JMaine5183123d ago (Edited 3123d ago )

Nice get Microsoft. They will now be making money off many games.

Harryseveruspotter3123d ago

O ye the are making money....!!!!

donthate3123d ago

...and people kept saying MS is selling Xbox division, yet at every turn MS keeps investing into gaming from MineCraft, DX12 to Havok.

Havok combined with Xbox Live Cloud Compute is going to be amazing! Looking forward to Crackdown 3 beta next summer! :D

nveenio3123d ago

@donthate, they could sell Xbox and still license out Havok and DX12 and make plenty of money off of the Minecraft franchise. People used to think Valve would make Half Life 3, but they've been making all the money they need off of Steam. Microsoft may just be thinking, "Hey, maybe they're onto something." The next generation of Xbox may be more like a Steam Machine than a traditional console.

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Gazondaily3123d ago (Edited 3123d ago )

They should rename it Xbox Havok. Would be a complete mind **** seeing that at the start of Uncharted 4 or other Playstation exclusives.

Mad acquisition. RKO outta nowhere. Half the games I see have that Havok logo in them. I wonder why Intel sold it?

gangsta_red3123d ago

@brofist

Or more tools for their first party studios to make better games.

4Sh0w3123d ago (Edited 3123d ago )

@brofist
"Lol more money that could've been spent on a first party studio. It's like monkeys making decisions"

-Yeah 'cause 1st party studio's don't need stupid stuff like a good physics engines even monkeys know games are made out of Elmers glue and pop sickle sticks.

@donthate
-Looks like PC World agrees with you:
"Microsoft gives more weight to gaming plans with Havok physics engine acquisition"
http://www.pcworld.com/arti...

-Naturally it makes sense, Microsoft has continued to invest heavily in gaming with Nadella on the record from day one that gaming is a priority and of course he appointed Phil to make it happen. I think this is a great acquisition since they will continue to licensing Havok's software to other companies including Nintendo and Sony for license fees. It's obviously a great physics engine due to its flexibility for a wide variety of genres which is why so many well known games like Halo, COD, Uncharted, Killzone, L4D, Mortal Kombat, Crackdown, Bioshock, I mean you name it have used it....I just like to see gaming divisions on any platform invest for the future= more games.

otherZinc3123d ago

Amazing! M$ is clearly going after the throat of gaming.

Halo 5 Guardians is going further this strategy October 27th.

Death3123d ago

Microsoft sells more than video games. It's silly to assume any money they spend should be used on video games instead. It's not difficult to look online and see how many studios they own and what they are working on. Since this gen started Microsoft has been releasing first party games pretty regularly. I'm not sure what people are comparing them to when they say they should do more.

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4Sh0w3123d ago (Edited 3123d ago )

@ColonelHugh
The only problem with your analogy is that sony does not own Blu-ray, they are 1 of about 20 Board of Director Members, while as of now unless I missed something Microsoft owns Havok. Plus the VC-1 codec used in Blu-rays is owned by Microsoft. Sony has no proprietary ownership of Havok's physics engine.

That said no need for any petty back and forth, Havok will still be used for sony games.

christocolus3123d ago (Edited 3123d ago )

@brofist

Wut?lmao. This move benefits Ms studios. Lmao. You guys. XD

@4show

Well said.

Foehammer3123d ago

"Part of this innovation will include building the most complete cloud service, which we’ve just started to show through games like “Crackdown 3.”

MS is about to take gaming to the next level.

Can't wait:

-Unmatched destruction
-effects like volumetric fog
-smarter and more NPCs

Genuine-User3123d ago (Edited 3123d ago )

@Septic

Why would it be a complete mind ****?

It'll be business as usual.

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fr0sty3123d ago (Edited 3123d ago )

@4show

Sony owns a chunk of Blu-Ray, CD, and DVD. They get royalties for each. MS owns VC1 and WMV/WMA, both of which are in PS3 and PS4 (not sure about the latter with PS4, but PS3 does support it)... and now one of many physics middleware options.

End point, both pay each other for various technologies that they own patents for.

This move doesn't really strengthen their position in the console war, as there are other physics middleware options available and Sony can just code their own as well if they really needed to. However, this does open a new revenue stream, especially from third party developers.

nix3123d ago (Edited 3123d ago )

Nothing.

It's just like starting Sony laptop and seeing Windows startup screen.

If they charge (Sony) more for developing games then that would be stupid bcoz there are lots of other game engines devs can buy. Hell.. Sony's teams can make own engines and share it around.

Gazondaily3123d ago

@ Genuine

"Why would it be a complete mind ****?

It'll be business as usual."

When have you seen Xbox or Playstation in the boot up for one of the opposing platforms?

_-EDMIX-_3123d ago (Edited 3123d ago )

@Septic- ""Why would it be a complete mind ****?

It'll be business as usual."

When have you seen Xbox or Playstation in the boot up for one of the opposing platforms?"

?? Why are you so immature for? Do you think that because your a fanboy that MS and Sony are too? They are a business,

GenuineUser is 100% correct, this is business.

When do you we see MS on a non-MS platform? Anytime you use Windows Media licences ie right now for PS3 and PS4 (if it supports WMA that is), Windows is on Sony's Vaios (when they use to make em) and you can still use windows media licences on Sony devices, Sony owns a part of Bluray as they where one of the companies along with Panasonic that created it...you very much still see their name along with several other companies as credited for that format when used else where, You'll see MS's name in Minecraft when downloaded else where as they own the IP, you see Sony's name when Spider-man games are on other platforms...I'm sorry but you can't be this young as to just think Sony and Microsoft are like cats and dogs.

They are a business, as to why MS has Bluray in their system, they are a damn business, their goal is to MAKE MONEY, Sony's next media format they are working on, expect it to be a MS system down the line and for PC as a drive as its not some childish, immature, fanboy tog of war...they both work with each other in many, many different areas.

Sony's films and music are not BANNED on MS platforms lol, Sony's devices are not BANNED by MS on Windows and Minecraft is still on PS3 ,Vita and PS4, in fact it came out AFTER MS made that deal.

Minecraft Story by Telltale is coming to all platforms...MS clearly owns the IP being used.

Sooo no, MS isn't like you, they actually care about making money more than trying to win some silly battle.

Their battle is trying to make money, not fighting Sony LOL!

Sooo "Would be a complete mind **** seeing that" Yes..for someone who knows so little about the industry as to not know both companies work with each other often.

Or did you think that Diddy Kong Racing DS had nothing to do with Microsoft despite them owning the team? Both MS and Sony own so many licences that they both use from each other its not even funny. Your merely new to this concept.

Monster_Tard3123d ago

@_-EDMIX-_

Well said. Don't forget Viva Pinata for DS also.

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lxeasy3123d ago (Edited 3123d ago )

That's pretty huge news, I hope Microsoft continues to allow havoc to also work on third party games.
Congrats Microsoft

Kal0psia3123d ago (Edited 3123d ago )

Of course they are, only way to make money. But I think the best version of this proprietary technology will be exclusive with it's cloud implemenations obviously.

Microsoft is a competitive monster, bunch of honey badters. Can't say the same for Sony. So nothing surprising.

OpieWinston3123d ago

All Major publishers games use Havok. Lots of revenue to be gained by Havok in the future. Especially if MS buys AMD and boosts it's Software support.

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mkis0073123d ago

It python

That would be illegal dude...ftc would be aLl over them.

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ratchet4263123d ago

@Death,

Microsoft went to court (and lost) for *illegally tying* Internet Explorer to the Windows OS - claiming it was an intergral "feature" of Windows. Even though at the time there was a retail version of IE available as a separate product. The DoJ won and MS was convicted of being a predatory monopoly.

kickerz3123d ago

Excellent work Microsoft

Christopher3123d ago

@4show: They're not giving Win 10 away for free, they're giving you a free upgrade from Win 7 or Win 8. That's not free. Just wanted to make that distinction before we started the thought that it was completely free.

Death3123d ago

@Ratchet,

The issue with IE wasn't that it was integral to Windows, the issue was Netscape which owned the browser market with over 75% market share was selling their browser software. When Microsoft made internet browsing free, Netscape no longer had a business model. As the net grew and more people used it we did indeed see the vulnerability created for the OS through the browser. By having a significant share of the browser market, Microsoft has a better chance of correcting these exploits faster. The DOJ was unable to determine the significance the net has on OS security. The only thing they could see was Netscapes business losses since Microsoft gave a competing software solution away for free. I'm not sure how much of a win this was for the DOJ since Internet Explorer is still part of the Windows platform.