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Microsoft Just Bought a Company That’ll Help the Xbox Win Your Living Room

Microsoft just bought R2 Studios, a company that Apple and Google were both after, to help the Xbox continue its assault on living rooms across the world. R2 Studios, which was founded by Blake Krikorian (the guy who also made the Slingbox), apparently "works on" technology related to distributing and displaying digital media on televisions.

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Godchild10201687d ago (Edited 1687d ago )

"Microsoft just bought R2 Studios, a company that Apple and Google were both after,"

Money talks and Bull-ish walks and Microsoft's money was doing a lot of talking or a lot of persuading.

Munky1687d ago

Either way, from the looks of it MS is swinging for the fences with the "NextBox".

Yi-Long1687d ago

... and in doing so, with a focus mainly on Kinect and apps for the dashboard, it has only managed to push me away as a gamer.

It doesn't help much that here in Europe we only get a fraction of what XBL Gold subscribers get in the USA, yet we pay more for our subscription.

Anyway, I feel MS has lost me due to their focus on turning the 360 into a media-machine, somehow they have seemed to forget that I bought a 360 TO PLAY GAMES. Luckily 3rd party support and XBLA is still very good, but it's a shame there have been no new interesting IPs and exclusives coming from MS or 3rd parties the last 3-4 years, so I think next-gen I'll go for a 'Steam Box' instead.

I trust Valve more with looking after my needs as a GAMER.

NiceGuy3601687d ago

@Yi Long, it isn't necessarily YOUR living room they're after then. In losing you as a gamer, they've probably gained 2 others in your place.

AAACE51687d ago

They need to buy the company that allows gamers to play online for free! I loved playing on xbl, but everytime it was time to renew it got harder and harder to justify paying. Especially when i kept looking over at my ps3.

KwietStorm1687d ago

Yea, as far as all this entertainment nonsense.

Mocat1687d ago

@Yi-Long i Was looking at the apps today and i was thinking what the hell is this crap, but yeah i could not agree with you more, fucking skydrive, in what point in your life will you say i want too see some of my pictures let me turn on my xbox. Definitely not buying another xbox well see how good the steambox is and if it isn't so great well then ill have to with ps4.

NukaCola1687d ago (Edited 1687d ago )

The Kinect, it's casual games, expensive forced LIVE accounts, apps or the horrendous dashboard abomination aren't the issues for me. I don't care what they do to appeal to the masses but the fact is they aren't appealing to a lot of core gamers anymore. MS doesn't make many games at all. They kill franchises and ruin companies. No incentive to play on 360 anymore. I like gaming and do not need a twitter box. All those entertainment bonus are great but MS has completely abandoned the reason we game, for the games...the games are gone. Where are the game MS?!!!

DOMination-1687d ago

Luckily for you they now have almost double the first party studios that sony has (21 to 12) and you can bet they are all working on next gen titles many are new ip.

Aceman181687d ago

for me even though i have a 360 i will not be buying their next system. they haven't provided with games that i'm interesting in from their very small list of 1st party studios, and i really dont care about the social media apps they have on it either.

paying to play online is definitely a no-go in my book. hell i had to sign up for Gamefly to actually get use out of my 360 now.

nukeitall1687d ago

@Yi-Long:

You aren't the norm, and in fact isn't likely the norm when it comes to gaming habits either. Most of my friends on my Xbox 360 friends list use a variety of apps on the console. So do I, and they successfully made me use the Xbox 360 in place of my PC in the living room.

You complain about games, but most of my friends has no problems finding games to play, exclusive or mutli-platform. Their only complaint is, I don't have enough time (or in some rare instances money).

"It doesn't help much that here in Europe we only get a fraction of what XBL Gold subscribers get in the USA, yet we pay more for our subscription."

It is because of the fractured reality of Europe. Different languages, different accessibility. I mean, nordic countries just got Netflix two months ago. Other than UK, I don't think many other countries has it. Which is one example. Can't provide an app for a service that doesn't work in another country.

Media content has complex rights in Europe that doesn't transfer between countries which makes it extremely hard to target the whole area, not to mention the damn cost. Everything is heavily taxed here. On top of that, you have to have the language translated for each country and so on. A lot, and I mean a *LOT* of people don't speak English.

morkendo231687d ago (Edited 1687d ago )

It dose not matter if MS bought the moon, Halo,Forza,Mass Effect,GOD OF WAR will not intice me to buy the 720 need more than 4 games........ XBL need to be free.

SolidStoner1687d ago (Edited 1687d ago )

I hate when huge companies buy smaller ones! In the end they will control everything and that is a very bad thing...

and I buy consoles because of games..! I can build my own living room setup I want, I dont need x box for that! I want high quality games and more big and small companies working together to make them... not one big company trying to control everything... in the end that could be a fail..

Munky1687d ago

You can speculate about the supposed specs, or gripe about the current game/new ip situation with the 360. But the fact is that outside the few people who are directly involved in the development process for the "Nextbox", the rest of us have no clue what the console will include in terms hardware, online features, user interface and most importantly the games. If this gen is any indication of how unpredictable things may turn out, all we "know" may be totally incorrect. I'm personally going to save judgement until the official spec sheets and a list of games are released. Getting back to the game situation, there must be a reason why MS Studios is currently so inactive in terms of churning out games... All fingers point towards them focusing on the launch titles for the consoles. There has been no better time to be gamer, with the PS3 and the 360 already out there and with the next gen consoles releasing. Peaz

Enemy1687d ago

Actually they're trying to win casual gamers just like they tried to do with Kinect. Microsoft is saying goodbye to hardcore.

zeal0us1687d ago

MS, Sony and Nintendo won't be winning my living room until I get some real high speed internet in my area and not that hughes net, excede or wildblue bs either.

sikbeta1687d ago

The reason of WHY XBOX exist is exactly because MS want the living room for themselves, smart enough to realise that Game Consoles are an excellent way to achieve that goal, so they'll push it as hard as they can to take the crown...

XBX3 will be more than a gaming system, it'll cater everyone with games + apps + multimedia and more, don't know why people complain about this, as long as games keep coming out, no one should be against a more varied console

In reality, it's not different from what Sony does to push their tech stuff

PS1 = CD
PS2 = DVD
PS3 = Blu-Ray + 3D

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bozebo1687d ago

It's to help them gain royalties for their portfolio of patents. They don't need to acquire the company simply to employ related technology.

otherZinc1687d ago (Edited 1687d ago )

M$ is way ahead in the nextgen race.

All next gen consoles will charge for online. I don't consider Wii U next gen.

M$ will be backwards compatible PS4 won't. But SONY will charge for remakes as they're doing now, as they've taken BC from the PS3.

Godchild10201687d ago

How can we tell who is really ahead in the next gen race, before we even know anything about the consoles? At far as the eighth Generation of consoles go, the Wii U is ahead, just based on sales, because it's the first console out of the gate.

I doubt Sony will charge for to play online, it was their tag line on the PS2 and on the PS3. They will have a subscription base thing, similar to PlayStation Plus. But what that entails, I don't know. Also, they have the Vita, which would hurt them, if they would charge to play online. I'm sure they will keep the online passes though.

Microsoft charged for a remake as well, so don't single out Sony for doing it. Some of us like the fact that we can play some of the remakes in HD. And as long as the remakes are not PS3 remakes on the PS4, I don't think I would have a problem with it. They could gladly keep doing PS2 HD remakes.

trouble_bubble1687d ago (Edited 1687d ago )

lol, pretty darn sure MS charges for remakes as well!

RE4 HD, RE:CodeVeronica HD, DMC HD, Silent Hill HD, Zone of the Enders HD, MGS HD, PeaceWalker HD, the upcoming Hitman HD. Try walking out of Walmart with Halo Anniversary without paying for it. I'd like to know what happens. :p

Lvl_up_gamer1687d ago

What otherZinc is saying is that if you want to play your PS2 games on your PS3, you can't. Instead Sony is remaking them and then you HAVE to buy the remake in order to play it.

On the 360, you have the OPTION (MS seems to always allow for options, what a great company) to either play your XBOX game on the 360 with last gen graphics OR buy the HD version for the 360.

Difference here is that MS allows for the option while Sony doesn't.

As for Online, anyone who thinks that Sony won't charge for online multiplayer are delusional especially in the current financial state Sony is in. MS's XBL generates billions for MS, you don't think Sony would like to tap into that market?

Sony didn't charge for online this gen because online wasn't added until late in the development for the PS3. It was originally NOT going to have online. Sony knows very well nobody would have paid for online in the state that PSN was launched in.

Now that Sony is getting a better online network, you can bet your bottom dollar that Sony will charge for next gen. Especially when you see 70+ million 360 are sold this gen WITH an online paid subscription. Sony has only managed to keep up with MS with console sales so if MS can sell just as many 360's as Sony can sell PS3 while MS charges for online multiplayer, Sony is just chomping on the bit looking forward in doing the same thing.

PS+ is just a temporary test to see the markets reaction....and it's looking pretty positive.

Mr_Writer851687d ago

On the 360, you have the OPTION (MS seems to always allow for options, what a great company) to either play your XBOX game on the 360 with last gen graphics OR buy the HD version for the 360.

Errmmmm no they don't.

I had a 4gb slim and it told me I can't play original Xbox games without a HDD.

Also not all original games work and some have game breaking bugs.

DigitalRaptor1686d ago (Edited 1686d ago )

"On the 360, you have the OPTION (MS seems to always allow for options, what a great company) to either play your XBOX game on the 360 with last gen graphics OR buy the HD version for the 360."

You are honestly just as biased as any PS3 fan on this site. Since when was playing the online half of all the games you own an option on Xbox? Since when was the drop in support for Xbox in favour of a new console a choice? Since when were forced ads on a paid subscription service an option? Since when was lack of hard drive space to play games in their entirety something that was an option? Overpriced peripherals, lack of exclusives that aren't via Kinect (in recent years). The list goes on.

As far as that BC excuse goes, sure MS has been known to offer backwards compatibility, it's not perfect nor does it work for all games. All the gamers I know have kept their old consoles out of pure collector's sake and personal attachment to a device that has seen them hundreds if not thousands of hours of satisfaction. I still have my fully working launch PS2, Dreamcast, N64, MegaDrive, GameBoy, even though you can get these games elsewhere via emulation for free and easy. I'm attached to games I've played in my past as as such, am attached to the consoles that ran them, and can still play them.

The real truth is, Sony has given you more options than Microsoft ever has in their time in the gaming market. And the truth is that whilst both companies have both options and restrictions, to say that Microsoft offer you more whilst praising things that are anti-consumer, is utterly ridiculous.

"As for Online, anyone who thinks that Sony won't charge for online multiplayer are delusional especially in the current financial state Sony is in. MS's XBL generates billions for MS, you don't think Sony would like to tap into that market?"

They won't, and it's far, FAR from delusional to consider so. There are what.. 40-50 million Live members and roughly 20 million are paying Gold subscriptions.

Sony has their business model in PlayStation Plus. That is tapping into the market. Do you think Microsoft gained 20+ million XBL subscribers in 2 years, from its inception? There are already millions of subscribers for PS+ service and it's only been around for about 2 years. You should have observed by now that Sony are a long-term company. With what they have been offering, and continuing to offer and with the perceived value of a huge value games rental and great extra features is only going to grow both on PS3, Vita and then PS4. THINK... LONG-TERM.

You seem to have grown so accustomed to paying for P2P online gameplay that you think Sony will follow the same rip-off methodology of forcing their customer base to pay for basic connected play. That's laugh out loud hilarious.

"Sony didn't charge for online this gen because online wasn't added until late in the development for the PS3. It was originally NOT going to have online."

Literally the DUMBEST thing I've ever heard. They didn't charge because they weren't going to regardless. With thriving game communities like Socom on PS2, you think think they were going to drop online functionality? HA! 2005 - Internet connectivity is booming and you think that Sony almost didn't understand that there was an audience for that? Wow.

What you're confusing Sony's underestimation of the importance of online play with, is with them being absolute utter retards. Something's not right there, surely...

Ezz20131686d ago

@Lvl_up_gamer
as always you have no idea what you are talking about

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doogiebear1687d ago

Google is worth just as much as MS ($200 Million) and Apple's net worth is more than both of them combined. Plus Apple is invested more into TV (via Apple TV box device).

So with all of Apple's money, I wonder how MS got the upper hand. Maybe Apple realized it wasn't really worth purchasing in the end.

1nsaint1687d ago

Lol Microsoft's net worth isn't 200 million, its 200 billion xD

doogiebear1687d ago (Edited 1687d ago )

Lol yeah i meant billion. I didnt sleep well especially since New Years lol

hazardman1686d ago

MS is worth more than 200 MIL, that much I know!

kevnb1687d ago (Edited 1687d ago )

apple has a little bit of money too, i guess microsoft just wanted it more.

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1687d ago (Edited 1687d ago )

They probably bought them because apple wanted them so they can think like apple one step ahead of apple.

@Bar_Brothers
"Sony buys EMI publishing for $2.2 billion"
http://www.engadget.com/201...

They will have the biggest music collection and 2 million+ copyrights.

just sayin..

MS still shooting their machine check gun and still on have 3 AAA games and 61 kinect exlcusives with 23 more announced? ok.. Best game company ever!!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wik...

"Rare hiring new developers for Kinect 2 and Xbox 720 games"
http://www.digitaltrends.co...

"Halo 5 release teased by 343 Industries director "
http://www.trustedreviews.c...

"Forza 5 In Development At Turn 10"
http://www.nowgamer.com/new...

"Fable 4 hinted to be in development"
http://stickskills.com/2012...

Alan Wake was the last new game..
When will you guys catch on?

BitbyDeath1687d ago

Did not hear about the EMI publishing buyout.
Have a 'Interesting' bubble

r1sh121687d ago

its not really about the money, because both apple and google could easily afford it too.