SAN FRANCISCO, April 17- Microsoft Corp has sold over 5 million Xbox One video game consoles to retailers since its launch in November, the company said on Thursday. The console went on sale on Nov. 22 in 13 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom and Australia, a week before rival Sony Corp's PlayStation 4 was released.» Read More
As part of CNBC's Outlook '08 coverage, here are my eight predictions in technology for 2008. At the end of next year, we'll look back on how well I did: just don't hold my feet to the fire too closely!! Before going forward, here's a quick look back. Tech set the tone for 2007 and became a safe-haven of sorts for so many investors fleeing the financial meltdown on Wall Street and Main Street.
Come tomorrow, we get the next salvo fired in the HD DVD vs. Blu-ray saga when Universal Studios Home Entertainment lets loose the last leg of the Jason Bourne trilogy, "The Bourne Ultimatum" on HD DVD. We'll also get the new boxed Jason Bourne Collection.
Big media is finally grasping that the sands beneath its feet are shifting; and Vivendi's bold step for Activision may be the beginnings of dramatic change for all kinds of digital entertainment. And it's about time. George Lucas (I know, major name-dropping here) told me not too long ago, that one of the key reasons for his studio's success is the seamless integration between his LucasArts video games division and LucasFilm, his studio operation.
Vivendi strikes a deal to combine its interactive gaming business with video game publisher Activision to form a new company called Activision Blizzard.
Mergers and acquisitions were back Monday as numerous high-profile companies announced plans to tie up despite recent tightness in the credit market and uncertainty over the strength of Western economies.
The post about the Xbox 360 got more hits than any blog post I've done to date. It even surpassed my rant on Ann Coulter, and was picked up on MySpacenews. But I digress: sort of. Anyway, all this has me wondering if I should combine the two stories, and maybe throw in Warren Buffett, to get killer traffic:
No question our coverage Thursday surrounding Microsoft's Xbox issues generated a lot of interest. But it was my post about Microsoft's Xbox sales during last week, which included Black Friday, that generated a single, though extremely unusual response from Sony.
Sony's PlayStation 3 outsold Nintendo's Wii game console in Japan in November for the first time since the machines were launched last year, showing Sony may finally be overcoming a slow start versus its upstart rival.
If my son spent as much time on his homework as he does playing, mastering, studying, and researching video games, he'd be valedictorian. For months he's been telling me there have been problems with the Microsoft Xbox 360, which is his console of choice. He's been talking about the "red rings of doom," which signal the Xbox is "fried."
The blogs might be rife with complaints about Xbox and its overheating issues. And a lawsuit seeking class-action status against Microsoft because of Halo 3's alleged incompatibility with the system, might be working its way through the courts.
It's the kind of news at the kind of time that Microsoft must be brooding over: the blogosphere is rife with meltdown messages from Xbox users all over the country. Extended play--the kind associated with new blockbuster titles like Halo 3 and Call of Duty 4--leading to system crashes, overheating, and frustration.
The game console war enjoyed a robust battle on Black Friday and we're getting indications now of new momentum for Sony's flagging PlayStation franchise, and continued mega-sales for Nintendo's Wii. Hard data from Sony indicates a strong week for its platform. The company reports that PlayStation 3 hardware sales jumped 245 percent compared to Black Friday sales a year ago.
Tuesday was quite the day for video game maker Activision--the stock ended the day up nearly 14 percent. Wall Street was jazzed by the gamemaker's forecasts, which were so hot, they far exceeded even the most optimistic analysts estimates. And early game sales were so positive recently, it bodes very well for the holiday shopping season. Two big franchises are expected to be top sellers this holiday season.
Apple hosted an unusual one-day sale to usher in the holiday shopping season; rather unusual for a company that prides itself on pricing strength. But nonetheless, it's a move that appears to be paying off as the company tries to establish itself as this year's big winner.
Nintendo on Tuesday unveiled two special editions of its DS handheld gaming unit as the video-game maker seeks to keep up fans' enthusiasm for the popular device heading into the holidays.
Happy Anniversary to Wii: It was one year ago that the wildly popular videogame console hit the market, taking interactive play to a new level -- and giving Nintendo a huge advantage over Sony and Microsoft in the game game.
Sony appears to be coming up with a winning formula. Amazing what a steep price cut will do, but you can't argue with success. Howard Stringer, Sony's CEO, is on the wires saying Sony sold over 100,000 PlayStation 3 units last week, calling the results "the breakthrough we've been anticipating."
Activision posted a small second-quarter profit, compared to a loss a year earlier, as revenue at the second-biggest U.S. videogame publisher jumped on sales of titles like "Transformers" and "Guitar Hero."
Top video game publisher Electronic Arts posted a quarterly loss but still topped estimates on strong sales of such titles as "FIFA 08" soccer and games for Nintendo's popular Wii console.
It's a big day for video games makers today as Electronic Arts, the single biggest name in the space, and THQ both report after the bell today. But despite a healthy run in EA shares, this might not be the slam-dunk investment you think it is.