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Talking Point: Is PlayStation Right to Switch Focus to the West?

Is PlayStation Right to Switch Focus to the West?

Emigrating overseas

The humble beginnings of PlayStation are well documented: Ken Kutaragi believed that Sony should get into the console business so strongly that he began developing the firm's first format behind his employer's back. The board didn't back him, but CEO Norio Ohga saw the potential – and he sent the famously hot-headed engineer...

News: Metal Gear Solid V Ships Over 6 Million Copies as Konami Profits

Metal Gear Solid V Ships Over 6 Million Copies as Konami Profits

Mission successful, Snake

Konami's enjoyed a decent amount of success with it's surprisingly divisive Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. According to the Japanese publisher's latest earnings report, the open world stealth-'em-up has shipped over six million copies worldwide. The title's popularity contributed to a 37.5 per cent increase in...

News: Sony's Doing Pretty Darn Well at the Moment

Sony's Doing Pretty Darn Well at the Moment

Company smashes earnings expectations

For a huge chunk of this site's life, we've reported on Sony's financial losses. You could guarantee that each quarter without fail, the firm would be in the red. But ever since Kaz Hirai took the helm, the company's trajectory has started to change. And, while it's nowhere near the juggernaut that it once...

News: Sony's Dropped a Clanger with This Let's Play Lark

Sony's Dropped a Clanger with This Let's Play Lark

Company tries to trademark YouTube term

Sony, why?! The early success of the PlayStation 4 can be assigned to the feel-good factor that the Japanese giant built around the format: the gamer-centric marketing, the agreeable policies, the Jack Tretton smackdown – so why the heck is the company jeapordising that by trying to trademark the popular...

News: EA Withdraws from E3 2016 Showfloor

EA Withdraws from E3 2016 Showfloor

Opts for its own event instead

This week has been packed to the rafters with unexpected announcements, and here's another headline that we weren't anticipating: Electronic Arts will not be present on the show floor at E3 2016. The mega publisher is instead opting to invite fans to a new PlayStation Experience-esque public showcase, which will run...

News: Say Goodbye to Sony Computer Entertainment

Say Goodbye to Sony Computer Entertainment

PlayStation now operates under Sony Interactive Entertainment

This is not the news that we expected to wake up to on a chilly Tuesday morning: Sony Computer Entertainment is no more. Don't panic, PlayStation is very much alive – but the iconic organisation housing the billion dollar brand has been renamed Sony Interactive Entertainment. It's...

News: Sony Attempts and Fails to Trademark Let's Play

Sony Attempts and Fails to Trademark Let's Play

What's up, it's your boy...

YouTubers need no longer fidget frantically, as Sony's request to trademark the term 'Let's Play' has been denied by the United States Patent and Trademark Office – but not because it's a popular phrase among gamers. Instead, it was denied use because of a similar trademark held since 2013 by Let'z Play of America, a...

News: Grand Theft Auto Veteran Exits Rockstar North

Grand Theft Auto Veteran Exits Rockstar North

Leslie Benzies departs Scottish studio

Rockstar North, the uber-secretive Edinburgh-based developer behind the Grand Theft Auto franchise, is going through a bit of a shake-up at the minute. Leslie Benzies, one of the key figures behind the aforementioned sandbox series, has departed the company after over 15 years of service. He originally...

News: Star Wars Games May Have Made Too Much Money in 2015

Star Wars Games May Have Made Too Much Money in 2015

Analyst predicts Battlefront raked in $660 million

The launch of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was certainly a big deal, with the film's opening weekend income totalling almost $250 million worldwide, smashing many box office sales records in the process. And, according to a Fortune interview with multiple financial analysts, the many Star Wars...

News: GAME's Share Prices Plunge as UK Retailer Is Struck by Pre-Christmas Slump

GAME's Share Prices Plunge as UK Retailer Is Struck by Pre-Christmas Slump

Bah humbug

Upper-management at UK retailer GAME will be enjoying Christmas about as much as Louis Van Gaal, as the company's share prices have plummeted by a disastrous 34 per cent today. The decline comes after the chain announced that its UK revenue was down 11.4 per cent compared to the same 21 week period leading up to 19th December in 2014...

News: PS4 Can Leverage the Power of the Cloud, Says Microsoft

PS4 Can Leverage the Power of the Cloud, Says Microsoft

Yay?

News at eleven: Microsoft has a product and it doesn't care who it sells it to. While the so-called "power of the cloud" was a big buzz word when the Xbox One was announced, the Redmond firm has been a little less forthcoming about the bullet point of late. And now a Twitter exchange with gaffer Phil Spencer has revealed that the company's open...

News: Sony: Our First-Party PS4 Lineup Looks Incredible Next Year

Sony: Our First-Party PS4 Lineup Looks Incredible Next Year

Platform holder not entirely satisfied with 2015

We can probably all agree that it's been a solid but unspectacular year for PlayStation 4 exclusives, with titles like Bloodborne, Tearaway Unfolded, and Until Dawn on offer. Fortunately, Sony's the first to admit that 2015 hasn't been its strongest year from a first-party perspective – but it's...

News: Sony's Open to Acquiring Additional First-Party Studios

Sony's Open to Acquiring Additional First-Party Studios

But who should join the fold?

Sony's vaunted Worldwide Studios network is already very strong, spanning a dozen or so developers across the globe. However, in an interview with Kinda Funny Games, executive Scott Rohde has admitted that the organisation's always open to the idea of adding more teams – assuming that the alliance makes sense for...