Microsoft Stock at Second Highest in 6 Months Despite Always-on Rumours

Microsoft have taken a bashing over the last few weeks, partly because of their flat out refusal to discuss their next console and partly because of the actions of Adam Orth, the Microsoft creative director who took to Twitter in defense of an always online console. The top articles on sites like N4G and Reddit have almost consistently housed articles about why Microsoft are doing things wrong. Why, then, is their stock at almost the highest it's been in six months?

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greenpowerz2483d ago (Edited 2483d ago )

Bad press is only among fanboys on forums. Most people making noise are PS3 fanboys. Devs would love DRM and so would investors. Gamers with no internet would be devastated and would hurt MSFT bad although making devs and investors happy, as long as the install base was healthy because of DRM.

I still think if true in some way, people are confusing some up coming Auto feature needs of the retail console and some sort of pre launch dev kit security protocols both sharing the same needs.

DRM would make xbox the preferred console of choice but would not be worth the lost business from non internet consumers. If any of this was true the xbox wouldn't even come with or need a HDD or disc drive for that matter for games. Why invest in HDD and disc drive driving up the cost if you have a console that won't work without internet? Why not go full DDL? MSFT would be better off releasing a full cloud based system Which isn't practical with load issues and ISP bandwidth caps.

Gimmemorebubblez2483d ago

Im not trying to attack you greenpowerz, but if there was always-on DRM would it benefit YOU.

Insomnia_842483d ago (Edited 2483d ago )

Are you an investor? Will you gain anything from that? That's what I thought.
I'm a consumer, I'm the gamer, and so far, PlayStation is offering me what I want as a gamer and at the same time giving developers a very easy to use console and making both sides happy, not with some always-online bs but with what matters most to us gamers and developers...GAMES GAMES GAMES!!

If you don't own any developing studios or have no part in Microsoft, you are not gaining anything from what they are doing and I think this has to do more with what they are planning with the console aside from gaming.

Tultras2483d ago

A short sighted approach, even people with always on Internet ( who probably don't even exist ) they would not favour it.

I think a smart investor would know that without the CONSUMER driving the product, no matter how many games etc come out for a product, it's not worth it if the consumer is not buying into it.

you know what happens to Heavy DRM games on the PC, yeah.

I fail to see how Investors would like it.

miDnIghtEr20C_SfF2483d ago

I love how all the little kid fanboys think that "always online" means you can't even play a single player game without being connected. Bunch of younglings. Why would they make a console that you can't even play a SP game on? Why?

What's going to happen is the game publishers are going to set what games need to be online and what don't. Not the console makers. And guess what? It's going to happen on PS4 too. MS and Sony are going to leave it up to the publishers to say what games are always online.

Not the actual console.

Jesus... it's so easy. Yet some are so far up in it, they can't even see.

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Cocozero2483d ago

Thats because ONLY PS fanboys are crying and worried about the 720. Everyone else is excited and know whatever MS brings will likely bring them victory once again in the console battle.

Why o why2483d ago

Are you the new super watered down zhuk.

Green is power of green but I'm not sure who you are.

My business hat says this is great

My gamer hat is still waiting for their reveal as I doubt all the negative rumours are true so it's too early to form a balanced orion;)

green2483d ago

"Green is power of green but I'm not sure who you are"


Why o why2483d ago

Ha ha. Sorry green. . . I meant greenpowerz.

You're nothing like that guy. . in fact you're fair despite your horrible preference;)

FrigidDARKNESS2483d ago

Kaz Hirai is having a hard time convincing investors that a turn around is imminent. They arent getting any new moneys coming in which resulted in the sale both corporate headquarters in US and Japan.

MS could have shown the next xbox secretly behind close doors to investors and saw what the next console can do.

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Gimmemorebubblez2483d ago

Now tell me how many stocks you own in MSFT? Now if you don't own stock in MSFT then WHY THE HELL DO YOU CARE. Seriously stop living in a dream world, we get(even if some people disagree) that you are in LOVE with an emotionless BILLION DOLLAR corporation that probably doesn't even know you exist.

CEOSteveBallmer2483d ago

Yeah awesome news lets wait when it is announced on E3 or this may and we shall see who has the last laugh. Meanwhile at sony:

Insomnia_842483d ago

lol one of my fav movies when I was a kid! I still own it on DVD. I looked for it on BD but was not available at that time.

ZeroX98762483d ago

@ Cocozero

well, indirectly, The xbox way of doing things is going to greatly affect 3rd party devs behavior. maybe some of those 3rd party will go digital only instead of retail, since the next xbox is supposedly always online. then maybe those games will only be digital also on PS4 since they`re not distributing it at retail with the competitors.

PSN as greatly improved over the years and I`m pretty sure Xbox Live had a part to play in it. competition is one aspect that is driving this industry and that`s why even if I prefer Playstation over Xbox, I can`t turn a blind eye to the competition.

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iNathan2483d ago

Microsoft is too big to fall even if they drop Xbox, and i dont believe Xbox will be as bad as people are saying, i and if you are a true gamer we can only hope that is a great Console so we can buy and have fun.

Remember if Sony is the only ONE making a GREAT Console than none of us will have an alternative, monopoly market is bad for our or anyother industry so i say, make a damn fine Console Microsoft, competition is healthy and the more games the better.

CEOSteveBallmer2483d ago

We are not saying nintendo or sony should be the only ones in the gaming biz. Microsoft is at a loss or maybe they know but face it, they only care about money. same can be said of sony and nintendo atleast they listen to developers and fans. competition is healthy yes but I would rather want Sega back and replace microsoft.

ZeroX98762483d ago


well said, bubble for you!

Fishy Fingers2483d ago

Pretty sure a lot of the world isn't quite so concerned by some RUMOURS, no matter how many articles are bitching about it on N4G.

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