ZeniMax's 'Orion,' and how it will boost Microsoft's Xbox cloud streaming

Microsoft shook the industry this week when it revealed its $7.5 billion acquisition of ZeniMax Media, which gives it the rights to legendary IP like The Elder Scrolls, DOOM, Fallout, and all of the talented studios known for making these epic, lasting experiences. One of the biggest criticisms of Xbox since practically forever has been the quality of its internal portfolio, which leaned incredibly heavily on Halo as its primary exclusive offering. With ZeniMax under its belt, that narrative is well and truly shattered — but there's another vastly important aspect to this acquisition that is being overlooked

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Sonyslave331d ago

I'm pretty sure ms already have tech similar or if not better then this. I hope Ms start licensing out Id Tech game engine to third party developers.

SierraGuy30d ago (Edited 30d ago )

Nope...orion is superior in every way.

Xcloud streams at 60fps but only 720p.

Orion allows 4K 60fps with less bandwidth.

Also if game steaming grows to a $15 billion industry like they're predicting...this is the main reason MS acquired Zenimax.

phoenixwing30d ago

That might explain why they bought zenimax more than just to buy some studios which they could have done anywhere.

ArmrdChaos30d ago

....and why they were willing to pay what they did.

NeoGamer23230d ago

$7.5 bln for 8 studios is 937.5 million per studio.

That price isn't bad for good development studios. Mojang was way more expensive.

CBaoth30d ago

@ Neogamer - you think almost paying a billion for each developer is a good price? That has to be some of the dumbest shit I've read here in a long time. Insomniac's $230 million deal is a good price to pay for a GOOD developer. Paying a billion for MachineGames and Wolfenstein: Youngblood is laughable.

Of course this wasn't done due to the devs. Owning the IP rights to ES and FO is great, but having a great 1st party engine and less reliance on Unreal is a huge factor. Seems like Orion could've played a big part in the acquisition too and where MS sees the biggest growth this gen. Thanks for the info Sierra Guy!

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potatoseal30d ago

"games that will now be exclusive to Xbox platforms"

Yeah when was that confirmed? Or are you just making up your own bullshit?

sushimama30d ago

"When Microsoft purchased ZeniMax this week, we were all blinded by the dazzling array of amazing games that will now be exclusive to Xbox platforms. There's another massive aspect of this package that is being a tad overlooked."

NOWHERE in the article was that said or written. This is made up LIES from the person that submitted the story. It reflects badly on WindowsCentral gaming website to have some blatantly lie like this.

Every single announced Bethesda game will not be exclusive to Xbox platforms. In the distant future, no one knows any different yet.

Extermin8or3_30d ago

Ahhhh it makes alot more sense now this is the real reason why they purchased Zenimax media. Its also why they will let Bethesda still publish their own games in their own name....etc.

NeoGamer23230d ago

You don't pay $7.5 bln for a few patents on game streaming.

phoenixwing29d ago (Edited 29d ago )

It's not just patents it's working code

Muzikguy30d ago

"we were all blinded by the dazzling array of amazing games that will now be exclusive to Xbox platforms" 😂😂😂 no.