'We Might See An Xbox 720 For $99'

What's happened in the business of video games this past week ...

QUOTE | "We might see an Xbox 720 for $US99" — Analyst Michael Pachter, talking about how the Xbox 720 might sell for as little as $US99 if US purchasers buy a two-year cable TV subscription.

QUOTE | "They have a major issue with the capability of the Wii U console." — Dean Takahashi, veteran journalist at VentureBeat, talking about the Wii U's difficulty in driving multiple displays with a single processor.

QUOTE | "It's important that we don't get into a position where we're... just mailing it in and shipping bad games." — Frank Gibeau, head of EA Labels, talking about their continued push to gain share in the shooter market.

QUOTE | "Fils-Aime is effectively complaining about having a fanbase who are clamouring to buy his company's products." — Rob Fahey, former editor of GamesIndustry.biz, talking about Nintendo's comments about how gamers are impossible to satisfy.

QUOTE | "When you run a dedicated, very well-executed PR campaign, it does nothing, absolutely nothing." =- Natural Motion CEO Torsten Reil talking about how PR and marketing don't seem to help mobile game sales.

STAT | 2.22 million — The number of 3DS units that Nintendo sold in Japan in the first half of 2012, according to data from Famitsu; the PlayStation 3 was second with 695,000 units sold.

STAT | 67 per cent — Percentage of US gamers that acquired at least one game in the first three months of 2012, according to NPD; the number rose to 75 per cent for online gamers.

QUOTE | "Neither Pincus nor any other Zynga executive ever dropped the F-bomb." — Steve Peterson, West Coast Editor for GamesIndustry International, talking about why Zynga never even said the word "Facebook" in their big press event this week.

QUOTE | "Dotcom traffic may be growing a few per cent, but the mobile and social platforms are exploding." — Brad Winters, GM of GameTrailers.com, talking about where their viewers are coming from these days.

STAT | 400 million — Total number of Android devices activated so far, according to Google; the number was only 100 million about a year ago.

QUOTE | "We do not expect most of them to spend money, and we don't need them to." — Chief Marketing Officer David Reid of CCP, talking about their upcoming Dust 514 free-to-play shooter coming to PlayStation 3.

QUOTE | "The most senior staff will have had one very specific audience in mind — the stock market." — Rob Fahey, veteran journalist, talking about how E3 presentations are ultimately trying to impress investors.

This Week in the Business courtesy of GamesIndustry International

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    "X-Live" The On Live copycat where all your games are played online for a premium subscription service. That's my prediction for the "720"

    "QUOTE | “It’s important that we don’t get into a position where we’re… just mailing it in and shipping bad games.” — Frank Gibeau, head of EA Labels, talking about their continued push to gain share in the shooter market."


    Holy crap, I thought that was a black Jimmy Fallon in the picture there for a second

    Hell no I won't get this @ all no contract for me

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