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Is Content Really King?

The basic concept of content as king is that entertainment sales are driven mainly by hit content. It is often assumed a hardware device needs “a killer app” to entice consumers. However, the age of ubiquitous digital content may require some rethinking of that basic theory.
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MSFT Partners for $299 VR

At a Windows 10 and Surface press conference in New York City, Microsoft Corp. announced it was partnering with Acer, Asus, Dell, Hewlett Packard and Lenovo to bring Windows 10 virtual reality headsets to market at prices that will start at $299 retail. The OEMs will take advantage of VR and augmented reality support built into Microsoft's Edge browser.
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Sony Confirms Upgraded PS4

JUNE 10, 2016 • Sony Interactive Ent. (SIE) president and global chief executive Andrew House has confirmed that a more powerful PlayStation 4 is currently under development. The disclosure came in an interview with the Financial Times. The upgraded PS4 will feature an enhanced graphics capability, support for 4K ultra high definition resolutions and an […]

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AMD Clears Up Polaris Strategy

JUNE 7, 2016 • Last week at the Computex Taipei show in Taiwan, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. introduced its first 14nm Polaris GPU, the Radeon RX 480. Arriving at retail on June 29 in $199 4GB and $229 8GB models, the RX 480 is the first salvo in AMD’s “water drop” strategy that seeks to […]

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Nvidia’s Pascal Doesn’t Disappoint

MAY 9, 2016 • Nvidia Corp.’s first GPUs based on its new Pascal architecture were unveiled on May 6 and the firm demonstrated performance specifications that exceeded its $1,000 top of the line TITAN X from last year. GTX 1080-based GPUs are slated to arrive at retail late this month, with the more affordable $379 […]

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PSVR Trumps Competition at $399

MARCH 17, 2016 • Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. used the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco to announce the MSRP on its PlayStation VR (PSVR) headset. The device will release worldwide in October at $399, €399, £349 and ¥44,980. SCE did not announce any games would be bundled with the PSVR, yet did disclose that […]

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AMD Promotes Sulon Q VR

MARCH 15, 2016 • Topping early virtual reality announcements at this week’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco was the Sulon Q headset from Sulon Technologies Inc. The device was unveiled on stage at an event held by Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. What sets the Sulon Q apart from competitors is the headset is an […]

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Happy Goggles VR

MARCH 1, 2016 • The Swedish branch of McDonald’s Corp. is the test market for the fast food conglomerate’s first foray into virtual reality. A special edition Happy Meals container will be distributed to the 15 McDonald’s in Sweden the weekends of March 5 and March 12. The box can be refolded into a VR viewer […]

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HTC Vive hits $799

FEB. 22, 2016 • A month after the Oculus Rift began pre-orders at $599, HTC Corp.’s Vive entered preorder contention at $799. Similarly, the Rift ships in March with the Vive following in April. The Vive was developed in partnership with Valve Inc. Both virtual reality headsets are more similar than they are dissimilar in […]

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VR & eSports: Hype vs. Reality

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For years DFC Intelligence has seen the hype and headlines that comes and goes around various segments in the game industry. In some cases, the market is excited by a new potential goldmine that turns out to be fool’s gold. Many times when a category reaches the headlines the opportunity has already come and gone. […]

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