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Presumed second-gen Nvidia Shield earns FCC approval for imminent launch

For better or worse, Nvidia’s Shield experiment is praise-worthy, regardless of sluggish sales and overall middling critical reception. Granted, the handheld console is years away from revolutionizing the mobile game market, as Nvidia probably envisioned, but a sequel is in the works and leaked info makes it look pretty amazing. As long as it’s legit.

Competitive game streams were watched for 2.4B hours in 2013

YouTube will reportedly buy Twitch for an estimated $1 billion and to people who are not in the eSports community, the benefits of that may be difficult to understand. For some people, Twitch may be a site that they have never even heard of, yet for gamers, it is their home away from home. Research firm IHS has released a report showing just how popular services like Twitch are and the report’s data also sheds some light on why YouTube would be interested in buying Twitch

Valve VR headset stepping into the spotlight

Valve is moving its virtual reality headset into the public eye after working with developers in private for months. The Oculus-like device was demoed at a VR meetup in Boston, Massachusetts on Monday, allowing regular consumers to see how the product works and how it compares to other virtual reality headsets.

Valve Steam Machines pushed back to 2015

Valve has pushed back the expected release date for its Steam Machine consoles and the Steam controllers from 2014 to 2015. A post on the Steam blog from Valve’s Eric Hope explains that the company has made the decision to extend the development period primarily to fix issues with the Steam controller, suggesting that the actual Steam Machines are good to go.

Sony creating new Chinese venture for PlayStation sales

Microsoft will likely end up being the first foreign gaming company to release its products in China since a ban on consoles and games was put in place, but new reports state that Sony is set to enter the market as well.

Microsoft’s Surface Mini tablet a no-show later?

Full pricing and partial specs of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet were leaked yesterday. We’re excited about the announcement which is supposed to happen in less than 24 hours, today May 20, but its companion Microsoft Surface mini could be delayed. This means only the Surface Pro 3 will be shown off.

Ubisoft CEO happy with Xbox One price cut

Ubisoft is apparently quite happy with Microsoft’s decision to come out with a cheaper Xbox One that excludes the Kinect. During a post-earnings financial call Friday, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said that he is happy with the price cut as it means both the PS4 and Xbox One are affordable and, of course, more Xbox One sales means more Ubisoft game sales.

Google hires Ivy Ross as new Google Glass head

The new chief of Google Glass, Ivy Ross, was a part of retail companies like Swatch, Coach, Mattel, Calvin Klein, Bausch & Lomb, Art.com, and Gap. Ivy Ross’ extensive experience in marketing could definitely help Google transform Google Glass into a fashionable accessory.

Does anyone care that Flappy Bird is returning to the app store?

Well, if you never got the chance to download Flappy Bird before it was pulled, August will give you that second chance. Nguyen said in an interview with CNBC that the app will include multi-player capabilities and be less addictive…whatever that means. Also, that sounds like a GREAT business model. But who am I to judge?

Microsoft will hand out refunds for Xbox Live

On Tuesday, Microsoft announced that it would be removing certain services from the clutches of Xbox Live Gold and among those services are Netflix and Hulu Plus. Since Microsoft recognizes that some people have signed up for Gold simply to gain access to streaming content like Netflix it has announced that partial refunds will be provided to people who cancel their subscription.

Sony expecting losses once again despite PS4 sales

Sony is one again expecting to post a financial loss for the current fiscal year following a $1.25 billion net loss in 2013. Sales have recently been picking up for the company thanks to smartphones and the very successful PS4 but once this fiscal year ends, Sony expects that it will have lost $489 million, its second consecutive lost.

Xbox Live Gold May No Longer Be Necessary When Accessing Netflix

There are definitely more than enough reasons why someone would benefit from paying for Xbox Live Gold every month but according to Ars Technica, access to Netflix and Hulu may no longer be one of those reasons. Ars Technica’s sources have revealed that Microsoft will no longer make people pay for Gold if they want access to certain high-profile streaming apps on the Xbox 360 or Xbox One.