Category: Microsoft

How Netflix Streaming on Xbox 360 Works

Posted by: Matt Vella on July 22

One of the most exciting announcements out of this year’s E3 was the deal to bring near-instant streaming movies from Netflix to subscribers with an Xbox 360. The arrival of…

LeakGate: Microsoft and Activision Plans Out of the Bag

Posted by: Matt Vella on June 16

Gamers are gleefully mulling over the contents of leaked documents that just may reveal top-secret projects from Activision and Microsoft. Gaming blogs exploded over the weekend in reaction to the…

Microsoft’s Xbox 360 HitsThe Big 1-0

Posted by: Matt Vella on May 14

Just as the bitterly-fought race for the Democratic presidential nomination comes to an end, the tit-for-tat of the console race between Sony and Microsoft is heating up. Microsoft is taking…

Will The Real Master Chief Please Stand Up

Posted by: Matt Vella on March 25

Here’s the thing about user generated content…it has a gnarly penchant for mixing, mashing up, and re-mixing without much regard for traditional boundaries. These two highly polygonal Master Chief models…

After Le Divorce, Microsoft Eyes Blu-ray

Posted by: Matt Vella on March 11

With the HD-DVD high-definition video format dead, Microsoft (MSFT) is moving to make amends with Sony (SNE) and make its operating system and Xbox 360 console compatible with the victorious…

What’s Wrong With Nintendo’s Stock?

Posted by: Matt Vella on February 06

Call it the hard bigotry of high expectations. Nintendo (NTDOY) may be coming off a blockbuster 2007 when Wii units and DS portables blew off store shelves, but that hasn’t…

PSN, Sony’s Innovation Engine

Posted by: Matt Vella on January 16

I wrote a piece earlier this week examining the budding competition between console download services, particularly between Sony’s Playstation 3 Network and Microsoft’s Xbox Live Arcade. Quickly mentioned in the…

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No longer child's play, the booming global games market is worth billions of dollars. In Games, Inc., BusinessWeek Innovation writer Matt Vella and Tokyo correspondent Kenji Hall analyze emerging business trends in video games and interactive entertainment. They’ll examine everything from button-mashing, chart-topping, console games to serious games commissioned by big corporations to train staff. They’ll also map the evolution of expansive virtual worlds and go behind the strategies at companies that are turning play into big business.

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