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Michael Pachter: Microsoft is preparing for life after the Xbox

Enjoying your new console? Well, Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter thinks it’ll soon be obsolete, and he thinks that Xbox maker Microsoft knows it.

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ColManischewitz1130d ago

Still think many of us will play on consoles or console-like boxes for years.

XB1_PS41130d ago

Pachter is the king of talking out of his ass.

fr0sty1130d ago (Edited 1130d ago )

Actually, he isn't alone. I watched industry analysts go on and on the other day about how this was the first sign of Xbox being spun off. When you think about it, since Minecraft isn't going exclusive, that now makes MS a third party software developer. I think that is what they should go for. They never get hardware right, but they do good at software. If I were CEO, and I think Nadella agrees with me here, I'd cut away all of the money hole hardware divisions (Xbox loses billions), and go into being a videogame software publisher. I'd start buying up studios and making console, PC, and phone games to go along with my windows OS. Then I'd start trying to partner with those who do get hardware right to get my OS on their system/console, such as offering Nintendo a online/cloud solution that is ready to go out of the box so they could compete with Sony better.

UltimateMaster1130d ago

“I think consoles are going away, because you used to need a console because you could not connect a microprocessor to your TV screen,” Pachter said. “Now, if you have a Chromecast stick or a Roku box, you can. So why do we buy consoles? I mean, your phone will be powerful enough to power any game in two more generations. And, so, why buy a console? I think Microsoft actually knows that.”

IMO, I think Roku box and Chromecast will eventually go away with the arrival of Smart TVs with built-in apps. Why buy something to waste an HDMI when you could get it from your TV.

And Roku box and Chromecast are getting replaced by consoles. (Mainly the PS3 and Xbox One)
Because 1- you have physical disc support, 2- it plays games 3- You don't need to buy another device for it. 4- Higher Internal Memory that can manage your Data.

IMO, those Media Players are the first ones to go away for all the above reasons.

Consoles were the best for those without a Smart TV, but with the arrival of newer TVs with 3D and 4k, Smart TVs are a standard and anyone who buys a new TV will likely get them built-in, which is probably the reason why the PS4 didn't went all-out as a media player.

UltimateMaster1130d ago

Xbox spin-off.
My concern is; who gets Microsoft Game Studios?
Xbox or Microsoft.

If it's Xbox, then the console will be fine.
But if it's Microsoft, then who will make exclusive games for the console?

Will Microsoft be a Third-Party company and release their games on all platform and maximize their revenue?

What about the Xbox One? Yeah, money-wise being a third-party publisher makes sense, just ask Sega.

I think they should give them to Xbox, focus on Windows and software and leave gaming and the studios to Xbox. But, you know, that's IMO.

XBLSkull1129d ago (Edited 1129d ago )

Probably talking about a new brand for when Sony sells off the PlayStation brand to avoid bankruptcy. Some people are so hateful towards Xbox they wouldn't buy the new mega gaming system if it had Xbox in the title.

Could also mean we may not see next gen consoles at all, this may indeed be the last iteration of the gaming console as we know it. Possibly cloud computing like we see in PSNow is going to be the standard and they already realize it.

donthate1129d ago (Edited 1129d ago )

The question is, will we have a box after this console generation?

MS has been making moves on all fronts to be everywhere. Look at MS Office!

Maybe "next generation", Xbox will not just be a console, but an all around gaming platform everywhere. It will be Xbox on your Android, on your iPhone, on your iPad, and on your Playstation.

700p1129d ago

Yeah pachter is pretty much always wrong. OR he says the obvious.

SilentNegotiator1129d ago

Well...who else could contend for king of talking out of HIS ass? o.O

lol

monkeyDzoro1129d ago

@fr0sty

Interesting. But why would you go with Nintendo who will struggle to gather the attention your games need, when you can get a better exposition from Sony side ?

Septic1129d ago

"Pachter is the king of talking out of his ass."

Er no he isn't.

This guy is:

http://www.youtube.com/watc...

Mr Pumblechook1129d ago

Although Pachter does get it wrong most times I do absolutely agree that this move by Microsoft is one where they are thinking about their long term future. A future where they are purely software developers again.

Windows OS and Office are their core business and is what generates their profits. But with Surface and Windows Phone and even Xbox these are beneficial because to MS because they maintain the Windows customer base however they have yet to generate net profit. So a company like Microsoft or Google or Facebook is always trying to stay ahead of the curve so they can continue to survive whichever way the market goes. I don't see home consoles in a rush to disappear but who knows?

At the start of last-gen there were no smartphones no tablets. Now you have pockets size iPads that can run some pretty powerful games. Game streaming now seems like it might be a viable product. Maybe these are the future, maybe they are dead-ends. But Microsoft has to plan for all eventualities. And if (hypothetically speaking) Xbox was to be no more, Microsoft would have still have some killer games like Halo and Minecraft to share with the world.

Perjoss1129d ago

Go home Pachter, you're drunk

user55757081129d ago

@Ultimatemaster

chromecast came out after smart TV, ps3 and 360 and their doing well because why upgrade to a smart tv when you can get chromecast for $35 and have access to all the apps you would need. smart TV or a game console will cost you $200+

until we reach a point where every tv made and sold is a smart tv, and smart tv is the standard in the majority of households products like chromecast and roku won't be going anywhere

ApoK1129d ago

Come on, Peter Molyneux clearly takes that title

fr0sty1129d ago

[email protected], the trolling is just getting desperate now. Sony selling off one of their most profitable divisions to avoid bankruptcy? Talk about throwing the baby out with the bathwater...

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Ultr1130d ago

Yeah but eventualy streaming/digital will come out on top.
It happend with music and its happening with film. I don't see how it's not gonna happen with games.
And the transition will not take dacades. It will only take years.

fr0sty1130d ago

All but one of my PS4 games are digital. I like the convenience and lack of clutter from game boxes.

Cupid_Viper_31130d ago

@Ultr

Music and movies aren't that big when it comes to file size. Games on the other hand are huge, thousand times larger than an Mp3 music file, and some 20-50 times that of most movies. Not to mention that they take longer to complete as well, where a movie goes for 2 hours.

Just imagine 10 million people streaming COD on release day, for 5-10 hours straight. The infrastructure simply isn't there yet.

AndrewLB1130d ago

Microsoft is already testing a service that will allow people to play Xbox games directly via their PC's web browser.

http://www.theguardian.com/...

Pretty crazy if you ask me, but considering how fast internet speeds are getting these days, i think it will work.

My current connection from Time Warner is 200/20. And it doesn't slow down during the evening hours either.

http://www.speedtest.net/my...

UnwanteDreamz1130d ago (Edited 1130d ago )

You can still buy music and videos on physical diac so no. Digital will increase in popularity.

orakle441129d ago

@Cupid_Viper

Video games are not 20-50 times the size of most movies, a blu-ray quality movie is over 5gb, video games are not 100gb, never mind 250gb.

It's already starting with digital downloads, look at things like Steam, Origin, PS store and Microsofts version they are taking off like wildfire, and as the internet gets better for more people, which it exponentially gets better, it's only going to grow more. Where I live my internet connection is 50mb up and 50mb down, so it just makes sense for me to download games, its just easier.

And for your example of 10 million people streaming COD on release day doesn't really apply because you have Destiny that was one of the largest digitally downloaded games, and with features like downloading them early it makes it easier, and there wasn't any problems.

DeadIIIRed1129d ago

If the TWC-Comcast merger happens, it will be a long time until internet speeds match consumer demands for mass digital content. Not to mention the whole internet fast lane bull that would drive cost of content up.

If those two things happen, we (at least in the US) will be buying physical copies for a few decades still.

fr0sty1129d ago

@Andrew, it isn't all that crazy, Sony does the same thing with PSNow already. However, net speeds still aren't quite up to par. Bandwidth is great, but pings haven't improved as much over the last decade, and that is what really counts when gaming in the cloud like that. How fast your button presses can get back to the server, and how fast that server can get the in-game response to that button press back to you. Most internet connections these days put all their focus in how much data they can send at once, not how fast that data can get to where it is going.

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ABizzel11130d ago

Patcher is so full of it.

But like I've been saying for the longest, it makes no sense for MS to go head to head with Sony in the console race, because they almost always on the losing side (the 360 lost in overall sales, but it was a win for MS and marketing share. However, the XBO ruined that).

Go to a lane that you can dominate, and for MS that's PC gaming. The Xbox brand with still be around, because it's too popular, and by far one of MS biggest pop-culture product, and so instead of a traditional console MS, can build a PConsole like a Steam Machine with complete off the shelf parts (saving millions on R&D, design, and console manufacturing) and simply get a solid CPU + GPU combo preloaded with an Xbox OS, running Windows in the background.

Not only does that sell a PConsole it also sells a Windows computer which is the ultimate goal. It can also be the specs for which the majority of PC games are to be scaled from, considering it will be a standardized hardware, at a reasonable price, and have enough sales to justify it as the target platform.

This is how you create a space you can dominate, and Nintendo needs to do the same thing, but making a Handheld-console hybrid since that's where most of their gaming audience is.

Neonridr1130d ago

and just leave Sony to have a monopoly on home console gaming? I am sure that will generate tons of creativity and competitive pricing right? With only one maker on the market? ...

I'll take it the way it is currently thanks. Competition drives Creativity.

BitbyDeath1130d ago

I'd agree with you if MS was good for the industry but most of what they have accomplished only hurt the gaming industry more than anything.

Paying for online is still one of the worst things they have done, and they almost got away with DRM on physical discs and making people pay to watch movies in their own living room on a per person basis.

MS only look out for number one and I agree we need healthy competition but they aren't it.

r2oB1130d ago

@ Neonridr

What does Sony being the only console have to do with developers creativity? Games will still be competing for our money. They will still have to make good games so people will buy their games versus the competition. The PS2 pretty much had a monopoly on gaming and that didn't stop developers from making a variety of awesome games. Some of my favorite games are from the PS1/PS2 era where Sony utterly dominated.

DC7771129d ago

Well nobody wants to make hardware anymore. Most U.S. companies have gotten out of it.

ABizzel11129d ago

@Neonridr

What part of PConsole doesn't have console in it?

It's not in anyway a monopoly, because Nintendo and MS are still there, it just puts 3 very different and diverse gaming platforms into the market for each to succeed, and allows first party developer to focus their entire might on one platform (nothing new to Xbox) which would benefit Nintendo and Sony greatly.

What part of this current generation is a competition? It's nearly a monopoly for Sony as it is. Look at the handhelds how is that a competition? It's a basically a monopoly and what lack creativity, high pricing, or lack of quality has the 3DS suffered? None.

The only people worried about competition and creativity are those without any kind of vision. If MS pushes the PC market, that means its PConsole gets those same PC games which instantly opens up their platform to a library of games and potential gamers that they never had. If it runs on PC it runs on their PConsole, no need to do any kind of coding, because getting a locked and consistent framerate. That alone dispels any stupidity of fear in lack of competition and creativity.

Competition drives many markets hard, but it's not the same for technology, because if you aren't moving forward with or without competition then you're inviting a competitor to take you place. Technology moves forwards regardless, and innovation and creativity are going to happen due to the sheer number of people involved in gaming even outside of making consoles / games. Oculus is an example of that, it got to where it was on crowd funding alone, and now it's a multi-million dollar investment.

starchild1129d ago (Edited 1129d ago )

@ABizzel1

Totally agree with you. I've had the same idea for years. Microsoft has a vested interest in Windows PC gaming and they also have a fairly successful console brand in Xbox. They should work to combine those two things instead of having their attention and resources split between the two.

If they built a standardized Xbox-branded Windows PC they could kill two birds with one stone. This would provide a standardized target for developers to shoot for, while custom built PCs could still scale up or down from there. Since this Xbox-branded device would literally be a PC it would have a large library of PC games to draw from. And PC gaming would benefit, of course, because all the first party exclusives would come to the platform. Custom-built PCs and the Xbox-branded PC would all play the same games.

The combined strength of the Xbox platform and the PC platform could much more easily take on Sony and their Playstation brand. This would actually strengthen the competition between them while also allowing each platform to be more distinct. Overall I think this would be a good thing for gaming.

ABizzel11129d ago

@Starchild

OMG, someone who understands. If these people get out of their bubble, and think logically it simply makes so much sense. THe thing is most of the people on n4g are ignorant when it come to PC gaming, so they don't understand all the benefits this has for MS and the Xbox brand. Literally thousands of games will be open to the platform if it's a PConsole.

The thing I don't see happening is MS using Steam, but even then they can just move XBL over to PC, and have their own service power the Xbox PConsole, and still have success, and still be able to optimize PC and it's own PConsole.

When I say PC console most people think of this which is just too much for the technologically challenged
http://images.bit-tech.net/...

But in reality it's more like this, and exactly the same as your current plug and play console, just using off the shelf PC parts.
http://www.blogcdn.com/www....

The only real problem I see is that it might force MS to go with Intel and NVIDIA since together they own the vast majority of PC market share. This means that in comparison to a PS5 that goes with AMD, there's a good chance the PS5 could be more powerful again at the same price.

Choosing between Intel + NVIDIA, vs. AMD is going to be the toughest choice for MS, and unfortunately I think the choice should be Intel + NVIDIA. However, I think both manufactures would be willing to make a deal with MS since NVIDIA is trying to change the way PCs are built with it's NVIDIA Link, Unified Memory, and Stacked RAM and a PConsole that will be owned by millions is the best way to ship that and hope for a worldwide change. Intel is less of a major need, but I doubt NVIDIA would want to allow MS to use an AMD CPU with their stuff.

I see these consoles coming in 2020 (2018 Nintendo), and if they stick to my plan then specs should look something like this.

XB PConsole
CPU: I7 4790k (should still be more than enough, and cheap by then)
GPU: NVIDIA Volta 1st gen hybrid GPU 10 TFLOPS (custom 2018 GPU)
RAM: 32GB (16GB DDR4, 8GB - 16GB GDDR6 / eDRAM)
SSD: 500GB
$500 2020

Their PConsole will always have a 6 year lifecycle (aka 2 - 3 PC hardware generations), and they can drop the price $100 every 2 years.

2020: $500
2022: $400
2024: $300
2026: $200 / new PConsole $500

It just makes sense.

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mark3214uk1130d ago

just because the ps4 is outselling it, it is still selling good so i cant see them getting rid of it unless there spending to much on advertising to sell the console than there making profit

ssj271130d ago

Halo - gears of war - forza on the PS5 whattttt lol

D-riders1129d ago

yeah I don't see console going away anytime soon because im already ready for a new Nintendo, and will be ready for ps5

UltraNova1129d ago

I've been ready for a new Nintendo console since the N64...I haven't seen one yet, you know a console that rivals other consoles out there at stuff that matters. It's a real shame we get to miss so many good games just because big N is stubborn. (Not to say I wont get a wii u eventually but it would be out of necessity not because I want to. Damn you Metroid, Mario and Zelda!)

Common N, make the next N64 already and I'll be the first to buy it!

andibandit1129d ago

But what defines console gaming?...as long as i can come home, sit on the couch and do some gaming with a gamepad on the big screen, I dont really care what type of hardware is underneath.

Eddie201011129d ago

What he does borders on market manipulation, just barely staying above the law.

I really don't understand the need for a market analyst on enthusiast game sites.

Evilsnuggle1129d ago (Edited 1129d ago )

Ever one can see that Microsoft wants out of the console business. Ever one but blind fanboys. How many articles have you read that said Microsoft wants out.

The ex CEO from Nokia said he would sell xbox brand. Microsoft put him in charge of xbox. Microsoft has lost 3 billion on the Xbox. Microsoft can see that there is only a slim chance of x1 out selling PS4.

Microsoft has been in the console business for 10 year and have never made a profit. Sony and Nintendo aren't going any where why ? Because both Sony and Nintendo have made money on consoles . Sony has made large profit on PS1 PS2 PS4 all but PS3 money . Nintendo make money on all There consoles and may make a profit on Wiiu.

X1 will be Microsoft last console . Microsoft might make a cloud games service

There will still be home game consoles. Just not one from Microsoft

http://www.neowin.net/news/...

Funantic11129d ago

Pachter said that consoles will disappear. Uhh that includes Playstation too. He might be right. There just might be new ways of playing games in the future.

revben1129d ago

What are talking about, xbox devision has been profitable from 2008. Please refer to sec filing of microsoft for the truth.

lfc_4eva1129d ago

@ColManischewitz

Yes but the question really is, how many years?

He is right that mobile devices and small android type set-top boxes will deliver amazing results in the coming years (some quite good looking stuff right now).

I think the biggest threat to Sony, MS and Ninty in the console arena is going to come from either Google or Apple. Apple can easily put together a gaming 'standard' , Iplay lets say for the sake of argument. It would sell like hotcakes.
If Google could create something similar from the ocean of android versions out there, I really feel they'd have a killer console on their hands.

bunfighterii1129d ago (Edited 1129d ago )

I don't think we should confuse the disappearance of a physical box meaning console style gaming will disappear, but the delivery format of games might move from a box you plug into your tv to a portable device that can be used anywhere or as a streaming service like PS Now. He's right in the sense that a console is essentially extra hardware you currently need to play these style games, whereas over time these capabilities might be built straight into phones, tvs etc.

I just dont want a future where physical media disappears - if the only way to play games was through xbox live, psn and steam, there'd be no price competition for big games and we'd all pay more.

Mystogan1129d ago (Edited 1129d ago )

i'll give consoles another 10 years. after that Playstation and Xbox will probably be a service delivered through maybe a chromecast or apple TV like device.

Jaqen_Hghar1129d ago

maybe not an exbox after this gen though

Kidmyst1129d ago

Read this and thought, So Sony will have a PS5 but will there be then no Xbox two? I don't believe 90% what Pachter says anyways and years ago I remember article after article of "PC's are dead, PC gaming is dead" but it's still very alive and well. If we gamers support it, there is no reason for it to go away, case in point the success of the PS4.

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Naga1130d ago (Edited 1130d ago )

Right, because Microsoft only does Xbox. So anything that they do that isn't Xbox is clearly a case of them preparing for life after Xbox.

I mean, it's not like they're a multi-billion dollar software giant with hundreds of products in dozens of markets, capable of making bold acquisitions for other reasons. Certainly not.

hello121130d ago (Edited 1130d ago )

In someways i think hes right, but this gen the x box 1 will be around till it its obsolete. Microsoft is experimenting playing games on the cloud with no lag but its not there yet. It be similar to what Sony has but with virtually no lag and more smooth. Games been played with your browser is another thing Microsoft is looking at doing.

To be honest i'd be happy if they switched to PC and moved whatever games they have on there. People are just not going to pay the extra to get better graphics on console. 400 to 500
dollars is not going to get you an amazing gaming console.

[email protected] Its a project Microsoft has been working on for a while to reduce lag.

http://www.theverge.com/201...

GameDev11130d ago (Edited 1130d ago )

"It be similar to what Sony has but with virtually no lag and more smooth."

Nearly impossible based on the variation of modems people have

Plus Gaikai has already achieved that with very little latency on a large scale even before Sony acquired them

Edit: @KNWS, yes but how long will that one take before we see the fruit of its labors? if we do. When there are already options that allow for little latency when gaming

bunfighterii1129d ago

Yeah its all dependent of a user's connection and environment which is outside of a dev's control. The idea of a console is hardware consistency. Connection inconsistency is as good as hardware inconsistency for cloud gaming.

Kemo_Spear1130d ago

"but this gen the x box 1 will be around till it its obsolete"
It was obsolete before it came out.
I keed Ikeed
just jokes folks

MrSec841130d ago

Delorean doesn't reduce lag, it attempts to mask it by rendering a bunch of different potential outcomes you may take within a game, then sending them to your hardware before you make your next move in a game.
It's like predictive text, it's never going to be 100% right all of the time and could likely end up making mistakes causing stuttering and likely causing more glitches within games.

There's also the issue of even more processing hardware being needed to render the extra potential patterns you'll take in the game, on-top of the extra power needed to do even more technically within a scene.

Actually reducing lag is impossible without putting the hosting server closer to the gamer.

The best option for the cloud is to just use it to render none latency sensitive tasks, with your hardware rendering things that need to be handled quickly.

kneon1129d ago (Edited 1129d ago )

It's also going to use up a lot of bandwidth. From the explanation I read they will send multiple versions of each frame and then the client side can pick the right one to display.

In practice I doubt this approach will really help much. Especially in multi-player where they have to guess what each player in the frame might do, thats a lot of possibilities and therefore a lot of data to send.

D-riders1129d ago

knws , do you even know what you just said. you said that ms is looking to do what sony is but without lag????? isn't that what sony is trying to do???

Eonjay1129d ago

PSN works damn near flawless with a good connection so if Sony can do it, Microsoft can do a streaming platform as well. PlayStation Now is cloud streaming. The idea of enhancing local hardware is nonsense, but if you stream everything from a better piece of hardware, its possible. This is the real always online platform.

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SpiralTear1130d ago

He said consoles would be obsolete next generation...like...two generations ago.

Naga1130d ago

Michael Pachter is clearly a super genius.

Nodoze1130d ago

We'll say what you will about him, he makes 6 figures to play and discuss video games. I'd say that is pretty smart.

Geoff9001130d ago

@Nodoze He analyzes the best stock options for investors, but frankly you don't have to be good at it aslong as you get some successes.

breakpad1130d ago (Edited 1130d ago )

Console will never be obsolete ..they maybe integrate more with mobile or PC and the net but obsolete will never disapear...Pachter only causing damage to MS by forseeing Xbone and consoles disappearance

DragoonsScaleLegends1130d ago

As soon as consoles are no longer made I will no longer buy new games simple as that. Classics can keep me entertained for life.

Ultr1130d ago

Why is that? Great games will still be made. Did you stop listening to music once they went digital only?

DragoonsScaleLegends1129d ago

They are completely different and not comparable mediums. Music benefited by getting higher quality music and more options for listening. Games only releasing on PC or Mobile will kill the magic and companies will definitely not invest as much as they currently are which means indies only. With less games there is a less chance of there being something special. Also how is digital music the same as there being a huge drop in the amount of good games being made and less choice in what to play games on.

Ultr1129d ago

you are just talking hypothetical.
There is no stopping the unevitable change that started with the Age of the Internet

BattleTorn1129d ago (Edited 1129d ago )

"There is no stopping the unevitable change that started with the Age of the Internet"

You say that as if we stream all of our music....

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Joe9131130d ago

I agree tried pc gaming never liked it just seemed like when a game came out I really wanted I needed to get a new graphics card that cost almost if not as much as my console anyway so I do not see a point but that is just me I rather have a dedicated machine for playing games.

starchild1129d ago

That's completely untrue. In fact, I'm playing "next gen" games on a PC that was mostly built last generation. All I upgraded was the graphics card.

And if a graphics card outperforms the consoles right now it will continue to do so throughout the generation. The hardware doesn't suddenly get slower. If a graphics card today can't max out games years from now it is only because those games are pushing entirely new levels of graphics that the consoles themselves won't be capable of.

For example, the 8800 GTX was able to play the same games as the consoles the entire generation, and at higher settings. It can even play graphical standouts like Crysis 2, The Witcher 2 and Tomb Raider. Not at max settings necessarily, but then again the 360 and PS3 can't play those games at anywhere close to max settings anyway.

I have no problem with you preferring a console for your gaming. I like console gaming too. But, come on, don't come up with BS reasons to make excuses for why you do.