APRIL 28, 2014 • For decades there has been speculation about the thousands of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial game cartridges that Atari, Inc. supposedly buried in the desert back in 1983. Now they have been found. Thanks to a partnership between Xbox Entertainment Studios, Fuel Ent., and the multiplatform media company Lightbox, a dig was sponsored […]

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Nintendo Closes Taiwan Office

APRIL 22, 2014 • After 23 years in operation Nintendo is closing down its Taiwan branch on May 31. Most employees of Nintendo Phuten Co., Ltd. in Taipei will exit the office by the end of April, however. Responsibility for the Taiwan market will be assumed by Nintendo’s Hong Kong branch. Nintendo says there will […]

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PS4 Passes 7M

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 […]

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Japanese Buy 322K PS4s

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 […]

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King Finally Files IPO

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 […]

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PS4 Tops 4M, Xbox One 3M

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 Ent. president and group chief executive Andrew House disclosed that 4.2 million PlayStation 4s had been sold […]

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PS4 India Launch Set

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 […]

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DFC Forecasts PS4 as Sales Leader

DEC. 10, 2013    LAUNCH WAS THE LARGEST EVER FOR A NEW CONSOLE SYSTEM • • SIGN UP WITH DFC INTELLIGENCE AND GET A FREE MARKET BRIEF • • 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 […]

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Xbox One Ups & Downs

NOV. 25, 2013 • As with the PlayStation 4 the previous week, the launch of Microsoft Corp.’s $499 Xbox One experienced a mostly solid launch marred somewhat by some 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 […]

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Brazil PS4 Tax Explained

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 […]

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