In the News #33 – 2/25/2008

Daily News for February 25th, 2008.

  • Phil Harrison, the President of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, has announced that he is to be parting ways with the company after 15 years on the job. In a statement released today, Harrison said that his resignation will be effective as of February 29th, 2008.
  • Electronic Arts attempted to buy out Take-Two Interactive over the past couple of days, but Take-Two gave them a final answer of “Not right now.” After all of that was said and done, EA made a new website directly regarding this situation. You can find it at: eatake2.com
  • Microsoft has announced that they are completely shutting down their HD-DVD format. They will no longer build the add-on HD-DVD player for the Xbox 360, but will continue customer support on existing units.
  • It has also been announced that the HD-DVD player add-ons for the Xbox 360 have received a major price drop from $129.99 to $49.99. The package contains the player, an Xbox 360 Media Remote, a USB 2.0 cable and a copy of King Kong on HD-DVD.
  • This doesn’t affect the game industry directly, but Sony has announced several changes to the administration of the company other than Phil Harrison resigning. Robert Dyer will be Senior Vice President of Publisher Relations, Ian Jackson will be Vice President of Sales and Sally Buchanan will be Vice President of Human Resources.
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