Sony Corp. unveiled the PlayStation 4, its first new console in seven years, taking the battle to Microsoft Corp. with a lower-priced machine, original content and fresh titles as it targets a return to video-game dominance.
Walt Disney Co. showcased “Lone Ranger” and “Monsters University” characters tied to its Infinity video-game platform, which goes on sale in August and is designed to boost the company’s money-losing interactive unit.
Microsoft Corp., seeking to position its Xbox One entertainment console as the premium living-room choice for gamers as well as families, showed exclusive titles such as “Halo” and set a price that surprised analysts.
Gun-toting fighters take a back seat to Microsoft Corp. and Sony Corp. this week as the console makers battle to show they’ve got the best plan for selling pricey machines in the age of cheap play on phones and tablets.
Activision Blizzard Inc., the world’s largest video-game publisher, has halted discussions on buying back shares held by parent company Vivendi SA amid a disagreement on price, people with knowledge of the talks said.
Microsoft Corp. unveiled its first new Xbox in almost eight years, seeking to position the console at the center of games and home entertainment against a growing roster of competitors that includes Apple Inc. to Facebook Inc.