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24 Jan, 2004 By: Hive News

Sony Claims 60 Percent of Game Revenue
Fueled by strong sales of its PlayStation video game franchise, Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) said it generated $5 billion in sales, 60 percent of all 2003 video game industry revenue, according to research firm The NPD Group. Foster City, Calif.-based SCE said it sold 100 million units of its PlayStation software, which included a 24 percent increase in PlayStation 2 software compared with 2002.

Nintendo Does Dual
Nintendo has unveiled in Japan a dual-screen handheld video game system called Nintendo DS. The DS, which is designed to compete against Sony's much-anticipated PSP PlayStation console, will be unveiled in May at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) trade show in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Nintendo said last September's price cut of its GameCube to $99.99 helped 2003 sales of the console top 2002 totals by 70 percent.

Apex Is Best
Ontario, Calif.-based manufacturer of DVD-related entertainment products Apex Digital's PC game console, ApeXtreme, was honored as “best new home audio or video product” at the Consumer Electronics Show held earlier this month in Las Vegas.

Video Game Premieres at Sundance
French-based video game publisher Ubisoft last week debuted Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow at a separate event during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The company said it was the first time a video game had been launched in conjunction with a film festival. The game streets March 16.

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