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Microsoft Abandons Games as Focus: Adds Google to List of Next Gen Competitors

BigBoxGaming- "Microsoft is likely planning on using gamers to get their new “media features” into homes they otherwise wouldn’t have access to. The question gamers will have is, to what extent will the gaming experience we have become accustomed to with past Xboxs suffer, if at all, for the sake of this new focus."

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gabescow1112d ago

Brings up a good point that Microsoft and Sony have been offering lots of non-gaming features on their consoles for awhile now.

I am waiting to see if this is Microsoft's new -focus-. If it is, the gaming experience will suffer and they will lose ground this next gen.

Sony learned that lesson last gen and has been showing they are on the right track this time around. Not to say the PS3 was bad, Sony just gave up more than they needed too with their self inflicted bumps in the road.

HammadTheBeast1112d ago

I feel bad for Microsoft. They can't go up against Google. It'll **** them up. Just look at that fail that is Bing. And this just opens up a wide door for Sony and Nintendo for that Market share.

Army_of_Darkness1112d ago

This is what I'm predicting... subscription fee required as soon as you boot up your Xbox 720.
But on a brighter note, you have the ps4 as your alternative if you just want to play some good old fashion games;-)

JBSleek1111d ago

Microsoft has a 90% hold of the PC market. They are no little player.

Campy da Camper1111d ago (Edited 1111d ago )

I have never heard anyone ever say, "just Bing it." I hate ms commercials so much. They try so hard to be cool. That latest one for surface tablet with all those hipsters dancing around the table to McDonalds music is cringe worthy. Especially that guy doing the arm circle around his face. I hate that guy.

nukeitall1111d ago

Yet, MS is the only one able to gain slow, but gain marketshare from Google with Bing.

MS also went up against the monopoly that Playstation had with the PS2 and we know how that market got divided.

Look at the facts, look at the history and take off the fanboy glasses. MS' Xbox division know what the f' they are doing.

inveni01111d ago

I also feel they're behind the "Scroogled" ads. Like we (they e-generation) care if Google tracks our internet usage in order to provide better content. They may be able to scare some older folks away from Google, but that generation is dying out. Microsoft is really stupid sometimes.

ShinMaster1111d ago (Edited 1111d ago )

This was Microsoft's plan all along, since they never intended to get into console gaming in the first place. The Xbox was just a way to infiltrate your living rooms. That's why they've been focusing on non-gaming related media apps.
At least with Sony focuses more on gaming with PlayStation.

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caleb47791112d ago

The new features could be how they justify their subscription next gen.

Parapraxis1112d ago (Edited 1112d ago )

I'm pretty sure that the PS4 is going to have all the features that were missing (cross game chat/party system/custom soundtrack for all games) from the PS3 with the PS4.
Aside from possibly having a few different apps than the PS4, I really find it hard to see how MS would justify charging for XBOX Live with the next XBOX.
But I suppose even when bested by PSN/PS+, hardcore XBOX fans will still cough up the dough and....deal with it.

RuleofOne343 1112d ago

hardcore XBOX fans will still cough up the dough , I know I will just cause I don't really like sony & have outgrown Nintendo.

FATALVISI0N1112d ago

@parapraxis
I love my Xbox 360 and weeks ago I'd say anyone is a fool to think the PS4 would surpass the Next Xbox. Until these last few days. But even tho the rumors give bad press, today I found on M$'s own blog that says Microsoft will "commit 100 percent of its focus on consumer TV strategy with Xbox."

I dont need the next xbox to give these features I'll never use. I'm a gamer, and I want a gaming console. So I disagree, not every Xbox fan will cough up the dough and deal with it! I'll deal with it by coughig up the dough and buy a PS4!!! And the Xbox gaming community I'm apart of the majority also feels the same.

(link to my quote from microsoft: http://blogs.technet.com/b/...

JeffGUNZ1111d ago

@ Parapraxis,

Man, I hate to break it to you but if you are eager for the cloud based features and Gaiki of the PS4, get ready to pay for it. All PSN+ did was test the waters of how a paid subscription would go for their users. Sony was taking a loss with each PS3 sold, they see a subscription based service a great add on of investment. Don't mistake what I am saying, I am confident we will see a "free" basic PSN version, but it will be stripped bare of all the cool stuff they have shown and will show off at E3. Sony is slowly transitioning to a paid subscription base and I am fine with that, as long as the product justifies the price.

Godmars2901112d ago (Edited 1112d ago )

So just have to wait and see how much of their focus remains on games. Then deal with it.

Belking1112d ago (Edited 1112d ago )

It's smart of them to keep an eye on Google. Look at what happened to sony when they ignored Samsung and Apple. Samsung has passed sony in the TV market and Apple killed them in the portable music player market. Now MS has stolen considerable marketshare from them in the US.

Godmars2901112d ago

Not really like they've ever ignored what Google was doing either. They bought into Yahoo, created Bing and even used Google to support Bing to their self-embarrassment.

Belking1112d ago

MS is very alive. They stumble here and there but they have huge sums of money to fall back on. It's sony that has one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel. They didn't change CEOs because they are doing well. If things don't improve for them in the next few years you will see them slowly turn to a only software in the gaming market which may not be a bad idea since no one profits off of hardware anyway.

Skips1112d ago (Edited 1112d ago )

But this is about their next gen console. Last time I checked, Google isn't or will not be entering the console gaming business.

So for Microsoft to list Google as a competitor for their NEXT GEN CONSOLE.

Means that whatever they'll push out will be more akin to a cable box/Google T.V. wannabe (As pretty much EVERY RUMOR OUT THERE HAS SUGGESTED) more than an actual machine meant for gaming.

Hence why "Microsoft Abandons Games as Focus".

@below

That was like what 7 years ago? Lol Back when the PS3 launched, it didn't have many exclusive games to push for so of course they would market what it's strength's were.

But when the exclusive games started coming in, around 2007/2008, Sony jumped right back into focusing on games. And for the past 5 years, they've pretty much done mostly that.

Hence why SONY'S NEXT GEN CONSOLE, will be MUCH MUCH more about games.

http://www.vg247.com/2013/0...
Sony: "PS4 is a gaming console at heart"

http://www.playstationlifes...
Sony: "We're all about the gamers"

And are you talking about Microsoft taking Sony's lead about wanting to make their console a multimedia device? Because Microsoft has been wanting to do that since day one. LMAO.

jimbobwahey1112d ago

With the PS3 Sony had a heavy focus on Blu-Ray movies and media content, before stretching out to trying to push 3D content etc quite heavily.

Did it mean that Sony abandoned games? Not at all. It looks like with the next Xbox, Microsoft is just following Sony's lead and thinking "Hey, we should probably start chasing down these features too".

I'm confused at how Sony can have such a heavy focus on non-gaming features and content and nobody bats an eyelid, but when Microsoft decides to do the same thing it's suddenly the worst thing ever?

AkatsukiPain1112d ago (Edited 1112d ago )

@jimbobwahey

There is a big difference with doing other things for your console like kinect, move, blu ray, etc etc. There is one thing to focus on another area but to have your focus all in that area & alienate the other half is never a good thing for any corporation.

While microsoft has been focusing more on casual gamers they have left out the core audience with no new games to offer for the past few years. Sony on the other hand has been doing a great job delivering new content to all its users not leaving any of them unhappy with tons of new content year after year.

RuleofOne343 1112d ago

*But this is about their next gen console. Last time I checked, Google isn't or will not be entering the console gaming business. * Neither was MS back in 1999- 2000 but look where their at now.

Skips1112d ago (Edited 1112d ago )

^^^

"Look where they're at now"

Their Xbox brand?

http://megagames.com/news/m...

Yup, I agree.

Anyways, back in 2000, people actually knew Microsoft were going to enter the console business. lmao. Not so with Google.

Why the hell WOULD Google want to enter the console business in the first place (to conquer the living room or whatever), when they already have Google T.V.?

Which will apparently be a rival to Microsoft's "Family Friendly Entertainment Center". <--- (Microsoft's words, not mine.)

Godmars2901111d ago

"Because Microsoft has been wanting to do that since day one."

Their defenders keep saying this, yet the 1st Xbox only played games out of the box whereas the PS2 played games and movies.

Yes MS later made a kit where hackers had converted their console's DVD drive, but that was too little too late.

Heck, maybe they actually had been thinking along those lines, but if they had like the DVD movie player kit, it was at added expense to consumers.

nosferatuzodd1111d ago (Edited 1111d ago )

That's Microsoft for ya greedy to the core
They want to do search engine
They want to do games Zune fail miserably
They want to do google tv now
They want to do iPad
They want to do phones
Jack of all trade and master of none because of their greed
Instead of focusing on one thing they want to do it all
Zodd the immortal

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Software_Lover1112d ago

They haven't shown anything yet, games or media services. But I like how when media services rumors come out we get tons and tons of articles on that topic.