Games consoles


Xbox launch contributes to record traffic for ISPs in the UK

A number of UK ISPs saw record amounts of internet traffic on November 10 as Microsoft rolled out its latest generation of games consoles.  Virgin Media said that it experienced the highest amount of data consumption on record, with 108 Petabytes of data consumed. This, the operator said, translated to a total of more than […]

Microsoft to offer free Disney+ trial to Game Pass Ultimate subscribers

Microsoft has announced that subscribers to its Xbox Game Pass Ultimate offering will receive a month’s free subscription to Disney+. Game Pass Ultimate is not a cloud streaming service similar to Google Stadia and Amazon Luna. Instead, gamers are able to access a catalogue of more than 400 titles for a flat monthly fee. Microsoft […]

Sky Deutschland launches Ticket on new Xbox and PlayStation consoles

Pay TV operator Sky Deutschland is launching its low-cost OTT option Sky Ticket on new game consoles the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S and PlayStation 5. The service will be available on the Microsoft device on November 10 and on Sony’s PlayStation on November 19. Sky Ticket providers a reange of entertainment and […]

Chromecast continues to lead streaming device market

Google’s Chromecast led the global digital media streamer market for the fifth consecutive quarter in Q3, accounting for 35% market share, according to Strategy Analytics. The research firm’s ‘Global Connected TV Device Vendor Market Share: Q3 2015’ report said that global shipments of digital media steamer devices reached 9.2 million in the third quarter. Chromecast […]

Gesture control shipments to grow 10%, says IHS

Shipments of gesture-sensing control interfaces, on devices including smart TVs, are set to grow 10% year-on-year to reach 1.8 billion units in 2015, according to IHS. The research firm claims that the shipments will rise as emerging virtual reality games, smartwatches, smart TVs and other consumer electronics and IT applications enter the market. Optical-based 3D […]

US homes have an average 1.9 connected TV devices

The average US home now has 1.9 connected TV devices, with ownership of this technology having grown by 28% year-on-year, according to Strategy Analytics. The research firm said that ownership of devices including smart TVs, smart Blu-ray players, IP-enabled game consoles and digital media streamers was up by 5% quarter-on-quarter in Q3 2014 and 28% […]

Web-connected TV figures top 60%

Some 63% of broadband households in the US have at least one TV set that is connected to the internet, according to new research by The Diffusion Group (TDG).  The research firm claims that the January 2014 figure compares to a web-connected TV penetration rate of 53% at the beginning of 2013, and includes smart […]

More than six billion web-enabled devices to be produced this year

An estimated 6.18 billion internet-enabled devices, including smartphones, games consoles and tablets, will be produced this year, according to IHS Technology.  The new research claims that connected equipment production will grow 6% year-on-year from 5.82 billion in 2013 and will mark the “largest increase for the market in four years.” Devices expected to enjoy higher […]