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Next Xbox, PlayStation will cost $400 according to analyst

Next Xbox, PlayStation will cost $400 according to analyst

2013 definitely feels like the year of the next-gen console, with Microsoft and Sony both said to be prepping their next consoles for reveal (and possible release) this year. After spending some time at CES talking to game developers and distributors, analyst Colin Sebastian of Baird Equity Research is ready to predict a price point for these incoming consoles, saying in a note to investors today that both should launch with a price tag of $350-$400 here in the US. That includes the next PlayStation, remember, which is a far cry from the $499 and $599 price points its predecessor launched at.

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NVIDIA: We won’t be like greedy console companies with Project SHIELD

NVIDIA: We won’t be like greedy console companies with Project SHIELD

NVIDIA's Project SHIELD won't rely on premium games or locked-down ecosystems to offset hardware costs, unlike traditional consoles, with the company instead looking to free-to-play titles already proliferating on Android. "We'll make our money by selling the device to gamers" senior vice president of content and technology Tony Tamasi said today, contrasting NVIDIA's approach with that of printer ink merchants.

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Fez coming to other platforms, Polytron announces

Fez coming to other platforms, Polytron announces

Polytron's Fez, despite being an indie title that's exclusive to the Xbox 360, was easily one of the best games of the year. It's no surprise, then, that fans are wondering when Polytron will begin porting the game to other platforms, if it ever does at all. We've heard whispers of such ports in the past, but nothing was ever made official... until today, that is.

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The Walking Dead retail release plagued with freezing issues on Xbox 360

The Walking Dead retail release plagued with freezing issues on Xbox 360

Those who received a physical copy of The Walking Dead on Xbox 360 for the holidays are experiencing some rather game-breaking issues. It appears that some players are having to deal with freezing and stuttering while playing the game. If you've ever played one of Telltale's titles, you know that most of them make good use of quick time events - those aren't very easy to complete if your game is stuttering or freezing entirely.

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Ouya game console gets 10 more games

Ouya game console gets 10 more games

If you don't already know, there's about to be a new gaming console out on the market. It's called the Ouya, and it's an Android-powered, $100 gaming console that stormed past its Kickstarter goal a few months ago. Both Ouya and third-party developers are working hard to get a large sum of games on the new console before it launches in March.

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Blizzard has working console builds of Diablo III, still no announcement

Blizzard has working console builds of Diablo III, still no announcement

It's been a little while since we've heard from Diablo III, but today the game is working its way back into the news. Blizzard executives and designers recently told Polygon that the studio has a console build of Diablo III "up and running," once again thrusting the oft-rumored console port into the spotlight. Even though the team has made it far enough to have a functioning console build, Blizzard still isn't ready to make an official announcement.

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Wii U Japan sales top 300,000 during launch weekend

Wii U Japan sales top 300,000 during launch weekend

While players in North America and Europe have been enjoying their Wii Us for a little while now, the newest Nintendo console only launched in Japan this past weekend. We're now hearing the first numbers from the Wii U's Japan launch, with statistics from Media-Create putting the Wii U's launch weekend sales at 307,471. That certainly isn't bad, with Nintendo selling 400,000 Wii Us during the console's North American launch week (which just so happened to be the week leading up to Black Friday).

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PopCap reportedly working on triple-A console title

PopCap reportedly working on triple-A console title

Here's something that's pretty interesting: PopCap, developer of such casual gaming hits as Bejeweled, Plants vs. Zombies, and Peggle, might be working on a triple-A console title based on DICE's Frostbite 2.0 engine. Yes, that's the same Frostbite 2.0 that Battlefield 3 is built on. That's what a new job posting from Electronic Arts suggests anyway, which was discovered by Twitter user superannuation, a person known throughout the games industry for his talent of digging up job ads that give away a surprising amount of information.

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Ouya dev console shipping on December 28

Ouya dev console shipping on December 28

The Ouya game console already has the distinction of being one of the most highly-funded Kickstarter projects of all time, and it aims to become an innovative gaming machine that will change the way people think about gaming consoles. It's still up in the air whether the latter is true, but we'll find out starting next month, with Ouya dev consoles shipping on December 28.

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Xbox 360 sales rocket to 750,000 in US for week of Black Friday

Xbox 360 sales rocket to 750,000 in US for week of Black Friday

Black Friday and the days leading up to it were undoubtedly good for a lot of companies, but Microsoft had a pretty good week itself. The company announced today that it sold 750,000 Xbox 360s in the US during the week of Black Friday, which is technically counted as November 18-23. Selling nearly 1 million consoles in just six days is definitely impressive, especially when that console is six years old and will likely be replaced by new hardware soon.

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