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  • Doctalen - November 20, 2013 5:36 p.m.

    No matter how much I dislike the Xbox one and no matter how similar it is to the PS4, simply dropping it isn't a good idea. As was mentioned, their entertainment department is bleeding money. But I'd imagine the Xbox brand name is the only thing stopping a trickle from becoming a geyser. Plus as a consumer, what does Microsoft offer entertainment wise that isn't the Xbox? Zune, pretty sure that's dead and gone. Unless some idiot at Microsoft classifies software development as entertainment, they are struggling to find anything else worth backing. I did a quick search for Microsoft entertainment and found their game page. It lists five major sections, Xbox 360, kinect, windows 8 (hey there is an idiot, maybe), windows phone, and MSN games. Cutting out Xbox immediately removes 40% of their developing abilities and I'd imagine damn near 80-90% of their profits derived from games. Looks like if this guy takes over, then Microsoft might as well shutdown. It'll take a couple of years or maybe even decades, but if Microsoft loses the Xbox brand name, they are in deep shit and may not make it out. Especially with the way they've handled Windows 8, Bing, and Zune.
  • Eightboll812 - November 20, 2013 8:28 p.m.

    I think the point is, that if all of MS is screwed, Xbox won't save them. And selling Xbox might allow them to refocus in areas that will ultimately save them. I do agree, no matter how well Xbone does, it's not saving the company by itself. The article isn't talking about Xbox dying, just being sold. The article assumes there is no one who can sustain it, but I doubt that is the case. There are a number of companies that could sustain it. And all the employees related to Xbox would go to that acquiring company. It might actually allow Xbox to prosper without the corporate greed dominating the vision of the product.
  • Doctalen - November 20, 2013 10:13 p.m.

    It'll die if it isn't owned by Mircosoft or some large company. Even if a company were large enough to buy out the Xbox along with the in house developers of Microsoft, I'd imagine the server farms used for Xbox live would be bloody expensive. If I had to guess at what is already bleeding Mircosoft would be those said server farms. Now for Microsoft selling off the Xbox and changing plans, I suppose they could cut the bleeding ends and redirecting their goals is possible. With their current track record, if they continue to pursue the entertainment they need the Xbox. If they want to abandon it entirely then yeah sell off the Xbox and focus on whatever they want. Plus if a company were large enough to buy the Xbox, why haven't they already attempted to get a share of the market? If sega were still into consoles I could see them buying Xbox on the cheap
  • Eightboll812 - November 20, 2013 10:25 p.m.

    I think I already provided an answer to that question (in a different comment). It seems to me that Valve could be interested, have the capital to buy it, and have the size and will to make it work and thrive. And they already have the server farms. It actually gives me just a little bit of a chubby thinking about the possibility. And if it's not Valve, there could be others. I mean, who would have thought MS would have been interested in the console market prior to Xbox? It was a bit of a shock to everyone, I think. It wouldn't be too much of a stretch to think a company like Amazon might be interested in another digital media outlet such as games. They are already in mobile games, books, music, and TV. Why not games too? So there's 2 viable contenders in my mind, both with the money (or access to capital) to do it, the servers to support it, and the ability to execute in order to make it successful. I'm sure I could come up with a couple more viable contenders if I spent a little more time thinking about it. Heck, just thought of another. Samsung. I bet the Koreans would love to try their hand at dominating console gaming. They pretty much do anything the Japanese do and then find a way to one-up them in the end.
  • Doctalen - November 20, 2013 10:36 p.m.

    I can see Valve or Amazon. Valve at least has the infrastructure and drive to get into the console market. Amazon could though I think they like leading new markets (they were one of the first to do e-books right?). I've never considered samsung before since they are phones and electronics mainly but hey look at Sony :p. But yeah once you put names into the air those three seem like likely candidates. I wouldn't be surprised to see Sony buy out Xbox if they roflsmash Microsoft in sales. Then again buying out a company only to shut them down doesn't sound like a Sony move. That sounds like EA. Holy shit, what if EA bought Microsoft? They already got in house experience and some infrastructure. Plus it would give them their wet dreams, a platform to sell whatever they want and fuck anyone else. So kinda like Origins but with hardware. Also I haven't looked at the other comments till you mentioned what you said I'm going over them

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