Microsoft looking to make Skype default chat service - Report

CVG source claims the publisher has plans to consolidate "all their communications technology" around Skype; next-gen Xbox will reportedly see asynchronous voice and video messages.

A new report has surfaced, claiming to contain more details about Microsoft's proposed plans for the VoIP platform Skype, which the publisher acquired in 2011 for $8.5 billion.

The CVG report cites an anonymous source "familiar with the matter", who reportedly told the publication that Microsoft is planing to consolidate its communications technology around Skype in the near future, including implementing it as the default chat service on the next-generation Xbox console, as well as on PCs and tablets.

"You might jump to the conclusion that we'll see asynchronous voice and video messages in next-gen Xbox Live," the source told CVG.

Skype's applications currently run both on home PCs and mobile devices, and use a peer-to-peer network for voice and video traffic. The company was founded in 2003.

GameSpot has reached out to Microsoft for comment and will continue to update this story.

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07wintert
07wintert

most logical thing to do and they want to transfer game scores as well iv heard nothing about that.

MordeaniisChaos
MordeaniisChaos

Just please let this mean you'll give the PC client a full reworking. I'd like it to be closer to the Windows Live Messenger client, that was a great client. Skype is ugly, clunky, and just generally not great in terms of actual softaware. It's great for communicating though, and being able to access Skype on a console would be pretty awesome. It was awesome when they switched XBL's voice over to be like Skype's, so I have confidence this'll be a good thing if it comes about. Seems highly unlikely it won't happen, all things considered. Why purchase Skype without plans to use it?

JulyAeon
JulyAeon

i really miss my "old" skype!!!

6orange6
6orange6

"You might jump to the conclusion that we'll see asynchronous voice and video messages in next-gen Xbox Live," the source told CVG

'asynchronous' odd term to choose, with several meanings....

my money is on this one;

3 (of two or more objects or events) not existing or happening at the same time.


phillkillv2
phillkillv2

Man, hearing of all these changes will make me miss the un complex Xbox 360.

megakick
megakick

Microsoft has Windows and now Skype. Micosoft is everywhere.

CraigNinten
CraigNinten

Goodbye 64kbits poor quality voice chatting, welcome our fat superior skype voice chat!

senjutsu
senjutsu

Would make sense since it's a M$ service. I hope we'll see a Skype app on the PS3 as well. I know Skype is owned by M$, but they do their app on Apple devices and Android devices as well (even nintendo I think?). Still, I'm never gonna pay for this, and since I never paid for XBL Gold, I won't have access to Skype as well. It's one of the reasons why I buy pretty much all my games on the PS3 instead. You get all the stuff for free instead of paying non stop.

ON3nOnly
ON3nOnly

Ahhhhhh how I love you so Microsoft!! EXACTLY why Xbox has been destroying the playstation platform, thanks for a unified service that just keeps on giving.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Skyping? I don't know whether to shudder or squeal.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

well you can now sign into skype using your windows live id and they are phasing out window live messenger in favor of skype so.

Alex4789123
Alex4789123

YES! Now i'll be able to hear the twelve year olds yelling in my ear with perfect clarity.

jark888
jark888

Don't wait until next gen. Do it now.

kazzu
kazzu

Looking at the comments. Seems like people will start console wars over anything...

soulless4now
soulless4now

Not surprising since they're phasing out the MSN program. 

skyshot16
skyshot16

I think this is great, keeping everything in one place keeps thing's simple and convenient.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

Skype has been getting worse and worse ever since M$ bought it in fact it got so bad that now I hardly use it I would rather use something else

Salt_AU
Salt_AU

LOLSony still using a keyboard to communicate?  


fillup0
fillup0

No doubt they will make you pay for gold and a Skype subscription too.

weisguy119
weisguy119

Well, there goes all those fake "female" gamers.

baxwam
baxwam

holy crap about time!!!

C_A_G_E
C_A_G_E

makes sense to use skype. 

1. They bought the company/patents

2. If reports are to be believed (no reason to think otherwise) the next xbox will ship with kenectic. Video chat is the next logical step for a system that ships with a camera

3. Handling chat, message systems though the system is a standard set this generation. 

CRS98
CRS98

"LOL U NEED GOLD"

Oh, and look at all the money Sony has. Just extremely successful and profitable, investing it in their products to make it a much better experience than the competition has to offer.

Right, anyway, never used Skype before, but if I can video chat and do everything else at the same time, it sounds pretty awesome.

Aentikraist
Aentikraist

more online things = less investment in games and fun perfect everyday u just scream to me choose PS4 though i i have to thank you for that ;) i will dont worry

deadruler08
deadruler08

Laura Parker, please allow me the illustrious opportunity to wrap my lips around your toes

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

"next-gen Xbox will reportedly see asynchronous voice and video messages"

isn't that a step backwards?

If messages aren't synched with audio and video, they look terrible like, skype used to.

andrew_ribbons
andrew_ribbons

Consolidation of their platforms.  A fair enough goal.  Everyone keeps barking on about how Apple's devices talk to each other so well in the ecosystem.  MS is going after just that, with Xbox, Windows (& tablet), and Windows Phones.  I can't see much problem with that tbh.  Having all my contacts appear on Skype Xbox would be cool, plus the 360 always used Messenger.  Which is being turned off now.

XspidervenomX
XspidervenomX

I dont want to SKYPE my whole living room . Skype is fine for a phone or PC in front of your face but my home is private.. would be all echoes anyways..

MordeaniisChaos
MordeaniisChaos

It just means it'll be like messages were before, but they'll use Skype's back end stuff. Sort of like when they upgraded the voice on XBLA to mirror Skype. 

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

@shadowhunter0 how can a chat program get worst just because ms own it. i sense some one likes to jump on hate bandwagons.

senjutsu
senjutsu

@Salt_AU Better than Paying for a gold membership to use Skype on the xbox, while it's free on all other platform (like iOS, Android, Nintendo, etc). The top would be that the PS3 get the Skype app too, then PS3 users would get the app without the fees lol.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@Salt_AU wrong hell the ps2 and psp had voice chat in some of their games and if not all ps3 online games have voice chat just not everyone uses it and I would rather a few people use voice chat then have allot of people use voice chat and listening to all those annoying little kids insulting each other

bubba_1988
bubba_1988

@Weasley28 Dude i think your vacuum cleaner deserves to be the only electronic device to be turned on at a time, you owe it to 'her'

grand17
grand17

ps3 has had skype for a while already. why would i care if a business is profitable or not as long as im getting the best value

Salt_AU
Salt_AU

@queuing_for_PS4 People have no problems paying for a superior service, that was proven with the current gen, it will be no different with the next gen.

96augment
96augment

@deadruler08 Her toes? Really? That's what you like most about her? Whatever floats your boat.

OU_Munky
OU_Munky

@grand17. ...and the economy just collapsed

dude976
dude976

@grand17 ...Because if it ceases to be profitable, it'll cease to exist?

RainIsMyDrug
RainIsMyDrug

@Salt_AU @queuing_for_PS4 Keep telling yourself its superior.  I can see MS telling each other " Look at those fool, just cause they buy the service they automatically think its the best thing out there when in truth it just the same only we are making load of money off them."

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@Salt_AU @queuing_for_PS4 but the thing is it isn't superior they are about equal and FWI pc is FAR BETTER than any of those services and it is FREE has well just because you are paying to play games online doesn't make it better

Daemoroth
Daemoroth

@RainIsMyDrug @Salt_AU @queuing_for_PS4 Man, you guys fight over anything. Here's what I remember about Sony's "free" platform:

- Free everything service

- Can also install Linux

We all know how the Linux idea ended up post-launch. And should I introduce you to PS Plus? At least MS came out of the gate with their sub and didn't back out of promises made, so yeah, neither side has squeaky clean reps in this argument.

You as consumers have the ability to choose, so make your choice and let others make theirs.