Nintendo may release a free-to-play version of its Steel Diver game by next year, seeing how that model could work in its portfolio of console-based games, Mayumi Negishi writes. If the free-to-play title proves popular, the company may consider offering games for smartphones as a next step, she notes.
The number of U.S. homes with intrusion alarm systems is forecast to grow from about 20% to 25%, possibly up to 28%, in the next three years, according to IMS Research. "The emergence of new market entrants, such as telecommunications companies, is expected to increase end-user awareness of home management systems, which combine traditional home security products with innovative home automation technology," said Adi Pavlovic of IHS, which owns IMS Research.
Apple is considering whether to make its iPhone displays bigger and whether to offer the handset in a wider variety of colors, Reuters reports, citing four people with knowledge of the matter. Those sources said the company may launch iPhone models in 2014 with 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch screens. Apple didn't comment on the report.
Electronic Arts says it is "formulating our policy" regarding used games for the new Xbox One console, according to EA's Frank Gibeau. "EA has a position of looking at used games from a user standpoint and a gamer standpoint," he said at an industry conference. Separately, in response to Microsoft's restrictions on the Xbox One, Occidental College student Gabe Bethke said, "A lot of people who are hardcore gamers are going to be turned off by the Xbox One. It has too many rules and restrictions."
Free-to-play video games are the best business model in the gaming business, and Nexon is looking to mobile games in North America as its next opportunity, according to Min Kim, the new CEO of Nexon America. "As a company, Nexon sees significant opportunities in mobile in North America and we will continue to develop immersive games that appeal to all types of audiences, regardless of the platform," he said.