Thursday, January 29, 2015
 
 
 
Electronic Arts, publisher of the "FIFA" and "Madden NFL" video games, posted better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue, helped by growth in digital revenue and strong sales of its sports titles. The company's shares rose 3 percent to $49.92 in extended trading. The world's second-largest video game publisher has benefited by offering its popular PC and online games on mobile devices, a high-margin "freemium" model. EA's digital revenue rose about 32 percent to $541 million in the third quarter ended Dec. 31. Total revenue rose nearly 40 percent to $1.13 billion.

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The Xbox One has always been a big black box full of promise. Would it be more than a game console? With Microsoft's Windows 10, it looks like the Xbox One's big convergence moment is finally here. Microsoft wants your Xbox to be your Everybox. For one, universal Windows apps will work on Xbox One. That was just announced during Microsoft's Windows 10 event by Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President of Operating Systems for Microsoft.

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Microsoft will attempt to bridge the gap between gamers on Windows PC and Xbox One by adding an Xbox app to all copies of Windows 10 on its release. The Xbox app on Windows 10 will allow gamers to play online with other users across different devices, stream Xbox One games to their Windows 10 PC or tablet and keep track of their friends across multiple platforms. Microsoft made the announcement during its Windows 10 Consumer event in Redmond, Washington, on Wednesday.  [READ MORE]
 
Game maker Nintendo has decided to discontinue its Club Nintendo rewards program, the company announced on Tuesday. The closure suggests Nintendo is seeking to modify the customer experience for gamers. Nintendo's console, the Wii U, has been stumbling in the US market, trailing far behind both Sony's PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One.  [READ MORE]
 
Looking back on 2014, the video game industry can say it succeeded and it failed. New hardware has flown off store shelves, into more players' hands and at a faster rate than last-generation devices nearly a decade ago. But players still aren't buying enough games. The holiday season, an opportunity for game makers to rebound, proved that not even the biggest companies with the most highly anticipated franchises could entice consumers to spend their money on new titles. The problems are twofold. Game console makers like Sony and Microsoft are in a vicious price war, slashing prices and tossing in free games to get as many devices sold as possible. Microsoft, for example, dropped the price of its Xbox One in the US during the holidays, but consumer response was so strong that it chose to reinstate the cut starting January 16.

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Bad news for PC gamers. Rockstar has further delayed the launch of Grand Theft Auto Five until March 24. The game was originally slated to come out in two weeks, on January 27th. That's two months after the re-release in November and more than a year and a half after its original release. THe company said, "Our apologies for the slight shift in the date but the game requires a few extra weeks of testing and polish to make it as good as can be.." So hang on a bit longer gamers.

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