GS News Update - Bill Gates wouldn't object to Xbox business spinoff

Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates has said that he would "absolutely" support CEO Satya Nadella if a decision was made to spin off the Xbox unit of the company.

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Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

He was clearly saying he would support any decision a Nadella backed Microsoft would make.

Just usual politics stuff.

BrassBullet
BrassBullet

I think a solo Xbox company would wither and die, perhaps becoming a publisher long term (not necessarily a bad thing).

That said Microsoft needs to do something to avoid a slow death itself. So far they seem to be making all the wrong choices.

jayjay444
jayjay444

No chance will MS sell of the Xbox brand and even if they did the brand is worth billions and not many companies are willing to risk billions on investments getting into the gaming industry, also MS's Xbox Live service and servers is what makes the Xbox without it gamers will simply switch. 

wookiegr
wookiegr

Amazing what gaming sites are doing to a 3 second comment made in passing.

UNCStriker88
UNCStriker88

The PS4 junkies want more than anything for something bad to happen because they know Sony will lose the war.  Everyone else on PC and Xbox could care less about the competition.  Give it up haters

hitomo
hitomo

I support Woody Allen's opinion on this topic

LtReviews
LtReviews

A spinoff makes alot of sense- and would be for the benefit for Xbox owners.


From what I see on the Xbox One, the console is over-encumbered by other Microsoft services and products that didn't really need to be there, and these had too heavy an influence on hardware decisions.


It would be much better if Xbox was it's own subsidiary of Microsoft, and not a division of Microsoft, so it could focus exclusively on being a game console.


The console/phone/computer/tablet integration where all devices are going to be connected and in synch with each other that Microsoft is going for is never going to happen- yet that's why they've been so interested in keeping Xbox as a large part of it. But in reality, people are using mixed hardware that makes it impossible for one company to streamline its users experience accross all platforms.

In reality, you have people who own an Xbox, use an Android Phone, and have a computer that is a Mac. People still prefer choosing the peculiars of each device over having a integrated experience across devices (or as MS describes it "One experience, on every device"). It's only rarely that you'll get someone with an Xbox, a Windows Phone, a Surface Tablet, and a Windows 8 computer. Much more often, there's no such linearity and thus no need for the hardware integration Microsoft desires.

LtReviews
LtReviews

@UNCStriker88

But why is it necessarily bad for Xbox if the division was spun-off into it's own entity?

BrassBullet
BrassBullet

If Xbox was spun-off I doubt it would remain a subsidiary. Likely IPO with Microsoft maintaining a small percentage, if any.

jayjay444
jayjay444

@SavageEvil @jayjay444  I know I was saying this because loads of idiots seem to think their selling it but a spin off will never happen as well. 

SavageEvil
SavageEvil

@LtReviews It's not bad, it's just morons that think so idiotically. It would relieve some of the heavy handed crap that the main company lauds over the division. That would allow them to probably play on even terms with Sony if it was it's separate entity. Oh well, let the moronic stupidity prevail, gamers are their own worst enemy. Brains are mostly mush with all the time spent up the asses of respective companies.