206w ago - Sony has confirmed via Bloomberg News report that its main company and the PlayStation 3 based Sony Computer Entertainment subsidiary will combine hardware distribution operations in an effort to cut costs.
The two divisions are planning combine forces to put physical distribution of Sony products under one unified roof.
Previously, Sony's televisions and other hardware were distributed by a separate set of employees in the parent company.
To quote: "Sony Corp. plans to consolidate its international distribution operations with those of its video- games unit this fiscal year to reduce overlapping costs.
The Tokyo-based company and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., which sells PlayStation 3 software and hardware, will combine distribution routes and jointly bid for contracts, spokeswoman Mami Imada said, confirming an earlier report by the Nikkei newspaper. Imada declined to give specific figures on the estimated savings."
254w ago - According to an insider, Team XBox has the scoop that the first wave of Microsoft job cuts will hit the Entertainment and Devices division, including Xbox, Zune and Windows mobile.
But as they point out, its a bit surprising as the division experienced good revenue growth last quarter.
To quote: Yesterday, we told you that Microsoft will cut 5,000 jobs over the next 18 months, with 1,400 of those being cut as early as this month.
I'm hearing from my sources that the Entertainment and Devices (E&D) unit – the group that is responsible for Xbox, Zune and Windows Mobile – is being hit with the bulk of the immediate 1,400-person cuts. (I have no specifics about how this will affect Microsoft's product roadmap, but stay tuned.)
This comes as a surprise, considering that the Entertainment and Devices (E&D) revenue grew 3% driven by strong holiday demand for Xbox 360 consoles with a record 6 million units sold in the quarter.
257w ago - According to a story published by The Times, insider sources from Sony Corp. say the company is in for some "sacred cow-slaying" cost cuts.
This alleged drastic restructuring goes so far as to suggest that there will be closures of company factories and that major divisions will be shut down. This news comes roughly a month after it was revealed that Sony had plans to cut 8,000 jobs from its non-SCEA workforce.
However, as MCV (linked above) reports, Sony is already denying the supposed corporate restructuring. "We do not plan to announce additional restructuring measures at this time," said Sony spokesman Atsuo Omagari. "We don't have any such plan."
Whether true or not, Sony's corporate outlook is rather dire; analysts are saying that a radical restructuring is long overdue. They suggest that Sony needs to focus on content and software, and to give Sir Howard Stringer complete control of the business.
"The most important thing is that, to improve organizational strength in the areas of development, purchasing and marketing, it will be necessary to further concentrate power in the hands of [Sir Howard] and unless this is achieved we believe [Sony] will be unable to...
290w ago - When it comes to the PC, Microsoft can survive on Age of Empires and Flight Simulator, but what about the Xbox 360?
Just to give you guys a run down, here's a list of Microsoft's upcoming game's and their release dates courtesy of IGN: (Excluding XBLA)
Gears of War 2: November 2008
Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise: September 2008
Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts: November 2008
Fable 2: November 2008
Too Human: August 19 2008
Ninja Gaiden 2: June 3rd 2008
Halo Wars:TBA 2008
Alan Wake: TBA 2009
Go! Go! Break Steady: TBA 2008
Alan Wake: TBA 2009
Sensible World of Soccer: TBA 2008
The PC line up is disappointing for 2008 and it really doesn't seem like they have anything announced for 2009.
E3 is coming up so you may wonder, what can Microsoft announce for either PC or Xbox 360? Here's a list of their franchise's that could see a possible future.
Kung Fu Chaos
Microsoft Simulator series
Shadowrun (Was leant to Smith and Tinker)
Age of Empires
Age of Mythology
Project Gotham Racing