New Microsoft and Sony gaming consoles may not land until 2014

By on April 20, 2011 at 10:58 PM.

New Microsoft and Sony gaming consoles may not land until 2014

According to Kotaku, neither Microsoft nor Sony will launch new gaming consoles before 2014. “Both [Microsoft] and Sony are telegraphing to each other that they’re delaying, to milk the current [generation] and fill in previous craters better,” one source told Kotaku. By contrast, Nintendo’s next generation gaming console is expected to land sometime next year. Microsoft and Sony may decide to build onto the current systems, however; for example, Microsoft may release a “Kinect-upgraded” Xbox 360 in 2013. “Sony definitely isn’t launching a successor before 2014 and could stand to benefit by having Microsoft launch first as PS3 builds in North America and builds a strong position in Europe,” said Billy Pidgeon, an analyst with M2 Research. Microsoft has gone on the record saying that it will offer support for the Xbox 360 through 2015, but we’re curious how it will hold consumer interest in a system that made its debut in 2005. More →

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RBC: 185 million tablets sold by end of 2014, Android to dominate long-term

By on March 3, 2011 at 12:46 PM.

RBC: 185 million tablets sold by end of 2014, Android to dominate long-term

In a note to investors on Thursday, RBC Capital Markets General Manager Mike Abramsky reiterates the firm’s belief that the tablet market is poised to explode over the coming years. RBC forecasts a rise in global tablet revenue from $11 billion in 2010 to $70 billion in 2014, noting that leadership will be achieved through a differentiated user experience, innovation, value and the surrounding software ecosystem, among other things. Abramsky views Apple’s iPad as the clear leader in the space right now, though he notes that the iOS tablet’s dominance will likely be short lived. “While Apple’s iPad may continue to set the bar high for experience, we expect Android to dominate (40% share Tablets by 2014), given its broader support from OEMs and carriers and expected budget-priced Android Tablets from Asia,” Abramsky writes. But he also notes that several Android tablet makers will exit the market along the way. “Too many vendors entering the market sets up for a pending shakeout.”

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Yankee Group: eReader business to hit $8 billion by 2014

By on February 8, 2011 at 12:30 PM.

Yankee Group: eReader business to hit $8 billion by 2014

Do you feel special sitting at Starbucks with your venti, iced carmel macchiato (skim milk, two pumps, no whipped cream), wearing that fedora, and palming your eReader? If you do enjoy that sort of thing, you might want to wipe that smug grin off of your face, because according to research from the Yankee Group, eReaders are going to be a lot more common in the coming years. Analytics company Yankee Group estimates that 11 million eReaders were sold in 2010, generating a respectable $1.9 billion in revenue. What’s even more impressive is the analytics company predicts that sales will boom to 72 million units by 2014 generating revenues of around $8.2 billion. What will you do to establish non-mainstream street cred while at Starbucks? We’re not sure, but eReaders are so trendy now. More →

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