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Xbox cops another loss

Third quarter results for software giant Microsoft have shown that revenues from the division responsible for the Xbox console rose significantly, but the business still made a $209m loss in the three month period. Revenue from the Xbox operations was up by some $81m for the three months ended 31 March, with the bulk of that …
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Ilkka Raiskinen on N-Gage, and more

Interview As Finnish mobile communications giant Nokia unveils the second generation of N-Gage hardware, GI.biz's Rob Fahey speaks to Nokia's head of games, Ilkka Raiskinen, about the company's plans for the future - and lessons from the past year. You might reasonably expect Raiskinen to be somewhat guarded around the games press. It's …
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Grey stage set for UK PS2 price war

A significant unofficial drop in PlayStation 2 hardware and software prices has kicked off in the UK fuelled by the Caldwell Group-backed distributor 20:20, which is causing consternation within Sony after it recently began offering "grey" PS2 imports to retailers, along with the option of several software bundles. 20:20 …
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Coming soon: the Wi-Fi PSP and PS2

Wireless networking is set to form a key part of Sony's grand plan for its next-generation hardware, gi.biz has learned, with the company's vision of the future banking heavily on the proliferation of high-speed wireless hotspots in the home and in public places. It's already well known that the PlayStation Portable will …
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Sony talks up PS3

Sony is planning to diversify its PlayStation product family significantly in the coming years, with the company set to show a remodelled PS2 at E3 next month and multiple versions of the PS3 on the horizon. Speaking in an interview on an official Sony website - which has now been pulled, and was apparently made public in error …
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UK Xbox price cut? Wait and see

Although a price cut in Australia has followed yesterday's cuts in North America for the Xbox console, Microsoft UK has no imminent plans to change its pricing here - with the company adopting a "wait and see approach" on future cuts. That’s the word from a senior industry source close to Microsoft, who told GamesIndustry.biz …
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US Xbox price cut to $149

Microsoft has slashed the price of the Xbox in America to $149 in a move which will take effect as of tomorrow, while certain evidence suggests that the cut may also be extended to other territories. The price of the Xbox will drop to CA$199.99 in Canada, marking a similar reduction to the US price cut, while a steeper drop …
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Infinium Labs countersues HardOCP

Florida-based broadband console proponent Infinium Labs has finally instigated a lawsuit against technology news website HardOCP in response to the latter's pre-emptive suit filed in Texas recently. The escalating legal battle is over a HardOCP article last September which profiled Infinium's CEO Tim Roberts and delved - in a …
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No mobile console for Microsoft

Microsoft's global head of game content Peter Moore has ruled out the possibility of the company launching a mobile games console to compete with PSP or GBA. Speaking the Game Developers Conference, Moore confirmed that although the company will continue to support game developers working on its mobile operating systems - which …
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MS unwraps XNA for games developers

Microsoft yesterday used the GDC conference to launch a development platform called XNA. This will roll out across all future game platforms - including Xbox consoles and Windows PCs. The initiative is aimed at providing a common environment for game development on all of the platforms with which Microsoft is involved, ranging …
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Nintendo UK launches £10m voucher promo

Nintendo is planning an Easter promotion which will see purchasers of a new GameCube or Game Boy Advance console during April getting a free £250 book of vouchers redeemable against a variety of Nintendo and third-party products. Included in the vouchers is a £20 discount against another Nintendo console, along with individual …
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Sony ‘confirms’ 2004 PSX European launch

Sony confirmed today that it is pushing to release PSX in Europe this year, just as the console prepares to make its European debut at CeBIT. "We can confirm that SCEE will be handling the sales and marketing for PSX," a Sony spokesperson told gi.biz this morning. "We are looking to launch it before the end of this year and …
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Leaked Nintendo DS specs reveal touch screen, Wi-Fi, 3D graphics

A document leaked onto the Internet purporting to be a full specification for Nintendo's forthcoming DS handheld includes a touch panel input device, 802.11 wireless LAN support and a 3D graphics system. The one-page specification summary, written entirely in Japanese, also provides further confirmation of many things we …
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No Xbox 2 revelations at GDC

Reports suggest that Xbox Next's hardware will not be unveiled at the forthcoming Game Developers' Conference. Microsoft's chief Xbox officer, Robbie Bach, will take to the stage at the GDC on 24 March to discuss the new console - but may limit himself to games and some technical aspects of its format. The suggestion comes …
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HardOCP takes big stick to Infinium

News website HardOCP has filed a legal action against broadband console proponent Infinium Labs, in a move which it says is aimed at "clearing the air" following a number of demands and threats made by Infinium in the past weeks. Lawyers acting for KB Networks, the company which owns HardOCP, have based a legal action on the …
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Sony confirms PSP to PS2 game portability

The PlayStation Portable will allow developers to create games that can be played both on the move and on a home PS2 or PSX console, Sony has confirmed - but the emphasis will be on new titles, not on ports of existing games. Speaking with Mainichi Shimbun in Japan, Sony's CEO in charge of marketing, Fumiya Takeno, said that …
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EA president piles into N-Gage

Electronic Arts president and COO John Riccitiello has described Nokia's N-Gage system as a "dog" and further stated that software shipments on it have been "non-meaningful". "When I picked that thing up I knew it was a dog - it just feels stupid," Riccitiello told news agency Reuters in an interview last week, before …
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Sony delays US, Euro PlayStation Portable launch

The Japanese launch is still on track for the end of this year, but the PSP will not appear in North America or European before the end of the Sony's 2005 fiscal year, which ends 31 March, 2005. At SCEA's Destination PlayStation conference, the following statement emerged from the company: "We have received an overwhelming …
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Nokia 'fesses up to poor N-Gage sales

Nokia has given the first official indication that sales of the N-Gage game deck are not living up to expectations, but says that the platform must be given until November 2005 to prove itself. "The sales are in the lower quartile of the bracket we had as our goal," Nokia chairman and CEO Jorma Ollila, told the Financial Times …
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PS2 dominates January UK hardware sales

Post-Christmas sales helped demand for the main three consoles jump by over nine per cent, according to the latest figures released by ChartTrack, but sale pricing meant that the value of the market was down. An estimated total of 18,000 more consoles sold in the five weeks to 31 January, compared to the same period last year, …
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Infinium Labs gets litigious with HardOCP

The company behind the forthcoming Phantom game platform, Infinium Labs, has stated that it may file a lawsuit against news website HardOCP over an article in September 2003 which cast doubt on the firm's real intentions. The article revealed details of Infinium founder Tim Roberts' business background, including the bankruptcy …
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MS kills Mythica MMORPG

Microsoft Game Studios last week cancelled MMORPG Mythica, "based on a careful evaluation of the competitive MMORPG landscape". An MGS spokesperson said that the publisher had two multiplayer titles in development - Mythica and another, as-yet unannounced project - and didn't want the bother of eventually maintaining two in an …
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Infinium Labs names key executives

Following on from the recent appointment of Kevin Bachus as president, Infinium Labs has announced three new executive hires, along with the opening of an office in Seattle. A Los Angeles office is planned shortly. The three new faces on the senior management team are Rich Skoba, executive VP for sales and business development …
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Microsoft confirms ‘crystal’ Xbox

Plans to launch a new "crystal" limited edition version of the Xbox console in Europe in the next few months have been confirmed by Microsoft, which has also announced that a new Xbox Live bundle will be available later this month. As reported last week, the new limited edition pack - which is the second of its type to be …
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Key US retailer drops N-Gage from 450 stores

Major US retailer GameStop has announced that it is to stop selling Nokia's N-Gage game deck 450 of its stores, representing almost a third of its retail outlets, with the remaining inventory being moved to other stores. Although GameStop is relocating the inventory rather than ditching the product entirely, the news still …