PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X Release Full Specs

PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X Release Full Specs

While the world is battling coronavirus, gamers received a little excitement last week when both Sony and Microsoft released more detailed specs for their video game console systems.  In this battle of the engineers, the Xbox Series X specs arguably came out on top.  However, long-term DFC still believes the PlayStation 5 will be the best-selling system. For the hardware announcements, marketing and PR departme.....
Nintendo Sales Strong/ Stock Drops

Nintendo Sales Strong/ Stock Drops

Last week Nintendo announced its earnings for the nine months ending 12/31/2019.  As expected Nintendo sales were strong.  However, they were not strong enough to please investors who punished Nintendo stock. DFC Intelligence had forecasted a strong holiday season for the Nintendo Switch and it delivered.  For the second half of 2019, Switch hardware sales were up 31% over 2018.&nb.....
Major Video Game Announcements at CES 2020

Major Video Game Announcements at CES 2020

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is always the first show of the New Year.  This is an event more about the future than what is actually currently going on in the marketplace.  CES 2020, held in Las Vegas January 7 to January 10, was no exception. The video game industry rarely pays much attention to CES.  However, this is a show about hardware and there are always some goofy gadgets looking to take the game world by storm.  CES shows that Sony, Microsoft and Nin.....
Sony Gets Aggressive With PlayStation Now Game Streaming Service

Sony Gets Aggressive With PlayStation Now Game Streaming Service

In advance of the launch of competing services, Sony has announced a major price reduction for its PlayStation Now game streaming service.  In addition to cutting monthly subscription prices in half, Sony has added major new AAA content including Grand Theft Auto V. The new monthly pricing is: US: $9.99 – monthly / $24.99 – quarterly / $59.99 – yearly (from 19.99/ 44.99/ 99.99) CAN: $12.99 – monthly / $34.99 – .....
Can Nintendo Switch Pass the 100 Million Unit Mark?

Can Nintendo Switch Pass the 100 Million Unit Mark?

The Nintendo Switch has been a strong success story in 2019.  The September launch of the Nintendo Switch Lite doubles down on the portable element of the system. There is now a serious question about whether the Switch will eventually join the elite group of video game systems that have passed 100 million units in hardware sales. DFC Intelligence has been cautious about forecasting Nintendo sales because every year since 2008, sales have fallen short of estimates.  In 2018, the Nint.....
Activision Blizzard Sees Success with World of Warcraft Classic Sales

Activision Blizzard Sees Success with World of Warcraft Classic Sales

Large video game publishers have significant value in their historic franchises.  Unfortunately, they have often struggled to take full advantage of those evergreen classics.  Activision Blizzard was no exception.  However, the recent release of World of Warcraft Classic shows that they may be coming around. World of Warcraft Classic released on August 26th.  The main attraction of this product is that it is a version of the game from when it first launched 15 years ago .....
Battle Royale Game Revenue to Hit $7 Billion

Battle Royale Game Revenue to Hit $7 Billion

The latest DFC Intelligence report takes a hard look at the battle royale game genre.  One of many surprising findings was that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is set to become the leading battle royale game in 2020.  Battle royale game revenue is set to reach $7 billion a year. The battle royale genre has been the biggest video game success story over the past two years.  There have been.....

Will Minecraft RTX Drive Hardware Sales?

Minecraft is one of the most popular video games of all-time.  It is also decidedly low-tech and noted for its blocky graphics.  However, that may be changing as Minecraft looks to become one of the leading franchises for the next generation.  Minecraft RTX will be a major upgrade In May, DFC wrote about how Minecraft was starting to become cool again.  This was after the game seemed to stagna.....