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'Gears of War' videogame will stay in Xbox arsenal

Microsoft on Monday said that it bought the rights to "Gears of War" in a move that promises to keep the hit videogame franchise true to Xbox consoles. Microsoft and rival Sony in November released new-generation videogame consoles, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 respectively, and the battle for devotees includes exclusive games. "Gears of War" has been only available for play on Xbox consoles and Windows-powered personal computers.

Microsoft says it sold 3 million Xbox One consoles in 2013

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Microsoft says it has sold more than 3 million units of the Xbox One, the video game console it launched on Nov. 22, 2013. That means Microsoft Corp. sold 1 million of the consoles between Dec. 11 and the end of the year. Sony has not disclosed year-end figures for its gaming console, the PlayStation 4, though it may this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The figures are for sales to customers in 13 countries. Microsoft says demand for the Xbox One has been strong since its launch, selling out in many stores throughout the holidays.

Nintendo shares hit three-month high ahead of game release in U.S.

TOKYO (Reuters) - Shares in Nintendo Co Ltd <7974.T> climbed as much as 4.2 percent to a three-month high on Friday morning, ahead of the release of its latest Super Mario video game in the United States. Nintendo is to release Super Mario 3D Land game for its Wii U console later on Friday, as well as Mario Party: Island Tour and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for its handheld 3DS device. "Nintendo has got some good reviews for Mario games," a Tokyo-based trader said, with reference to the shares' rise on Friday.

New video consoles from Sony, Microsoft face changed entertainment, gaming landscape

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The last time Sony and Microsoft came out with new video game consoles, there was no iPad, the iPhone was months away and "FarmVille" and "Angry Birds" had yet to be conjured up.

Sony's PS4 tops Xbox One as gamers' holiday choice: Reuters/Ipsos poll

By Malathi Nayak SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - More U.S. shoppers prefer Sony Corp's upcoming PlayStation 4 than Microsoft Corp's Xbox One, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, as the industry's two leading videogame console makers prepare to do battle this holiday season. Asked about their interest in dedicated game devices, 26 percent of 1,297 people surveyed online last week say they are likely to purchase the new PlayStation 4 when available, versus 15 percent opting for the Xbox One.

Microsoft to unveil more TV projects for Xbox One entertainment hub

By Tim Kelly TOKYO (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp will follow its Steven Spielberg collaboration with more television projects aimed at positioning its new Xbox games console as a home entertainment hub. Microsoft and rivals Sony Corp and Nintendo Co Ltd have broadened the scope of games consoles by giving users the ability to play games whilst watching television, listening to music or communicating via video phone.

Sony takes on Microsoft, prices new PS4 below Xbox One

By Malathi Nayak LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sony Corp on Monday priced its latest PlayStation 4 console $100 lower than the new Xbox One by rival Microsoft Corp as competition for gamers' pockets intensifies ahead of the year-end holidays and gift-giving season. Sony said it would sell the latest PlayStation model for $399 late in the year shortly after Microsoft announced a $499 price tag for its first new Xbox in eight years and said it would go on sale in the United States in November.

Microsoft confirms Gamescom presence

Both Nintendo and Microsoft were conspicuous in their absence from the 2012 edition of Gamescom, the world's largest video games expo, but both will be returning to Cologne in 2013. Skipping out in 2012 had given more prominent platform time to Sony in its promotion of the PlayStation 3, portable Vita, and growing roster of innovative, exclusive, or indie-flavored games.

Microsoft confirms Gamescom presence

Both Nintendo and Microsoft were conspicuous in their absence from the 2012 edition of Gamescom, the world's largest video games expo, but both will be returning to Cologne in 2013. Skipping out in 2012 had given more prominent platform time to Sony in its promotion of the PlayStation 3, portable Vita, and growing roster of innovative, exclusive, or indie-flavored games.

Microsoft confirms Gamescom presence

Both Nintendo and Microsoft were conspicuous in their absence from the 2012 edition of Gamescom, the world's largest video games expo, but both will be returning to Cologne in 2013. Skipping out in 2012 had given more prominent platform time to Sony in its promotion of the PlayStation 3, portable Vita, and growing roster of innovative, exclusive, or indie-flavored games.
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