BitSummit reveals the reach of indie games

Jul 23, 2016

BitSummit reveals the reach of indie games

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BitSummit, the independent game festival annually held in Kyoto, has grown rapidly in the four years since it went from being an idea in founder James Mielke’s head to a respected event that developers and fans from around the globe look forward to each ...

Console makers banking on virtual reality

| Jul 20, 2016

Console makers banking on virtual reality

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Gaming console maker Sony Corp. is betting big on virtual reality, with a new headset and a slew of games set for release later this year, while rival Microsoft Corp. is also developing its own hardware to make use of the immersive technology. Shawn ...

Sony climbs as games outlook makes up for earthquake damage

May 25, 2016

Sony climbs as games outlook makes up for earthquake damage

Sony Corp. shares rose as investors ignored a weak profit forecast, looking instead to the company’s long-term prospects in entertainment and sensors needed for driverless cars and other emerging products. In New York, shares rose even after the company issued an annual profit outlook ...

Mar 24, 2016

New Sony unit to bring hit games to smartphones

Sony Corp. is looking to extend its lead in video games by pushing into smartphones with titles derived from its top-selling PlayStation consoles. The electronics and entertainment conglomerate is creating a new unit called ForwardWorks Corp. that will develop and sell applications and content ...

PlayStation virtual reality gear to launch in October

Mar 16, 2016

PlayStation virtual reality gear to launch in October

Sony plans to make virtual reality — long the stuff of films set in the distant future — mainstream with the October release of PlayStation VR headgear priced at $399 (about ¥45,000). “Virtual reality represents a new frontier for gaming, one that will forever ...

Mar 15, 2016

Sony to expand nationwide U.S. network of online TV 'bundles'

Sony said Monday its Internet-based television service aimed at luring consumers away from cable subscriptions was being expanded to the entire U.S. market. The PlayStation Vue will offer streamlined “bundles” for as little as $30 a month without long-term contracts. The network, launched in ...

Pikachu finds his voice

| Feb 27, 2016

Pikachu finds his voice

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Pikachu finds his voice The Great Detective Pikachu of “Meitantei Pikachu: Shin Konbi Tanjyou” is very different from other pikachus. The biggest shocker is that, unlike the others, he can speak. In fact, this crime-solving little guy not only talks, he likes to do ...

Sony game unit SCE to change name in April

Jan 26, 2016

Sony game unit SCE to change name in April

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) will change its corporate name to Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC, or SIE, in line with its integration with another Sony Corp. group company on April 1. The word “Interactive” was adopted as part of the name to reflect the ...