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Submitted by darkride66 576d ago | opinion piece

Forbes Columnist Claims Microsoft Will Sell Xbox To Sony -- or Barnes & Noble

Forbes contributor Adam Hartung dropped a bomb on the business world this morning when he forecast the complete collapse of Microsoft's business and the company's sudden exit from the entertainment market. Hartung draws on Surface's mediocre sales and the PC market's woes to claim that "Microsoft makes nothing from its xBox/Kinect entertainment division."

He goes on to make dire predictions related to Windows, Office, and Microsoft's other businesses, but we're going to focus on the Xbox comments -- they're easily the most entertaining.

Let's start with the claim that the Xbox division is unable to make a profit. That's easy to check -- all we need to do is consult Microsoft's own press releases. (Industry, Microsoft, Xbox 360)

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Ezz2013   577d ago | Trolling | show | Replies(6)
Shadonic  +   577d ago
... No it won't happen
kashdaniel437   575d ago | Spam
ThatGuy2  +   577d ago
Ha..be hilariousness if it was owned by Barns&noble
oakshin  +   577d ago
it is a little known fact xbox doesnt make money i think they have bad manufacture agreements r something that and they pay developers off left and right
hazardman  +   576d ago
You obviously don't know your facts, haha!
oakshin  +   576d ago
how is that? xbox doesnt make money.............. look it up.......
RememberThe357  +   575d ago
Oh Xbox makes money. They just haven't made enough to break even on their investments yet. It's right there in the article.
mochachino  +   577d ago
Sell it to Samsung.
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torchic  +   576d ago
Samsung is an innovationless company, I'd rather have Microsoft than them.
adorie  +   576d ago
Really... they've been doing more to push tech than most, lately. First flexible OLED screen phone could very well come from Samsung.
profgerbik  +   576d ago
The only people making the best phones as far as innovation is concerned right now are HTC, Samsung and Sony.

Bottom line just saying Samsung could do it and I am sure they could make some new innovations along the way. Now would I want a company that has never been in the gaming industry really making a console no but do I think over time they could make one sure.

This would never happen anyway Microsoft would probably let the Xbox die before they would sell it to someone just like Sony will die before they sell anything of theirs of any real importance.
Syntax-Error  +   575d ago
You people are idiots
You do know that Samsung is a holding company right. They don't develop the technology. Try doing research first before you speak. You sound like effing 12 year old's on here talking about stuff you don't have any knowledge about.
shikamaroooo  +   576d ago
They'll milk the Xbox brand name to bits. plus I don't see how it will benefit them, since most their revenue is from the Smartphone market.
Kalowest  +   576d ago
"They'll milk the Xbox brand name to bits."
LMFAO so true, all the products would switch names from Samsung Galaxy to Samsung Xbox(Samsung X).
stage88  +   576d ago
No, definitely not Samsung.
kingmushroom  +   576d ago
Nah, to Sony their innovators, but i don't now what they would do with the Xbox brand, manage it ? or vault it, i wouldn't know why you would want to vault it in the US since its popular, or why they would want to manage it since they running business with the PlayStation brand.

but then again this is a console doom article.
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Sophistocrat   576d ago | Spam
Kaiou  +   576d ago
While at it i think they should buy google and apple too. ..... oh and nintendo just for the lols
cleverusername  +   576d ago
It was more of a fart than a bomb!!
bocajbee  +   576d ago
Playbox 720?
JamieL  +   576d ago
LOL, how many suicides would there be on this site if that ever happened? half the fanboys here would cut their wrist if that ever happen. This site may be half decent if it did happen though. The conversation might actually get back to the games.

Naaaa, that's just some pipe dream.
Newsman  +   576d ago
Poor poor journalism
mr_kubrick  +   576d ago
And the same columnist said this about Sony in April 2012:

"Sayonara Sony"

http://www.forbes.com/sites...

So....ugh...well...thats quality journalism /s
WayneJ360  +   576d ago
This will never happen.Its funny to hear all you so called experts talk about it though :)
FrigidDARKNESS  +   576d ago
Like i said before sony is financially broke and poor with a low credit rating. Sony is no longer the cash rich company they once were. MS xbox business is much healthier and financially stable than Sony entire electronics business...just food for thought folks.
Tzunoy  +   576d ago
I bet you repeat that every morning in the front of the mirror.
nosferatuzodd  +   576d ago
Lol we'll said
TBONEJF  +   576d ago
What are these dumb ass analyst smoking? Why would SONY buy the XBOX brand from SONY? SONY doesn't need to wast on a console
MarkusMcNugen  +   576d ago
"Why would SONY buy the XBOX brand from SONY?"

I wasn't aware that Sony owned the Xbox brand... Or that a company would sell an asset to themselves...
Neko_Mega  +   576d ago
An the world will end 12/21/12............... Yep, I don't see it happening.
Mathew9R   576d ago | Spam
Walker  +   576d ago
I have welcome .
Soldierone  +   576d ago
I think its funny whenever a company has ONE failing product, the entire company is doomed. They don't even think "hmm maybe this product is doing fine" or "maybe the product will grow in the long run?"

Seriously. Sony could release a MP3 player for kids, put one million dollars into it, watch it flop, and some analyst will go "sony is doomed" Same here. MS releases a Tablet, which is doing fine compared to other tablets, but its not selling like iCrap so "microsoft is doomed" Lets all pretend MS spends millions on advertising, exclusive content, etc for absolutely no reason at all.

There is a reason why these analysts are not CEO's. If they truly knew everything, they'd have a CEO position somewhere.
Godmars290  +   576d ago
Sony did fail in terms of their HDTV and 3D investments. Likely wont do well with this 4k nonsense.

At the same time Windows 8 is underprerforming where 7 coasted and Vista...was Vista. MS is at a point where their main staple isn't as solid a seller as it use to be. And Xbox has generally been a struggle. Nevermind what can be said or proven with Kinect.

Not saying that analysts know everything, but there are more than a few examples of CEOs running businesses into the ground while reporting nothing but profits.
Ippiki Okami  +   575d ago
"There is a reason why these analysts are not CEO's. If they truly knew everything, they'd have a CEO position somewhere."

Some CEOs are terrible at their jobs just like some analysts are bad at theirs. MS was late to the tablet/smartphone party and its cost them huge market share. There is a reason Steven Ballmer got called the worst CEO of 2012 after all.
stragomccloud  +   576d ago
Wow. Even Microsoft is getting the doom articles now. N4G is really starting to feel like that stereotypical bum on the street always preaching about the end of the world.
AngelicIceDiamond  +   576d ago
Lol why are people getting worked up over this? Its not even real news just, brainless specualtion? Something like this would never happen.
MysticStrummer  +   576d ago
Brainless speculation... sounds like about 90% of the content on N4G.
DigitalSmoke  +   576d ago
Xbox has already failed, the hardcore jumped ship after the HDDVD rip off, and the rest slowly but surely got the picture when Kinect got pushed down their thoat.

A whole year "headstart" is as much as 5 years with compitition, they blew that!!!

You wont see anything like this in the media, cause it hurts them just as much.
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MarkusMcNugen  +   576d ago
"Xbox has already failed, the hardcore jumped ship after the HDDVD rip off, and the rest slowly but surely got the picture when Kinect got pushed down their thoat."

Really? I have a feeling that you are just throwing out random speculation due to the lack of logic for your claim. I bought the HD-DVD addon to support the format over blu-ray. I also like the idea of kinect, although Im not to fond of its use in games besides the possibility if voice commands. In fact it has inspired inclusion of the same technology in Televisions, uses in the healthcare field, innovative ideas such as the smart shopping cart, not to mention all the random stuff you can do with it hooked to a PC. Care to backup your claims with evidence?

"A whole year "headstart" is as much as 5 years with compitition, they blew that!!!"

What?
DigitalSmoke  +   574d ago
Sorry son, if you can't see the logic in my claim, stop trying to understand.
Your deluded already, you bought into the gimicks after all.

Prety funny actually :)
MarkusMcNugen  +   574d ago
Oh you. Its okay, you are a PS3 fanboy, I understand. All it takes is a quick look at your previous comments to see it.

"The PS3 stand head and shoulders above the 360 son. #54.1"

"The PS3's Cellis packing 7! SPU's at 3,2 Gigahertz.
Sony will not release a weaker CPU system within the PS3, mark my words. #12"

"As a gamer i have "ZERO" interest in the WiiU, its clearly a gimick in the lines of kinect.

Give me more well build games. #24"

"The DualShock 3 is a great solid controler already.
A LCD screen would only distract from the screen, it would be a cheap gimmick, something Microsoft would be interested in, watch!

If anything should be added, it should be input and or feedback.
A "hyper!" powerfull rumble is a good idear. #101"

"Move! is factualy a better version of the Wii Mote.
And Wonderbook is just a nice little thing for the kids, thats all it is, and thats all its been promoted as, not pushed down the troats of core gamers, you know, like MS did with kinect. "

"I don't know what is more pathetic, microsoft giving out money to plz stay on their system.
or the xbox3fixme player who don't know its a small part of their own money they get back for paying to use their own internet on their own console..."

"Sony went through hard times, but outperformed on every single level when it come's to consoles.

Its online service is superior on every front, from Free stable online play, to blowing Live! out of the water with PSN premium.
Greater ammount of quality exclusives packing the best graphics out there.

How is this to make up for a comback?, in the eyes of bought and sold media maybe, but the gamers are having a blast already. #33"

So Mr. DigitalSmoke, maybe you should look back through my comments. You'll see I am a technology lover, not a fanboy like yourself.

BTW, learn how to use the english language, it'll make your arguments seem a little more worthy.
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mr_kubrick  +   576d ago
just stop smoking that digital stuff.
it makes you sound like a 12yo sony slave...
Kaneda  +   576d ago
Why would Sony buy Xbox? They already have a game division.. the only thing Sony should buy is the Halo IP..
kevnb  +   576d ago
im guessing it would come as a package deal, everything related to the brand. Unless they plan on selling piece by piece, which I doubt.
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Kaneda  +   574d ago
I don't like Halo.. but it makes a lot of money for M$. In term of bringing in money that would be a smart buy for Sony!

FYI, Sony bought Gaikai couple of months ago! business can loan money!
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Godmars290  +   576d ago
Doesn't the 2010 to 2012 say something? 2011 may have been their best year but then it only drops off after that.

Also its only referring to income, what's been brought in. What does the operating costs chart look like in comparison?
Max-Zorin  +   576d ago
Doom articles, flame bait, etc. don't start until N4G say so.
Sp1d3ynut  +   576d ago
Adam Hartung is a f***ing idiot. The End.
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hazardman  +   576d ago
I would rather Xbox brand stay with an American company, if this in fact does happen!
tachy0n  +   576d ago
if microsoft falls, apple has to fall first.
kevnb  +   576d ago
im more interested in things not related to xbox.
Sp1d3ynut  +   575d ago
So basically, you're openly admitting that you're an illiterate tard, since you're commenting on an article about XBOX.
Belking  +   576d ago
lol...Neither one could afford to buy xbox.
WetN00dle69  +   576d ago
EXACTLY!!!!!!!!!!
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