Yuji Nakamura

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20 Mar 2019 | 1:06 PM

Nintendo, Sony fall after Google unveils a gaming service

Sony Corp and Nintendo Co shares slid after Alphabet Inc’s Google outlined a major push into videogames with a streaming service called Stadia.

7 Mar 2019 | 2:30 PM

Nintendo unveils virtual reality cardboard headset for Switch

Nintendo Co’s Switch hybrid is making its first foray into virtual reality games.

Nintendo Labo VR goggles for the Nintendo Switch. — Nintendo
20 Feb 2019 | 4:47 PM

Sony opens up internal startup programme to anyone with an idea

Sony Corp, once known for innovations like the Walkman, will begin to back entrepreneurs outside the company with money, marketing support and more as it seeks more breakthroughs.

14 Feb 2019 | 12:18 PM

Nintendo unveils new Mario, Zelda games in bid to boost Switch

Nintendo Co has unveiled 18 previously unannounced games as the company doubles down on software titles to revive slumping sales of the Switch console.

12 Feb 2019 | 6:30 PM

Sony names new PlayStation chief for the second time in two years

Jim Ryan will be taking over as president of Sony Interactive Entertainment on April 1.

Sony’s shares fell 11% last week after the company reported a worse-than-projected profit at its videogames division. — Bloomberg
28 Dec 2018 | 2:30 PM

Sony boosts 3D camera output after interest from phone makers

Sony Corp, the biggest maker of camera chips used in smartphones, is boosting production of next-generation 3D sensors after getting interest from customers including Apple Inc.

A prototype of Sony Corp’s 3D camera module is arranged for a photograph at the company’s Atsugi Technology Center in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. — Bloomberg
5 Dec 2018 | 12:30 PM

Huawei said to debut 3D camera phone powered by Sony sensors

Huawei Technologies Co is planning to unveil a new phone with a camera capable of taking three-dimensional pictures, people familiar with the matter said.

Besides generating pictures that can be viewed from numerous angles, Huawei’s new camera can create 3D models of people and objects that can be used by augmented-reality apps, according to one of the people. — AFP
28 Nov 2018 | 2:30 PM

Nintendo Switch loses shine with shipments seen missing target

With few attractive titles for the holiday shopping season and shipments on track to fall short of the company’s targets, doubts are growing whether Nintendo Co’s Switch can ever become a mass-market product.

The Switch has struggled to find customers beyond a core fan base. It is on track to reach 35 million unit shipments by March, according to the average of eight analysts’ estimates compiled by Bloomberg, short of Nintendo’s target of 38 million. — Bloomberg
9 Nov 2018 | 10:00 AM

Amazon Go has a real rival in Japan and its stock is soaring Inc is betting that stores of the future won’t have any clerks or registers. A company in Japan thinks it can get there first.

5 Nov 2018 | 5:30 PM

Tencent to check all gamers’ IDs by 2019

Tencent Holdings Ltd will expand its age-verification system to encompass its entire games line-up, an unprecedented undertaking in response to growing criticism it encourages addiction among youths.

Young boys play the game "Honour of Kings". intends to check all gamers’ identities against police databases by 2019, extending a procedure it pioneered for the mobile phenomenon Honour of Kings. — Reuters