• What a Pack-in Headset Says About the Future of Xbox One

    By Keith Noonan - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: MSFT, NTDOY.PK, SNE

    Microsoft(MSFT) is an American software giant that helped usher in the computer age. The company has also branched out into hardware manufacturing, creating devices such as the Zune, the Xbox console line, and the Surface Tablet.

    In planning and debuting its upcoming Xbox One videogame console, Microsoft has made a number of costly errors. Now, its recent decision to include a headset in every box portends bigger changes for more »

  • The Kinect Camera Is Still a Problem for Microsoft's Xbox One

    By Keith Noonan - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: MSFT, NTDOY.PK, SNE

    Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is one of the biggest companies in the tech industry. Its software helped to spur the personal computer revolution and the establishment of the Internet age.

    The company plans to debut a successor to its popular Xbox 360 console this fall, the Xbox One. The soon-to-be-released console has gotten off to a turbulent start, having to reverse course on a number of features, policies, and strategic visions more »

  • Why Nintendo's Wii U Failed

    By Keith Noonan - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: MSFT, NTDOY.PK, SNE

    Nintendo (NASDAQOTH: NTDOY.PK) is the largest video game company in the world by measure of revenue. The company produces handhelds and home console hardware and has created some of the most valuable intellectual properties in the industry.

    The company’s Wii U console is off to an abysmal start, shipping low numbers and failing to capture consumer interest. Nintendo stock currently trades at around $16, and I believe that it more »

  • Amazon's Rumored Console Could Be a Game Changer

    By Keith Noonan - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, MSFT, NTDOY.PK, SCHN

    Amazon (AMZN) is an American online retailer that has shaped the market for consumer goods in the digital age. The company stands as one of the largest online stores and has also branched out into the production of consumer electronics.

    Amazon has seen tremendous growth since its founding in 1994. The introduction and development of its Kindle e-reader platform proved successful, and now there are rumblings that the retail giant more »

  • Activion Blizzard In Good Position to Navigate Changing Industry

    By Keith Noonan - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, EA, NTDOY.PK

    Activision Blizzard (ATVI) is one of the largest publishers in the videogame industry. The company has established itself as one of the most powerful entities in gaming and one with the ability to shape the direction of the industry.

    Activision is the publisher of the hugely popular “Call of Duty” franchise which rose to blockbuster status during the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3/Wii generation and has an impressive array of more »

  • Sony's PS4 Poised to Regain Console Crown

    By Keith Noonan - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: MSFT, NTDOY.PK, SNE

    Sony (NYSE: SNE) is a Japanese company primarily known for its consumer electronics products. The company also operates entertainment and financial units.

    Its PlayStation gaming hardware, designed and managed by Sony Computer Entertainment, was introduced in 1994 and became the best selling console of the generation, establishing Sony as a major force in the industry. It was succeeded by the even more successful PlayStation 2 in 2000, which, in turn more »

  • Wii U Numbers a Catch-22 for Nintendo

    By Keith Noonan - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: MSFT, NTDOY.PK, NTDOF, SNE

    Nintendo (NASDAQOTH: NTDOY.PK) stands as one of the biggest hardware and software players in the videogame industry. Its properties include the Mario series and its spinoffs, Pokemon, and The Legend of Zelda.

    The company enjoyed extended periods of market dominance over the last decade as a result of its DS and Wii systems, which attracted new gamers with touchscreen and motion-based innovations respectively. Nintendo has not demonstrated an ability to more »

  • Free at Last: Will Shareholders Really Benefit From a Vivendi-Free Activision?

    By Jason Hall - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, EA, NTDOY.PK, TTWO

    The recent announcement that Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI) has entered into an agreement to acquire 429 million shares back from French conglomerate Vivendi for $5.83 billion in cash and debt, along with another 172 million shares being acquired by CEO Bobby Kotick and an investor group that includes Tencent for another $2.34 billion, has come as welcome news and a very big surprise. Shares shot up 15% on more »

  • Nintendo Faces Trouble Ahead

    By Keith Noonan - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, EA, NTDOY.PK

    Nintendo (NASDAQOTH: NTDOY.PK) has long been one of the chief players and innovators in the videogame industry. The company has been credited with bringing the videogame market back from the verge of complete collapse and maintains one of the most iconic and valuable casts of characters in the medium.

    It is my position that Nintendo stock is currently overvalued at a price of around $17. Nintendo has seen an rise more »

  • Video Game Firms Becoming User-Friendly

    By Phillip Woolgar - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: MSFT, NTDOY.PK, SNE

    As the release of two major consoles approaches, video game companies are preparing for what could be a very eventful fall. Two video game companies have decided to work with gamers in an effort to increase the appeal of their consoles.

    Nintendo's free game

    In a move on June 21 to increase users, Nintendo (NASDAQOTH: NTDOY.PK) announced it is attempting to develop its first free-to-play game. That shows the more »

  • Call of Duty, Warcraft, Starcraft: What's Not to Love About This Company?

    By Rupert Nicholson - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, EA, NTDOY.PK

    World of Warcraft, Call of Duty, Starcraft. What do these names have in common? They are all best selling video games, and they are all produced by Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI). The company was formed by a merger between Activision Entertainment and Vivendi Games in 2008. It was a merger between the primary developer of PC games and the primary developer of console games. 

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  • More Reasons To Avoid This Video Game Giant

    By Reuben Brewer - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: MSFT, NTDOY.PK, SNE

    Sony (NYSE: SNE) and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) are both bringing out new versions of their hit video game consoles to much fanfare. Nintendo (NASDAQOTH: NTDOY.PK) brought a new system out last year, and nobody noticed. Its latest move to save the Wii U won't change much.

    Casual Games

    Nintendo was really the first company to popularize casual games with the launch of its Wii game system. The revolutionary motion more »

  • Can Shield Win the Game for NVIDIA?

    By Dhara Thakkar - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: NTDOY.PK, NVDA, SNE

    Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA) has pioneered the art and science of visual computing. The company's technologies are transforming a world of displays into a world of interactive discovery - for everyone from gamers to scientists, and consumers to enterprise customers. But has the delay in its latest gaming device release worked for or against the company's new venture plan? Let's take a look.

    The plan

    NVIDIA, a graphics-chip specialist more »

  • Beware This Sweet Gaming IPO

    By Reuben Brewer - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: EA, NTDOY.PK, ZNGA

    King, the maker of Candy Crush Saga, is reportedly eyeing an initial public offering. While this single game is hot today, Zynga's (NASDAQ: ZNGA) fall from grace should be ample warning to investors. Most would be better off sticking to giant video game maker Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA).

    Casual Games

    While it may be hard to believe today, there was once no such thing as a casual video game more »

  • Little Games, Big Impact

    By Adam Levy - June 24, 2013 | Tickers: MSFT, NTDOY.PK, SNE

    Sony (NYSE: SNE) and Nintendo (NASDAQOTH: NTDOY.PK) aren’t afraid of mobile gaming. But the facts are that mobile game revenue surpassed portable console games at the end of last year and user engagement on smartphones and tablets continues to rise. Both companies could take a lesson from Nokia, the one-time champion of mobile phones, which didn’t see iOS or Android as threats either. We all know how that more »

  • Who Wins the Game Console War?

    By Reuben Brewer - June 20, 2013 | Tickers: MSFT, NTDOY.PK, SNE

    Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT) Xbox One is slated to cost $499. Sony's (NYSE: SNE) PlayStation 4 is going to list at $399. Let the war for gamer dominance begin!

    Coming this Winter

    Both Microsoft and Sony are planning to launch new game consoles in time for the holiday selling season. This has big implications for the entire video game industry, since the release of game machines is a key more »

  • Nintendo Wii Becomes a Console of the Past

    By Phillip Woolgar - June 17, 2013 | Tickers: MSFT, NTDOY.PK, SNE

    As the tech giants gathered for the E3 conference on June 10, Nintendo (NASDAQOTH: NTDOY.PK), a company that has been relatively silent of late, spent a few minutes discussing a new release of the videogame "Bayonetta."

    What this focus means

    This focus on a single videogame doesn't bode well for those holding stock in Nintendo.  After all, the company's flagship Wii is now nearly seven years old. The more »

  • Could Sony's PS4 Really Destroy Microsoft's Xbox One?

    By Yasir Idrees - June 14, 2013 | Tickers: MSFT, NTDOY.PK, SNE

    The tech sector is still one of the best sectors to invest in, as tech giants try to use the latest technology to produce newer and better products. Apple, Samsung and Google are among some of the hottest tech companies at the moment, looking to give investors a decent return. The gaming segment, along with the smartphone segment, is one of the most important parts of the tech industry, and more »

  • More Cuts at This Gaming Company

    By Reuben Brewer - June 14, 2013 | Tickers: EA, NTDOY.PK, ZNGA

    Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA) is undergoing another restructuring effort in an attempt to cut costs. Although the company helped create the social game market, it is increasingly feeling the pinch of competition in what has turned out to be a very fickle sector. Look for Sony and Microsoft to make things worse with new game console releases. Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA), meanwhile, looks well positioned to prosper.

    Broadening market

    Nintendo's more »

  • 3 Reasons The New Xbox Will Underperform

    By Marie Palumbo - June 13, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, MSFT, NTDOY.PK, SNE

    Since its blockbuster release in 2005, Microsoft’s (NASDAQ: MSFT) Xbox 360 stood as a staple in both the family room and the college dorm. However, Microsoft’s strong grasp on the gaming market might be slipping due to recent trends. The culprit? There are three.

    Before we dive in, note that my colleague wrote an opposing post.  To see "Why Everyone Will Buy the Xbox One," read this post more »

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