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China suspends ban on video game consoles after more than a decade

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 7:20am

By Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) - China has temporarily lifted a 14-year-old ban on selling video game consoles, paving the way for Sony Corp, Microsoft Corp and Nintendo Co Ltd to enter the world's third largest video game market in terms of revenue. China saw video game revenues grow by more than a third in 2012 to nearly $14 billion last year, but console makers are likely to face an uphill battle for market share in a country where a whole generation has grown up without a PlayStation, Xbox or Wii and where free PC and mobile games dominate. "If Sony and Microsoft want to expand in China they need to think of changing their business model, and study the success of Internet gaming market providers where games are free but they charge money from operating games," said Roger Sheng, research director at tech research firm Gartner.

Microsoft says it sold 3M Xbox Ones in 2013

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 3:27pm
Microsoft says it has sold more than 3 million units of the Xbox One, the video game console it launched on Nov. 22, 2013. That means Microsoft Corp. sold 1 million of the consoles between Dec. 11 and ...

Xbox One sales top 3 million, no new Sony data

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 2:29pm

Microsoft Corp said on Monday that sales of its new Xbox One game console topped three million at the end of last year after launching in November. The third generation of the Xbox is competing head-to-head with Sony Corp's PlayStation 4, also launched in November. Sony said it had sold 2.1 million PS4s by the first week of December. It will not be clear which company is leading the console battle until Sony updates that figure.

Microsoft confirms 3 million Xbox One consoles sold in 2013

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 1:14pm

Industry watchers are divided when it comes to which new console will with this generation of the much hyped “console wars,” but many seem to be siding with Sony’s PlayStation 4. While the PS4 is indeed still extremely difficult to find on store shelves, writing off Microsoft at this early stage in the game would be unwise. In fact, the company just announced that sales of its new Xbox One video game console totaled 3 million units in 2013. Microsoft’s Xbox One went on sale on November 22nd and about two and a half weeks later, sales totaled 2 million units. The 3 million unit milestone took just 40 days to reach. “Together, we ushered in a new era of

Booting Up: Zynga Is Accepting Fake Money (Bitcoins) To Plow Your Fake Fields

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 9:29am
Zynga is accepting bitcoins as a form of payment in some of its games that people still apparently play. [WSJ]

Zynga tests Bitcoin payments for seven online games

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 5:41pm

Zynga hasn't had much to celebrate lately — the social gaming company suffered a huge drop in users last year and it hasn't had a hit title in some time. But now it's taking a new tack, turning to the Bitcoin community. In a post on Reddit's Bitcoin subreddit last night, the Zynga team said it is currently "testing expanded payment options for players to make in-game purchases using Bitcoin," specifically through the payment provider Bitpay. Currently, only seven Zynga games support Bitcoin payments, most of them titles in Zynga's derivative "ville" series:  CastleVille, ChefVille, CoasterVille, CityVille, FarmVille 2, Hidden Chronicles and Hidden Shadows. Zynga has for years offered the ability for players to buy in-game assets and upgrades using their credit cards and PayPal, as well as Facebook local currency, but Zynga admits that Bitcoin has now become too big for it ignore.

Upcoming video games: 'Don't Starve,' 'Wii Fit U,' 'MGS: Revengeance'

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 1:28pm

Survive like a gentleman scientist in "Don't Starve," say hello to a healthy new year with "Wii Fit U" and slice up an army of cyborgs like so many watermelons in "Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance."

Microsoft almost fatally sabotaged the Xbox One

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 1:25pm

Microsoft made a lot of terrible public relations mistakes when it rolled out the Xbox One, but thankfully none of those mistakes were reflected in the actual console, which has lived up to the hype and was a hot seller over the holiday shopping season. But in an interview with the Official Xbox Magazine, Microsoft Studios boss Phil Spencer reveals that Microsoft actually came incredibly close to making a design decision that would likely have handed Sony an easy victory in the latest console wars. Essentially, Spencer says that Microsoft was still considering removing the Xbox One’s disc drive as late as mid-2013 and selling all games digitally over the Internet. While such non-disc-based games probably are the future of console

Video: How to stream PC games to your Wii U GamePad

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 12:00am

With the release of Super Mario 3D World last month, Wii U owners finally had a reason to plug their consoles back in for the first time in quite a while. Now that Nintendo’s release schedule has slowed to a grinding halt, it’s tempting to put the Wii U back into cold storage, but before you do, take a look at this hack which could breathe new life into the console’s GamePad. Earlier this week at the Chaos Communication Congress in Germany, a group of hackers presented their reverse engineering of the Wii U GamePad which allows it to stream games and apps directly from the PC. Although a majority of the presentation focuses on the process of hacking the GamePad,

PlayStation 4 users can now stream music videos for free

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 9:00pm

In addition to being available on the PlayStation 3, VidZone can now be downloaded on the PlayStation 4 as well, Sony announced on its PlayStation blog. The application lets users stream music videos for free on the console and has been “fully optimized” for the PS4 to offer “faster start up times and quick navigation,” as well as “enhanced social integration features” including grabbing screenshots and sharing them with friends over Twitter and Facebook directly from the PS4 controller, and having VidZone activity displayed in friends’ “What’s New” feed. The VidZone application offers access to thousands of HD music videos and support for creating unlimited playlists and watching hundreds of VidZone TV channels. The app can be downloaded free of

NY man's 10,607 video games secure Guinness title

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 2:33pm

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Maybe it was getting his first video game, Cosmic Avenger, for Christmas at age 12, and then having to wait an entire year for the hard-to-land Colecovision console to play it on that made Michael Thomasson so determined to get his hands on every video game and system he could find.