Too scared to even consider buying a PS4.

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#-49 Posted by Sali217 (1290 posts) -
[QUOTE="Sali217"][QUOTE="RogueStatus28"]Microsoft is Microsoft, they could buy Sony and Nintendo if they wanted tojimmypsn
Not they couldn't, for a myriad of reasons. One of the biggest being that the Japanese government wouldn't allow it. Sony may see a government bailout at some point, similar to american automotive manufactures.

No MS could buy Sony and Nintendo but would get slapped with monopolistic fines. Every lemming knows MS could end Sony and Nintendo with one signature on a sheet of paper.

People don't understand how big of a company sony actually is, Their liquid cash is low and their debt high, but their assets are huge. Sony actually makes more money yearly than Microsoft, the problem is the also spend considerably more money than Microsoft. So their profit margins are much lower. Consider this though, In order for Microsoft to completely buy out Sony they'd have to buy, Sony Corp. (Audio, Computing, Photography, Video, Semiconductor and component, and Medical-related business.), Sony Mobile Communications (Phones and tablets), Sony Computer Entertainment (This is where Playstation is.), Sony Pictures Entertainment (Movies.), Sony Music Entertainment (Record company, and also a music publishing company.), Sony also has a Financial holdings company. As well as a slew of important trade marks. It would take an incredible amount of money to buy all of Sony's assets, I doubt even Apple or Exxonmobile could do it, let alone Microsoft.
#-48 Posted by jimmypsn (4425 posts) -
[QUOTE="Sali217"][QUOTE="jimmypsn"][QUOTE="Sali217"] Not they couldn't, for a myriad of reasons. One of the biggest being that the Japanese government wouldn't allow it. Sony may see a government bailout at some point, similar to american automotive manufactures.

No MS could buy Sony and Nintendo but would get slapped with monopolistic fines. Every lemming knows MS could end Sony and Nintendo with one signature on a sheet of paper.

People don't understand how big of a company sony actually is, Their liquid cash is low and their debt high, but their assets are huge. Sony actually makes more money yearly than Microsoft, the problem is the also spend considerably more money than Microsoft. So their profit margins are much lower. Consider this though, In order for Microsoft to completely buy out Sony they'd have to buy, Sony Corp. (Audio, Computing, Photography, Video, Semiconductor and component, and Medical-related business.), Sony Mobile Communications (Phones and tablets), Sony Computer Entertainment (This is where Playstation is.), Sony Pictures Entertainment (Movies.), Sony Music Entertainment (Record company, and also a music publishing company.), Sony also has a Financial holdings company. As well as a slew of important trade marks. It would take an incredible amount of money to buy all of Sony's assets, I doubt even Apple or Exxonmobile could do it, let alone Microsoft.

Operating profit is everything though. Market value is also perception.
#-47 Posted by fadersdream (3154 posts) -
[QUOTE="Tony-Baxter"]Sony is in worse financial shape today than Sega was in during the days of the Dreamcast. Vita is NOT helping with its poor sales and Sony even delayed filming of Ghostbusters 3 due to their money troubles. Iam worried that buying a "PS4" would simply be a waste of money cause theyll just discontinue it like 2 years later. If Sony was smart they'd join forces with Apple or something in making the "PS4" All 3 consoles are allegedly going to have tablet controllers anyway. If Sony joined with Apple then their tablet store would be the best.

Although your fears may be justified I think if worse comes to worse then the Playstation brand would be sold off as opposed to being shut down.