GameStop might generate the vast majority of its revenue from gaming, but the company is looking to expand rapidly in tech.
Speaking during a conference call after releasing fourth-quarter earnings last Thursday, GameStop said that its Technology Brands division — which includes all of the company’s Simply Mac, Spring Mobile, and Aio Wireless stores — will expand by 300 to 400 stores in the next 12 months. Some of the stores will be new premises opened as part of the company’s growth strategy, while others will join GameStop’s Technology Brands through acquisitions.
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Titanfall for Xbox 360 is receiving a two-week delay. Originally scheduled for titanfall on March 25, the game will now be ready for pilots on April 8 and April 11 in North America and Europe, respectively.
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Microsoft says that its next Xbox One update has started rolling out yesterday, less than a week before the launch of Titanfall. The update, detailed in February, will fix problems with joining and chatting with parties of your friends, prepare the console for the release of the Xbox One stereo headset and media remote, and add support for Twitch live streaming ahead of the service’s launch on the console.
The update retools the console’s UI, moving the user’s friends list to the front and center of the Xbox One’s friends homepage, and adds a list of recent players so users can send friend requests to amiable teammates. Players who set up parties with those friends will now have chat audio turned on by default, and will now be able to chat with people in the same party even when members of the group are playing different games. The update also introduces an “invite friends to game” option that will allow a user to join their friend’s multiplayer game with less hassle.
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Call of Duty: Ghosts is expanding once again with the release of the “Devastation” DLC pack on April 3.
Devastation marks the second of four major DLC releases for Call of Duty: Ghosts and brings with it four new multiplayer maps, alongside the second chapter of the alien-infested narrative attached to the Extinction gametype. The highlight of these new maps is a modern reimagining of “Dome,” a fan-favorite multiplayer arena first introduced in 2011’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Other maps include a wrecked shipping vessel pinned against an equally wrecked New York City bridge, a massive South American excavation platform and a Mayan temple inexplicably located at the top of a mountain.
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Twitch gameplay streaming is coming to Xbox One on March 11, Twitch and Microsoft announced today. The feature will be patched in to Microsoft’s console for the North American release of Titanfall. Twitch adds the ability to live stream games, join games with broadcasters, use voice commands to create your own game broadcasts, archive game clips, and later watch those clips on any device.
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The PlayStation 4 is now available in Sony’s home country of Japan, over three months after it first became available in the US. The release comes after Sony has racked up impressive figures elsewhere; the company announced earlier this week that it has sold over 5.3 million consoles worldwide as of February 8th, and managed to nearly double Microsoft’s Xbox One sales in the US for the month of January. It remains difficult to find on store shelves.
In Japan, the console is being offered in two packages: a regular edition for ¥41,900, and a bundle with the PlayStation Camera peripheral for ¥46,100.
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Microsoft’s spring update for the Xbox One is now live. The first update for the console packs a host of improvements, including better Kinect voice recognition, improved all-round stability, and some key fixes to the dashboard — such as onscreen meters for the controller’s battery and free HDD space . You’ll also be able to plug a USB keyboard in, which should make web browsing and searching a whole lot less painful.
The update is rolling out to customers during “off-peak” hours in their local time zones. If you’re taking advantage of Xbox’s Instant On feature, the console will check for an update next time you turn it off.
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PlayStation 4 owners can expect the launch of more than 100 games this year, Sony announced during a recent press event.
“Virtually all” of these titles will run natively in 1080p, said Sony Computer Entertainment vice president of marketing John Koller, including games such as Thief, Minecraft, Destiny and The Order.
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Amazon is looking to make a major push into the video game scene with its latest acquisition. According to TechCrunch, Amazon has picked up Double Helix Games, the studio behind the Xbox One reboot of Killer Instinct. Although several of their recent releases had been movie adaptations, Killer Instinct looked to be the beginning of a major turn for the studio. Strider, the next project from Double Helix (also an anticipated remake of a classic arcade game) is still a few weeks from launch, but preview coverage has been almost unanimously positive.
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Activision is clearly aware that many gamers are frustrated with publishers that like to release franchise squeals every year due to cuts on quality development. Activision just announced that Modern Warfare 3 creator Sledgehammer Games will become the third studio regularly producing Call of Duty titles, joining Infinity Ward and Treyarch.
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