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Image: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Sony revealed during a presentation to media and investors on Wednesday that 41% of PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 owners are girls or women, up from 18% for the late '90s launch of the original PlayStation.

Why it matters: Games aren't just a guy thing and haven't been for a long time.

  • Sony PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan said the increase in female ownership has been "assisted by the growing diversity in our industry's workforce and by a growing catalogue of iconic female characters."

That updated demographic information was part of a bullish Sony-spanning presentation designed to delight investors.

Other PlayStation highlights from the event:

  • The $500 PS5 standard edition will break even for Sony in June, Ryan said, a stunning revelation given the industry standard proposition that consoles are sold at a loss and profit is made from game sales.
  • More PlayStation games are coming to PC, and a slide on the topic showed an "Uncharted 4" logo, signaling an otherwise unannounced PC port.
  • PS5 owners used their systems an average 51.5 hours in March, up from 34.6 hours per user in 2014 during the PS4's first March.

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Remakes of Nintendo classics coming in November

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

The Nintendo Switch remakes of "Pokémon Diamond" and "Pearl," classics first released in 2006, will come out on Nov. 19.

The big picture: As much as the video game industry and its culture focus on the novelty of new releases, 2021 is shaping up to be a showcase for the appeal of the old.

Updated 3 hours ago - World

North Korea claims latest missile test new weapon launched from submarine

North Korean state media claims the country's military fired this missile on Tuesday. Photo: Korean Central News Agency

North Korean state media announced that a detected ballistic missile launch off its east coast on Tuesday was a newly developed weapon test-fired from a submarine.

Why it matters: Pyongyang's latest in a series of recent missile launches into the sea happened hours after U.S. officials emphasized their commitment to restart negotiations on North Korea's nuclear weapons program, which have stalled since talks broke down during the Trump administration, AP notes.

5 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Manchin's massive means test

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is offering progressives a trade: He'll vote for their cherished social programs if they accept strict income caps for the recipients, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.

Why it matters: Manchin’s plan to use so-called means-testing for everything from paid family medical leave to elder and disabled care would drastically shrink the size and scope of the programs. It also would bring a key moderate vote to the progressive cause.