Submitted by -Mezzo- 1601d ago | article

Microsoft Has Now Spent Over Ten Years In The Console Business

Kotaku: Time flies, doesn't it? One day, you're thinking only Sega and Nintendo are capable of building quality, successful gaming hardware. The next, you wake up to find that Microsoft is building a video games console. (Microsoft, Xbox 360)

Warprincess116  +   1601d ago
Ugh i wished they never joined it.
M4ndat0ry_1nstall  +   1601d ago
Me too, competition is always bad.

Edit @mezzo: I think you missed the sarcasm :(
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-Mezzo-  +   1601d ago
Competition is never bad, Competition is the only reason we get AAAE games on each consoles, the eagerness to outdo you opponent has always been good for Gamers.

@M4ndat0ry_1nstall -- i guess i did :D
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LOGICWINS  +   1601d ago | Well said
@Warprincess116- If it wasn't for the 360's early success, the PS3 would be still be $400 and PSN would have half the features it has now. I hope your being sarcastic, because ud have to be a COMPLETE fool not too see that it was the 360 that lit the fire under Sony ass to improve and get rid of their "ull want to get two jobs to buy a PS3" elitist mentality.

As a PS3 gamer, I'm happy Microsoft brought out the best in Sony.

Man, Xbox Live ALONE did sooo much for online console gaming. Such an ignorant comment dude. If your being serious, PLEASE go educate yourself.
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Munky  +   1601d ago

bub + for you man, refreshing to read a impartial comment on here.
ASSASSYN 36o  +   1601d ago
Defintely bubbles to logicwin. Well said.
Godmars290  +   1601d ago
MS brought the wrong kind of competition as far as I'm concerned. Were more focused on undermining the competition than doing better. Are certainly in arguably worse shape as a game publisher than when they first entered into consoles.
darthv72  +   1601d ago
"Ugh i wished they never joined it. "
That statement takes me back to 1995. When people felt the same way towards Sony and the Playstation.

If anything, a newcomer brings with them the desire for the others to be better than they are.
BrutallyBlunt  +   1601d ago
As much as I like them being here I would not like them to have control of the market. Look at Sony and how well they have done in the past to being overly arrogant this generation. Nintendo and Microsoft managed to keep them in check. Now the Platstation 3 offers great value and Sony has been very aggressive in their own 1st party studios.
Blad3star  +   1601d ago
@Godmars - "MS brought the wrong kind of competition as far as I'm concerned"

Your either too young or just dont want to remember how Sony use to bully Sega and Nintendo with lame ads (Crash Bandicott) also you know that the main reason why the Dream Cast is dead is because Sony (PSP 2) kept alot of 3rd party developers under there pocket that gen.

If your not going to congradulate MS for lasting this long as many thought they would follow the Sega fate, THEN GTFO YOU TROLL.
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cliffbo  +   1601d ago

you are an idiot long before MS joined the console war sony had the ps1 which came out in the uk for £340 as i got one day 1 and that is what it was sold for and nobody complained about the price back then.

all consoles come out expensive to begin with and sony's strategy has always been the same lower price gradually over time nobody needed to light a match under anyone's arse.

this has always been there strategy if anything it is the reverse and that is why the xbox 360 has continued to lower there price in an attempt to desperate attempt to combat the ps3's sales.

if they had not lowered there prices the argument of the 360 beating the ps3 would not exist which is why ps3 sales continue to catch up to the 360 year on year.

and as for the psn it would of had all of the features it has now if you had actually read your history you would of known that sony had been talking about these features since the ps2 days it has just taken them this long to implement them because in Europe the internet was not fast enough to support such a service that is why the xbox live service didn't become what it was until the 360 came about.

in summery it is you who needs to educate yourself and read up on your history instead of making rash judgements.

wiki is your friend

incidentally the 3DO was $700 when it released and no one complained
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NiKK_419  +   1601d ago
i'm glad they joined for the competition, because sony and nintendo only on the market this gen...wouldn't be very good competition-wise, but that doesn't mean i'm every going to buy a 360, i don't like microsoft with consoles, but i do love windows 7 and windows phone 7
Godmars290  +   1601d ago
I'm old enough - far older than I wish to admit - to know that Sega screwed their own pouche through mismanagement. Hinting at the Dreamcast when the Saturn hadn't even been released, then just dumping that console on the market. That's why they lost support.
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Halo_Reach  +   1601d ago
More 10 to COME!
Nice Work MS , started from 0 and now on TOP!
Warprincess116  +   1601d ago
No Sony on top.
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BK-201  +   1601d ago
Nintendo is on top sales wise, Sony is on top quality wise and MS is on top socially.
LOGICWINS  +   1601d ago
Well said.
theonlylolking  +   1601d ago
I still dont see how much more social M$ is then nintendo and sony.
Kalowest  +   1601d ago
Im still surprised they lasted this long.
aviator189  +   1601d ago
Same here. I thought they'd drop after the first xbox managed lackluster sales, but they've really managed to get it together since then.
Lamarthedancer  +   1601d ago
I'm more surprised that people still have faith in them to deliver in 2011 everytime they open their mouth and say something like "2011 for the 360 is amazing".
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The_Ultimate_Guy  +   1601d ago
Far worse was Sony charging $600 at launch for a PS3 and people were buying them when there were no games until 3 years later.
Xfanboy  +   1601d ago
I have a feeling Xbox 720 & PC could be linked in someway with windows! But Sony will do it also in other way!

New consoles need to ship next year!!
Arknight  +   1601d ago
I sure hope not? Why would you want to spend more on new consoles when they are still working on maxing out the ones we have now?......well, one of them, at least.
MajestieBeast  +   1601d ago
One day, you're thinking only Sega and Nintendo are capable of building quality, successful gaming hardware. The next, you wake up to find that Microsoft is building a video games console.

Ahh no mention of sony i see what you did there Kotaku.
Arknight  +   1601d ago
At least they didn't include Microsoft in a sentence with those that build quality, successful hardware.
Raven_Nomad  +   1601d ago
I remember when I first saw Kotor and Halo on the original XBox I knew I had to have one, then when I saw Gears Of War on the Xbox 360 I knew that was true next generation gaming.

Been an amazing 10 years and I wish them the best of luck for many decades to come. It's truly hard to come into an established market and grab a large piece like they have managed to do, put out some amazing games and tech as well.

One thing is certain, people should definitely take note on how to run a successful online service for gaming as XBL has epitomized organized and fun online gaming. I remember playing NFL 2K5 on the PS2 online and getting pissed at all the lag and how rudimentary the online was. then I got a free trial for XBL and couldn't believe something so grand existed simply for online gaming, now they've expanded on that and are excelling in the console and game market.

Congratulations Microsoft!
citan  +   1601d ago
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ASSASSYN 36o  +   1601d ago
Glad I got to be apart of the Xbox-live beta. I knew when I was skipping class in college that it was going to be a hit.
Convas  +   1601d ago
Congrats to MS for staying in the game so long. They got what they wanted in the form of Marketshare. But now we need a bit more from MS than just marketshare. We need more than just sales.

MS, if you are reading this, we need you to turn back on the flame, to re-equip the passion that drove you guys when you first started the Xbox brand. The flame that drove you to pick up promising new IPs like Halo, Alan Wake, Perfect Dark, etc.

You've got the money, you've got the install base, you've calmed the investors. Get to work, and for the love of God, give us more Games.
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Agent_S  +   1601d ago
Well said.
Krakn3Dfx  +   1601d ago
10 years and still no sequel to Brute Force.

Lizard Man, let's roll!
Agent_S  +   1601d ago
I know isnt that a damn shame. Give us Brute Force 2!
MaximusPrime  +   1601d ago
Congratulations to MS. Even though they haven't dominated the world yet, Sony and Nintendo are both kings of console gaming.

If MS can last as long as the other two Japanese companies, then they ll be the third king
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lee_ten  +   1601d ago
hopefully they make a more reliable console and introduce more exclusive games now.
mcstorm  +   1601d ago
This was a big ask for MS to get hold of the market the way they have after Sega pulled out and the market only looked good for the ps brand as the gamecube and n64 sals were no where near. Then along came the Xbox and allthough sales were not that high everyone knew they were going to be a force and they have managed to do that this Gen. Here is to the next 10 years MS.

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