Archive - Rob Fahey

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4 Smart device pivot could cost Nintendo at home

Opinion 6 days ago Kimishima embraces smartphones in his NX strategy, but it's a move that'll be tough to sell to the firm's most loyal customers - Japanese families

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6 2016 is about VR experiences, not VR sales

Opinion 13 days ago The biggest task facing VR in 2016 is getting as many consumers as possible to experience it, even if they can't buy into it yet

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9 What causes indie games to fail?

Opinion 20 days ago Studios are seeing diminishing returns, but most of those can be attributed to crucial misunderstandings of market realities

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15 Sony's making a big mistake by not addressing PS4.5 rumors

Opinion A month ago With stories flying of 4K, doubled GPU speeds and upgrades essential for PSVR, Sony needs to get back out in front of the narrative

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8 Wii U won't make it to Christmas, so what's next?

Opinion A month ago Newspaper reports of Wii U production ending are substantiated by Japanese retail shortages - indicating an NX announcement sooner rather than later

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2 What Miitomo really means to Nintendo

Opinion A month ago The first fruit of the firm's DeNA partnership is a very strange app - but offers clear evidence of a commitment to mobile, and ability to learn fast

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8 Microsoft needs to clearly articulate its vision for PC gaming

Opinion A month ago Developer unrest over the UWP is justified; MS has not earned the benefit of the doubt, and has a responsibility to be transparent with its partners

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20 Expectations mount for NX in 2016

Opinion 2 months ago Less and less time remains before the putative year-end launch for Nintendo's latest; is a console launch in this window even possible, let alone desirable?

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14 Microsoft hints at its Xbox endgame

Opinion 2 months ago Phil Spencer gave glimpses of a future for Xbox with short product cycles and a smartphone-like business model

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9 There's still merit in console secrecy

Opinion 2 months ago Not every studio gets the access needed to develop launch titles for new consoles - but there are solid commercial and economic reasons for that

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16 Smartphones that rival console performance are not a threat

Opinion 2 months ago Smartphone chipsets that rival the performance of the PS4 in late 2017 isn't a threat to consoles; the usage context remains entirely different

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13 No, Nintendo isn't going to make VR games

Opinion 3 months ago Saying it's “looking into” VR is merely Nintendo acknowledging VR's existence; the tech itself is anathema to Nintendo's whole design philosophy

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10 PlayStation's move to America won't change its DNA

Opinion 3 months ago Shifting the base of SCE from Tokyo to California seems dramatic - but PlayStation has always been an impressively international enterprise

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21 A final nail in the coffin of cloud streaming

Opinion 3 months ago Streaming gameplay from data centres was never a good idea, and now it's a dead one - but the tech that drove it is helping to reshape our industry

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10 Oculus must open the warchest and show us the software

Opinion 3 months ago $600 makes Oculus Rift into a platform, not a gadget - and that makes it absolutely essential that Oculus prove its worth in software

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10 Landing Kojima was a necessity for Sony

Opinion 4 months ago As third-party pubs become increasingly wary of the rising costs and high risk of AAA development, Sony must step into the breach to keep PS4 customers happy

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3 Streaming's dark underbelly couldn't stall its meteoric rise in 2015

Opinion 4 months ago Gamers tuned in in unprecedented numbers to watch each other play games this year

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8 Kickstarter failures highlight the "backer" vs "consumer" divide

Opinion 4 months ago Kickstarter must work to reduce the numbers, and improve the experience when things do go wrong

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1 Video Game Stocks Bounce Back in 2015

4 months ago Many game companies saw their shares rise to historic highs - here's how the Western firms fared in the last 12 months

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6 Why a 20m target for Nintendo NX is actually realistic

Opinion 5 months ago A much-maligned Digitimes report is actually far from crazy; Nintendo's historical data suggests that a 20 million target for NX is plausible

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23 'Gamer' isn't a single identity; we need diverse critics too

Opinion 5 months ago Backlash to Fallout 4 is founded on a daft premise - that all gamers prefer the same things - but critics need to stop echoing one another too

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3 Activision branches out, but it's a long way from "the next Disney"

Opinion 5 months ago Activision's near future is still in traditional PC/console titles, but it's laid the foundations for growth

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9 YouTube Red marks a turning point for games media

Opinion 5 months ago Google launching a subscription service focused on game content sends a clear signal; an era is ending in online advertising

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3 Payday 2 shows how not to change a business model

Opinion 6 months ago Overkill's in-game purchase may be working in the data, but alienating your most vocal fans comes at a huge cost

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17 Could a 2016 NX launch work to Nintendo's advantage?

Opinion 6 months ago Giving up on Wii U too early could alienate core fans - but if handled correctly, a 2016 launch could help to reverse Nintendo's home console fortunes