Xbox remains open to further acquisitions as it ‘strives to be a major player’

Microsoft wants to continue growing Xbox content, whether organically or though M&A

darthv72577d ago

While i commend their desire to grow... I feel the money would be better spent on finishing the games that their current studios have trouble completing in a timely manner.

Christopher577d ago

I don't think that's their highest priority. I think they have a goal on how to start the next "generation" and they need a certain level of market control, not on-time games.

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@vxhyuahcsgzzdlxzum It wouldn't benefit Microsoft to attempt to control 100% of gaming since that would make them an easy target for anti-compete proponents and regulators.

I'm sure part of the reason MS chose to keep COD on Playstation is to ensure that Sony continues to be the market leader so that the spotlight is always on them when it comes to these "monopoly" conversations.

VenomUK577d ago

Microsoft has repeatedly said statements that mean opposing things. First it said that it would keep Call of Duty on PlayStation. Last week we learnt it told Sony this would be for just three more years beyond its promotional partnership for the franchise. Now Xbox in a PR statement and not in a legal capacity has said VGC: “In its response to the CMA’s announcement, Xbox said “it makes zero business sense for Microsoft to remove Call of Duty from PlayStation given its market leading console position.””

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Noskypeno577d ago

There was a time when Spiderman wasn't a Sony property.

Sharky231577d ago

If they own everything then the future doesn’t look too good. I don’t want one group to own everything.

S2Killinit577d ago

That has always been my issue with MS, they are not about making games and competing. They want to dominate by purely corporate means. They are eating up the industry not becaise they need more studios to maximize game production, they want more studios so they can keep the games off other platforms.

kayoss576d ago

That’s the problem. They keep making promises that they never keep. All these acquisitions but yet we haven’t seen or heard anything.

Christopher576d ago

***There was a time when Spiderman wasn't a Sony property.***

Sony doesn't own Spider-man. They just have a license agreement for its use in film and the few games they make. Spider-man, for example, is in the upcoming Midnight Suns game, not made or in any way published by Sony.

This is, IMHO, the best way to control IP. License them out to many parties who can make good games with them.

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sparky77577d ago

I am pretty sure they are doing both, the money MS spends on purchases isn't the same money used for funding game development.

darthv72577d ago

given the current track record for releases... I'd say otherwise. all of their projects that have yet to be released need as much help in getting finished as they can. buying up other studios doesn't solve that problem, it only adds more that they would need to manage instead of managing what they have.

Christopher577d ago

Yeah, that's why they're being reviewed right now, btw. Because it's not Xbox profits being used to buy things, but Big Microsoft buying out the competition. And, if you don't think that affects Xbox studios, you're heavily misguided. Just look at their recent plans to not deliver on Halo features they said they would deliver on. They've got the money to make it happen, but they can't even compete with No Man's Sky in delivering on missed promises.

ABizzel1577d ago

Unfortunately, I agree with Darth on this. Most of the studios they bought for Xbox have underwhelmed or still don't have release dates for their games. Meanwhile, they're primarily surviving off of GamePass and the Publishers they purchased.

From a games perspective, this is been a subpar start for Xbox, and possibly their worst (which is saying a lot) and mainly because Launch and 2022 have have been poor for Series.

It's like MS said let's just launch the 2 consoles, one with really good specs, one at a budget cost, and then survive on GamePass for the entire generation, while we buy publishers, and try to take the gaming crown in 2028 when Xbox 5 launches and we own Bethesda, Activision, and possibly EA / Ubisoft / etc...

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Jin_Sakai577d ago

Like Phil said, Tencent are already the worlds largest gaming company. It’s either sit back and let them aggressively take over the gaming industry of continue being a major player yourself.

Christopher577d ago

Incomparable. Tencent only owns 100% in fewer studios than Microsoft or Sony. But they own stakes in a ton of video game studios and that's why they are seen as bigger, not because they own more games, make more money, or the like. They just spread their money out far and wide for stakeholder investment.

Furthermore, Phil saying that isn't forgiving their position, they're setting the goalpost for them and that's Tencent. Let alone with Bethesda and Activision/Blizzard, they then own the most profitable third-party IP, way more valuable than all of Tencent's 100% owned Western companies.

Furthermore, Tencent doesn't own hardware. Microsoft does. That means they're leveraging new software purchases to push out other hardware companies. That's the issue here. If Microsoft went 100% software, this issue wouldn't exist. But it does so the issue is of concern.

GamingSinceForever577d ago

Apparently money isn’t the issue with MS and their studios.

crazyCoconuts577d ago

Scary that I'm agreeing with you more and more Darth. I think this massive increase in size is really something MS has to adjust to and make sure they apply the appropriate amount of oversight to. Stabilize the org and improve it before jumping in with another acquisition...

darthv72577d ago (Edited 577d ago )

I'm not a bad person, I just have opinions that jive with different people from time to time. We may not always agree but there is bound to be some that we do.

crazyCoconuts577d ago

I know, I'm just enjoying the synergy of our ideology for this rare moment in time 😉

Godmars290577d ago

Would be better spent establishing a basic/stable foundation for current studios you mean.

As is they're just adding to the piles of waste and stagnation.

darthv72577d ago

That's another way of putting it.

Why add more place settings at the table when they can't even get the food out to those who have been waiting with empty plates?

neutralgamer1992577d ago

That statement means they are done. Whatever they say usually means opposite and they best hope UK and EU approve their Activision acquisition because Sony as a brand is a major player in EU

Personally speaking this acquisition shouldn't be approved unless Ms can give in writing that most of these big franchises will not be exclusive. BTW this is coming from a Xbox fan. Long term I hate the fact acquiring publishers is considered normal

Right now Xbox side might be happy but if this means Sony will buy square Capcom or Sega and make those games exclusives does that really mean more choices for gamers or less

Sadly if Activision acquisition is approved we best believe sony will invest 15-20 billion more and they have the inside track to acquire Japanese publishers anyway

As gamers we want to buy the platform of our choice and get equal support from these 3rd party publishers

Anghellic577d ago

Sony delayed horizon and god like 3 times 😆

Godmars290577d ago

How's Halo infinite again?

jznrpg576d ago (Edited 576d ago )

And they released games at launch and games after that one time . Covid affected them too but what’s MS excuse now ? It’s not covid it’s not money and it’s not studios . It’s that they don’t care about this gen at all and are looking to get as many 3rd party games off PlayStation for the future . That is their only goal right now take away from PS as much as they can instead of making good games now with their limitless money we always hear about .

Lifexline577d ago

Are people not smart enough to realize as each generation comes games take longer to make. Microsoft’s problem is revealing their games too early when they are still a few years off. They will be fine they have an abundance of games coming out in the next couple of years almost too many.

But it makes sense they obviously have ambitions to be the biggest player in gaming and currently they are not I believe that is what they mean by becoming a major player.

Godmars290577d ago

MS's problem is that they're putting the cart before the cart.

And no, didn't et the old saying "putting the cart before the horse" wrong, its just that they are that inept when it comes to making games.

no one can argue that they're great with online infrastructure, that they created online for consoles, thing is that's all they've ever really been focused on: games for the servicing of that infrastructure.