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The cost of gaming – 2018 video games sales totalled $43.4 billion in the US alone

Video games are big business. Not quite as big as Apple in a bad quarter but still pretty big for what’s still a fairly narrow form of entertainment. American market research firm the NPD Group has crunched the numbers and video games sales managed to rack up $43.4 billion in 2018. That’s about R600 billion here at home. That’s a whole lot of video games. Those sales numbers aren...[Read More]

In just nine years Huawei has overtaken Apple and has eyes on Samsung’s number one spot

Most people only know Chinese telecoms giant Huawei because of its smartphones, which this month overtook Apple to take the number two spot both globally and locally. They deserve it. Huawei only started making Android smartphones in 2009 and now make superb devices with luxurious materials, excellent quality screens and superb cameras. But Huawei is a global telecoms giant whose telecommunication...[Read More]

Huawei is now bigger than Apple, in terms of smartphone sales

This might come across as heresy but Apple isn’t quite the force in the smartphone world that it once was. Chinese company Huawei has come along and dislodged the American tech-maker from its long-held Number 2 spot in the world smartphone rankings. In terms of units sold, that is. The folks over at Counterpoint Research have been keeping tabs on recent smartphone sales and Huawei’s be...[Read More]

The Galaxy S8 is selling really, really well

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is selling really well — even before the handset is officially on-sale in most of the world. And this is in spite of, and perhaps the company wishes that people would shut up about this, the events of 2016 which saw the Note 7 being released to much fanfare, only to blow up in Samsung’s (and a few customers’) faces. You’d think that having to under...[Read More]

Nintendo’s Switch sells more than 1.5 million units in its first week

You might be sitting on the fence about getting your hands on Nintendo’s new Switch console and you’re probably not the only one. A few folks felt they had been burned by the ill-fated Wii U so some hesitancy is understandable. But, if early sales figures for the Switch are any indication, it looks like Nintendo’s going to have a better round this time around. Information, from F...[Read More]

Grand Theft Auto V passes 75 million units shipped

Way back in February 2014 Grand Theft Auto V was doing extremely well. The game had sold over 32 million units, making it the best-selling title of 2013. That was no small feat back then but the game has proved to have legs. How long are these legs? Well, GTA V has now passed over 75 million units shipped. These figures come from parent company Take-Two’s financial results for the third quar...[Read More]

Surprise, surprise: Apple has had a(nother) record first quarter

Apple has a sometimes confusing financial year. Their first quarter of their 2017 financial calendar ended on 31 December 2016, meaning that our Q4 2016 is Apple’s Q1 of the following year. It doesn’t make logical sense but from a reporting perspective it lets the company start each year with a bang. And bang they have, reporting a record Q1 2017. And when Apple sets a record, you have...[Read More]

Sony’s PlayStation 4 breaches the 30 million units sold barrier

Sony likes having something to crow about and we have to agree with them on this one: passing the 30 million units sold milestone with the PlayStation 4 is something to make noise over. Which is what Sony are doing at the moment, celebrating 30.2 million PS4s sold since its launch in 2013. That’s a worldwide total, as of 22 November this year, presumably incorporating all models and edition ...[Read More]

Fallout 4 ships 12 million, dents PornHub

If you’re reading this, the bombs have probably fallen. You’ve been in the Vaults for ages and probably haven’t seen daylight for just as long. But it’s time to emerge and take a shower, perhaps. We’re projecting, of course, because Fallout 4 has warped our fragile little minds. Bethesda’s biggest and baddest RPG to date, Fallout 4 has shipped 12 million units. ...[Read More]

Worldwide tablet sales falter for the first time in Q4 2014

Is it possible that tablets are coming to a saturation point? Er… probably not, given how popular the little handheld devices actually are but they have had their first worldwide slip, according to the IDC (International Data Corporation. You see, tablets actually had a pretty good year in 2014, with global sales up by 4.4% (that’s just shy of 230 million tablets sold across the board last year) b...[Read More]

PlayStation 4 consoles have found 18.5 million homes since launch

Sony and Microsoft both have their fanboys in the console sphere and it’s a foolish man or woman who wanders into the midst of an online flamewar about the merits of either console. Sony have been attempting to show up the Xbox One with regular releases of the numbers and they’ve just dropped another figure: 18.5 million. That’s the number of PlayStation 4 consoles that have been...[Read More]

CoD: Advanced Warfare is the largest entertainment launch of 2014 – according to Activision

We were wondering when this information was going to be popping up from Activision, the publisher behind Destiny and Call of Duty. It’s almost a yearly ritual, crowing about how well the latest installment of Call of Duty – in this case the Kevin Spacey vehicle Advanced Warfare – has done in comparison to everything else on the market. This year Activision are claiming the larges...[Read More]

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