Xbox Japan chief quits amid poor sales

Dec 1, 2014

Xbox Japan chief quits amid poor sales

The head of Microsoft’s Xbox business in Japan has resigned but will remain part of the games business at the U.S. head office, the company said. Takashi Sensui’s position was “interactive entertainment business manager” at Microsoft Japan. The company said Sunday his position would ...

As mobile arm struggles, Sony looks to PlayStation

| Sep 19, 2014

As mobile arm struggles, Sony looks to PlayStation

by Sophie Knight

The head of Sony Corp.’s PlayStation division hopes to raise its profit outlook for this year, in stark contrast to the electronics firm’s mobile business, which has forecast deep losses and sent Sony’s stock reeling. With Sony’s three core electronics businesses — the third ...

Microsoft Xbox One lands in Japan with a dull thud

Sep 4, 2014

Microsoft Xbox One lands in Japan with a dull thud

The Japan launch of the Microsoft Xbox One fell flat Thursday, with journalists covering the debut of the gaming console far outnumbering buyers. The console arrived here more than nine months after it hit shelves in North America, Europe and Australasia and half a ...

Sony wooing Japanese to PS4 with 'Dragon Quest'

Sep 1, 2014

Sony wooing Japanese to PS4 with 'Dragon Quest'

Sony is trying to woo Japanese game fans to the PlayStation 4 home console that went on sale last November in the U.S. and Europe but didn’t arrive at stores here until February. Atsushi Morita, appointed head of Sony Computer Entertainment’s Japan operations effective ...

Sony's sales of PlayStation 4 top 10 million units worldwide

Aug 13, 2014

Sony's sales of PlayStation 4 top 10 million units worldwide

Global cumulative sales of the PlayStation 4 home gaming console topped 10 million units as of Sunday, Sony Corp.’s gaming unit said Wednesday. Sony, which has been struggling to rebuild its electronics business, is positioning the gaming sector as a pillar for improving its ...

Sony pins hopes on gaming unit to shore up profits

Jun 11, 2014

Sony pins hopes on gaming unit to shore up profits

by Keiichiro Otsuka

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.’s release of a plethora of software titles in the coming month for the PlayStation 4 will be followed closely by its financially struggling parent company. As the 2014 Electronics Entertainment Expo, or E3, opened Tuesday, Sony Corp. is betting that ...

Game on as Sony faces Microsoft in China

May 26, 2014

Game on as Sony faces Microsoft in China

Sony Corp. plans to launch its PlayStation 4 video game console in China, according to its Chinese partner for the project and other sources. Following Microsoft Corp.’s lead, Sony will become the second major foreign company to launch a video game console in China, ...

Nintendo to target emerging markets in '15

May 8, 2014

Nintendo to target emerging markets in '15

by Takashi Amano and Aaron Clark

Nintendo, which has been struggling to win over consumers with its latest generation of game consoles, plans to expand in emerging markets with new devices starting next year. The Kyoto-based company will develop completely new game machines for emerging markets rather than sell cheaper ...

Sony sells 5.3 million PlayStation 4 consoles

Feb 19, 2014

Sony sells 5.3 million PlayStation 4 consoles

Sony Corp. has sold more than 5.3 million PlayStation 4s globally, beating its forecast, as it prepares to release the console in Japan this Saturday. The sales were for the period through Feb. 8, the company said in a statement Tuesday. Sony, which released ...

Nintendo shares surge as China lifts console ban

Jan 10, 2014

Nintendo shares surge as China lifts console ban

Nintendo Co., the maker of Wii U game consoles, is riding high in Tokyo trading after China lifted a 13-year ban on gaming machines this week. Nintendo shares rose 4.28 percent Friday to close at ¥16,080. China’s ruling State Council temporarily suspended the ban ...

Nintendo to drop Wii at home

Oct 2, 2013

Nintendo to drop Wii at home

Nintendo said Wednesday it will stop making its basic Wii game console for the Japanese market, but will keep producing it internationally. The move to abandon the venerable machine, which competes with Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony’s PlayStation 3, will allow Nintendo to focus ...