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GameStop Execs Talk PS3, Wii, Xbox 360 Prospects

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375w ago - As part of an in-depth interview published today, GameStop VP Bob McKenzie has been commenting in detail on the retailer's impressions of the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii going into this holiday season.

Starting with the PlayStation 3, when asked how he feels about Sony's next-gen console now that it's moving into its second Christmas, senior merchandising VP McKenzie commented:

"I think that has a lot of different opportunities, because it brings in a different type of consumer. It's really the higher end. It's the core consumer that wants the latest and the greatest. They're more into the technology, they probably already own a high definition television, and surround-sound entertainment system."

Then, when asked if the PlayStation 3 (currently the worst-selling of the three next-gen consoles) is "living up to its potential just yet", McKenzie's response was:

"I think they're not there yet. I think they've done some moves recently, with the mark-down on the sixty-gig that will help to show that they are reacting. That they see the opportunity, and they know that they need to continue to stimulate that. The eighty-gig is coming out now, and having a game packed in, they see that they have a little catching up to do."
 

The View From GameStop's Window: Retail Giant Talks Gaming In 2007

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375w ago - As previously reported on Gamasutra, the GameStop Expo is one of the most relevant events on the gaming calendar -- but one few know much about. Every year, managers from GameStop's some 5,000 retail stores gather to be presented the holiday lineups of publishers both major and minor in a trade show environment.

At this year's Expo, held at Las Vegas's Mandalay Bay casino/hotel, Gamasutra sat down with some of GameStop's senior management, including senior merchandising VP Bob McKenzie and marketing VP Tom DeNapoli.
 

Xbox 360 Could be 'Distant Third' By 2009

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375w ago - DFC predicts the game industry as a whole could generate $47 billion that year.
According to a series of recent reports by the research group DFC Intelligence, the game industry is poised to see enormous overall growth in 2009, just in time for the Xbox 360 to slip to a distant third place in the console race.

DFC estimates that the videogame market will swell to $47 billion by 2009, a 42 percent increase over the $33 billion generated by the industry in 2006. That forecast includes revenue from videogame hardware and software, dedicated portable system hardware and software (i.e. the DS and PSP - not mobile phones), PC games, and online PC and console games.

But the Xbox 360's selling power could be on the wane, according to DFC's research. The company has raised its forecast for the Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 3 and lowered its forecast for Microsoft's console, predicting that the Wii will stay on top at least through 2008 and that the PS3 will move into overdrive in 2009.

"The Xbox 360 will need to build a strong base outside North America to avoid being in a fairly distant third," said DFC analyst David Cole. "We could have a situation where the Wii sells more hardware units, but by 2012 the PlayStation 3 is generating more software revenue."

Using three separate market...
 

Intel Purchases Game Tools Firm Havok

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375w ago - Chip giant Intel has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire major game tools company Havok for an unspecified sum, with the Irish-based firm to become a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel.

According to an official statement released alongside the late-Friday announcement: "The acquisition will enable developers in the digital animation and game communities to take advantage of Intel's innovation and technology leadership in the creation of digital media."
 

Capcom: "Three huge announcements" next week

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376w ago - Will the trade shows please end?! Tokyo Game Show picks up where Games Convention left off (which picked up where E3 left off etc) next week, with Japanese publishers said to be unleashing their big guns on the Makuhari Messe crowd.

Capcom in particular has been tipped for deployment of "three huge announcements," according to Australian site Game Player, which says it became savvy to the info at the recent Activate Asia 2007 conference in Cairns.

The site is apparently sworn to secrecy, but says the info has it "busting at the seams with excitement." Could this finally be the Dead Rising 2 news we've been waiting on, seemingly forever?

We've fired off a phone call to Capcom's UK op and unfortunately, it looks like they're all on holiday. We've left a message with their PR overlord and hopefully they'll get back to us before Wednesday.
 
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