<description/> <link>https://www.gameskinny.com/</link> <language>en</language> <copyright>Launch Media Network</copyright> <atom:link href="https://www.gameskinny.com/tag/survey130-polls-research/?format=rss" rel="self" type="application/rss+xml"/> <item> <title>PlayStation 4 to Outperform Xbox One by 40 Percent by 2019, says Strategy Analytics https://www.gameskinny.com/nk9ur/playstation-4-to-outperform-xbox-one-by-40-percent-by-2019-says-strategy-analytics https://www.gameskinny.com/nk9ur/playstation-4-to-outperform-xbox-one-by-40-percent-by-2019-says-strategy-analytics Thu, 19 Feb 2015 05:17:02 -0500 PR Newswire

BOSTON, Feb. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- With the PlayStation 4 (PS4), Sony is on a path to reproduce the success of the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo Wii, having shipped 18.5 million units in its first year as total Game Console shipments grew 11 percent year-on-year in 2014 to 34 million units. According to Strategy Analytics' Connected Home Devices (CHD) report, "Year One Shipments Show Strength of Console Gaming," the global installed base of Sony's PS4 is predicted to reach 80 million units by 2019, compared to 57 million for Microsoft's Xbox One, giving the PS4 a lead of 40 percent.

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  • Sony shipped 18.5 million PlayStation 4 units, far outpacing the 10.5 million units shipped in the first year of PS3 availability, nearly matching the 20.1 million units PS2 shipped during the same period of time.
  • Microsoft shipped 12.4 million Xbox One units, cruising past the 10.4 million Xbox 360 units shipped in its first year, but mirroring some of the difficulties of the PS3 launch, such as a high price point.
  • The struggling Nintendo Wii U is following in the footsteps of the GameCube, having shipped only 5.9 million units in its first year of availability, but appears to be staging a modest comeback with the release of several key first-party titles.

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Eric Smith, Senior Analyst, Connected Home Devices, said, "Despite reports to the contrary, the Game Console market is not dead. Core gamers have moved faster to this current generation than in any previous generation. The main difference in this generation is that casual gamers who bought a Wii are remaining largely on the side lines as free-to-play casual games and mid-core games on Tablets and Smartphones have captured this segment of consumers."

Michael Goodman, Service Director, Digital Media Strategies, added, "Strong Year One shipments and a quickly growing installed base for PS4 and Xbox One are proving that Game Consoles are still an essential part of the ecosystem. While cloud gaming may appear to obviate the need for expensive hardware at first blush, the more likely scenario will be an enhancement to hardware allowing for very powerful current generation game rendering locally and backward compatibility to large game libraries in the cloud."

About Strategy Analytics

Strategy Analytics, Inc. provides the competitive edge with advisory services, consulting and actionable market intelligence for emerging technology, mobile and wireless, digital consumer and automotive electronics companies. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Strategy Analytics delivers insights for enterprise success. www.StrategyAnalytics.com

US Contact: Eric Smith, +1 617 614 0752, esmith@strategyanalytics.com

Co-author: Michael Goodman, +1 617 614 0769, mgoodman@strategyanalytics.com

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Leading Digital Game Price Tracking Site CheapShark Announces They are now Tracking Over 30,000 Prices https://www.gameskinny.com/uvn14/leading-digital-game-price-tracking-site-cheapshark-announces-they-are-now-tracking-over-30000-prices https://www.gameskinny.com/uvn14/leading-digital-game-price-tracking-site-cheapshark-announces-they-are-now-tracking-over-30000-prices Tue, 09 Sep 2014 02:00:00 -0400 PR Newswire

CLEVELAND, Sept. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- When a website offers a valuable service that can immediately save shoppers money, it shouldn't come as a surprise that they become very popular. That's the case with the innovative digital game price tracking site CheapShark, who recently achieved the milestone of tracking 30,000 prices on digital games across multiple popular shopping choices. Having gotten their start over two and a half years ago, CheapShark has since grown both its service and user base. All signs point toward it continuing to rise in popularity.

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"CheapShark was created in March 2012 with a very simple goal in mind: to help make finding the best game deals easy," commented a spokesperson from the company. "Now 2 years later, with over 30K prices being tracked every day, and over a hundred thousand happy users, I think we've done just that! The near future promises even more. This is our passion and the more we can connect and offer value to gamers the happier we are about what we're doing."

Some of the stores featured on CheapShark include: Steam; Amazon, Gamer's Gate; GreenManGaming; GameStop; GameFly; and many more. The front page offers a quick glance at the top deals, with the option of digging deeper using filters and sorting options on a browse page which includes all 16 shops that the site currently tracks. Also featured is the ability to check the cheapest a game has ever been, and easily sign up for price alerts. Overall the site is dedicated to giving gamers the chance to quickly and easily compare deals and make a purchase decision that saves them the most money.

According to the company, they list only the top digital game stores, leaving out shady grey-market key resellers. This is a testament to the strong loyalty CheapShark feels for both gamers and game developers as well as the industry as a whole.

CheapShark uses a number of factors to determine how they rate different deals on digital gaming products. They include how new the game is; how deep a discount the deal offers; when the deal started; the game's metacritic rating, and more!

All this has led to the deal site becoming immensely popular with users.

Frank B., from California, recently said, "With CheapShark I don't have to search a dozen or more different stores for the best prices. Now I just check one site and I can be sure I'm getting the best game deals! I've used the site to help me with every game purchase I've made in the last year, and not regretted it once. My wallet is very thankful for the site!"

For more information be sure to visit http://www.cheapshark.com/.

Media Contact: Kevin Payravi, CheapShark, (614) 769-7750, kevin.payravi@cheapshark.com

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New Webroot Survey Reveals PC Gaming Vulnerable Against Online Threats https://www.gameskinny.com/d4tar/new-webroot-survey-reveals-pc-gaming-vulnerable-against-online-threats https://www.gameskinny.com/d4tar/new-webroot-survey-reveals-pc-gaming-vulnerable-against-online-threats Wed, 30 Jul 2014 03:00:00 -0400 PR Newswire

BROOMFIELD, Colo., July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --A new study on security and PC gamers, conducted by Webroot, the market leader in cloud-based, real-time Internet threat detection, details the security perspective of players on their gaming systems. The study indicates that many gamers either disable their security or remove it altogether, thereby sacrificing protection to maximize system performance and leaving themselves vulnerable to gaming-focused malware and cyber-attacks. The study also provides guidelines for protecting online gaming credentials, and other personal information against cybercriminals.

Key findings from the Webroot PC Gamer Security Study include:

  • Nearly half of gamers have experienced an online attack, with 55 percentof the attacks resulting in slow-down in system performance and impacted browser behavior.
  • 35 percentof PC gamers have either no security or just rely on free diagnostics or clean up tools.
  • Trojans, phishing and rootkits ranked top attacks against PC gamers.
  • "Effectiveness" and "does not slow down system performance" ranked as the most important security program characteristics for gamers considering a security solution.
  • "Proven performance results" was identified as the top influencer when trying a security program, above "recommendation from a pro gamer" or "free trial," indicating that gamers require proven protection that will allow systems to run at the speed modern gaming demands.
  • Web forums and fellow gamers are top sources to get information about Internet security.

The new report is based on survey responses gathered from more than 1,200 gamers during the E3 2014 Conference. It concluded that while a third of gamers do not use a security program citing gameplay, slowdown and too many alerts and interruptions as key factors 47 percent have experienced a malware attack. While running a gaming system without traditional antivirus security can improve gameplay performance, it exposes gamers to higher risk of security threats, including phishing attacks, malware and identity theft.

"We understand the high expectations that gamers have of their systems, and the frustration they have had with traditional antivirus programs. But the desire for performance can't be at the expense of protection there's too much to lose," said Mike Malloy, executive vice president of products and strategy at Webroot. "We believe by following some basic best practices and using a cloud-based security program that is very light on system resources, such as Webroot SecureAnywhere Gamer Edition, PC users don't have to choose between performance and protection."

What can gamers do?
To protect against cybercriminals who are targeting gamers to gain access to their online gaming credentials, and other personal information that can be exploited for profit, Webroot recommends gamers:

  1. Install a cloud-based anti-malware program. This next generation of PC security does not rely on local threat signatures so it provides dramatically superior system performance compared to traditional antivirus software.
  2. Keep antivirus software up-to-date. The previously mentioned cloud-based anti-malware technology is one of the best ways to ensure protection is always current as it does not need threat signature updates.
  3. Use browser-based URL filtering. Warns users before they access a malicious or undesirable website.
  4. Deploy anti-phishing detection. Online gaming credentials are frequently targeted by cybercriminals who can exploit the information for profit.
  5. Avoid free public Wi-Fi. Stick to secure networks whenever you're gaming on the go.

About Webroot
Webroot is the market leader in cloud-based, real-time Internet threat detection for consumers, businesses and enterprises. We have revolutionized Internet security to protect all the ways users connect online. Webroot delivers real-time advanced Internet threat protection to customers through its BrightCloud security intelligence platform, and its SecureAnywhere suite of security products for endpoints, mobile devices and corporate networks. Over 7 million consumers, 1.5 million business users, and 1.3 million mobile users are protected by Webroot.Market-leading security companies, including Palo Alto Networks, F5, Cisco, RSA, NetCitadel, GateProtect, Microsoft and others choose Webroot to provide advanced Internet threat protection for their products and services. Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Colorado, Webroot is the largest privately held internet security company in the United States operating globally across North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. For more information on our products and services, visit www.webroot.com.

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