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Jul 1, 2013

Microsoft entertainment head may leave to be Zynga CEO: report

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Games publisher Zynga Inc could replace its chief executive Mark Pincus with Microsoft Corp executive Don Mattrick, possibly as early as late Monday, according to a report by AllThingsD that sent Zynga shares down more than 10 percent.

Mattrick, who heads Microsoft’s critical Xbox business as the company’s president of interactive entertainment, could leave Microsoft to join Zynga, possibly as its CEO and is “working in close partnership with its founder and current CEO Mark Pincus,” according to AllThingsD, citing multiple unnamed sources.

Jun 26, 2013

Microsoft releases ‘refined’ Windows, revs up developers

SAN FRANCISCO/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp released a test version of its Windows 8.1 software on Wednesday, bringing back the “start” button and adding a host of features it hopes will appeal to users, while spurring developers into writing more applications for it.

The updated Windows, which was signaled at the end of May, is aimed chiefly at soothing traditional computer users, many of whom were unsettled by Microsoft’s shift towards a new “tile”-based interface that works best on touch-enabled devices, but left fans of the old-style desktop confused.

Jun 25, 2013

Microsoft to bring ‘Age of Empires’ to Apple, Android phones

SAN FRANCISCO/TOKYO (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp will offer its popular “Age of Empires” game for Apple Inc’s iPhone and other smartphones through a tie-up with Japan’s KLab Inc, seeking to capture growth in a booming mobile game market.

Microsoft’s gaming business is dependent primarily on its Xbox franchise but mobile devices have been eating into the gaming industry, luring consumers away from traditional consoles.

Jun 21, 2013

Ouya’s $99 videogame console challenges pricier Xbox, PlayStation

SAN FRANCISCO, June 21 (Reuters) – Ouya’s $99 Android
videogame console goes on sale on Tuesday, the latest attempt by
a growing crop of niche hardware makers to chip away at a market
dominated by Sony Corp, Microsoft Corp and
Nintendo Co Ltd.

Ouya hopes its cheaper cube-shaped console will prevail over
the long-established gaming triumvirate’s pricier hardware. The
new device has more than 150 free-to-try games, media features
such as Flixster and radio service TuneIn, and an open ecosystem
built on Google’s Android operating system.

Jun 14, 2013

Good times roll at E3 videogame trade show, for now

LOS ANGELES, June 14 (Reuters) – Few first-time participants
at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles this
week would have realized that the $66 billion videogames
industry is in steep decline.

Microsoft Corp, Sony Corp, Electronic Arts
and other industry giants whipped up the crowd of gamers
and developers at the event into a frenzy, with displays of
high-powered new consoles and previews of popular genre games.

Jun 12, 2013

Sony hopes to make new console profitable faster than PlayStation 3

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Struggling electronics giant Sony Corp(6758.T: Quote, Profile, Research) aims to make a profit on its new video game console faster than it did with its PlayStation 3 console by managing costs and keeping its technology similar to that of personal computers.

Sony Computer Entertainment, the company’s games division, took four years to make a profit on its last-generation PlayStation 3 console. For its new PlayStation 4, the company has said it wants to shorten that period of initial loss.

Jun 11, 2013

Analysis: Disney goes to Infinity to turn around gaming unit

By Lisa Richwine and Malathi Nayak

(Reuters) – When Walt Disney Co introduced its latest video game, Infinity, to the gaming faithful this week at the annual E3 gaming conference, it rented a Los Angeles movie theater to show 30-minute clips of upcoming films and hosted a party with the glitz it usually reserves for its blockbuster movie wannabes.

It shows just how much the company is counting on Infinity – whose players can for the first time mix together characters from Disney’s different franchises – to help turn around one part of the media giant that stubbornly refuses to turn a profit.

Jun 11, 2013

Disney goes to Infinity to turn around gaming unit

June 11 (Reuters) – When Walt Disney Co (DIS.N: Quote, Profile, Research) introduced
its latest video game, Infinity, to the gaming faithful this
week at the annual E3 gaming conference, it rented a Los Angeles
movie theater to show 30-minute clips of upcoming films and
hosted a party with the glitz it usually reserves for its
blockbuster movie wannabes.

It shows just how much the company is counting on Infinity -
whose players can for the first time mix together characters
from Disney’s different franchises – to help turn around one
part of the media giant that stubbornly refuses to turn a
profit.

Jun 11, 2013

Sony takes on Microsoft, prices new PS4 below Xbox One

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Sony Corp on Monday priced its latest PlayStation 4 console $100 lower than the new Xbox One by rival Microsoft Corp as competition for gamers’ pockets intensifies ahead of the year-end holidays and gift-giving season.

Sony said it would sell the latest PlayStation model for $399 late in the year shortly after Microsoft announced a $499 price tag for its first new Xbox in eight years and said it would go on sale in the United States in November.

Jun 10, 2013

Microsoft prices Xbox at $499 for November launch

LOS ANGELES, June 10 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp
said on Monday its new Xbox One console would launch in November
at $499 in the United States, higher than most gamers had
expected.

The price is greater than its current console, the Xbox 360,
but it includes a Kinect motion sensor for hands-free game
playing.