do you think another company will take their place as the 3rd wheel in the console market? And who do you think or want that company to be?
People like to forget that MS were never interested in Xbox as a hardware. All they wanted from Xbox is to serve as a trojan horse for their services/ecosystem in the living room. They even pitched Sony to use their OS for PS2 and only fater Sony's refusal made Xbox. They don't care about your definition of exclusives or who will going to buy the next Xbox hardware, if they can brought other people to their ecosystem while cuttng down the hardware costs I think they will gladly do it and that's what they are doing now by bringing GP or xCloud etc. to Switch.
Rather weird of them to go third party when they have two Next Gen consoles in development.
Its whatever to me, but deliberately misconstrued statements about their platform strategy are laughable.
On a side note, if Gamepass came to PlayStation I would possibly subscribe if there were enough games that interested me.
This reminds me of the days when things like what brand of PC you bought matters, a.k.a. the "IBM PC Compatible" hardware days. MS will probably always make an XBox. But, why would they not want the ability to license the "Xbox ecosystem" to other platforms? Nintendo, for instance, wouldn't have to worry about making an OS for future systems (cost savings) and MS would make money of future Nintendo console sales. Plus, Nintendo could take advantage of Xbox Live. Nintendo could even make games "Nintendo hardware specific", and there would still be a win for Nintendo and MS.
It's the same way with PCs and laptops now - does MS care if you buy a MSI, Lenovo, HP, or Dell laptop? No! They just care that you are running Windows. But, MS also sells "Microsoft Laptops" a.k.a. "Surface Pro".
The big loser would be Sony. Playstation would end up being the new Betamax.
Well, offering a streaming service wouldn't necessarily make owning a physical console obsolete as local play is more preferable, but I imagine they have something to gain. Considering many GamePass titles are multiplatform then I don't think all game service games need to be streaming, say if a game like Doom is on XB1 and Switch then I'd hope local play of both would be an option with rights offered through a GamePass subscription. An added benefit is with an expanded subscriber base then I'd hope Game Pass service could have more games available and Gane of higher quality.
Perhaps though any content that would have been exclusive to an MS console going to another system has a benefit of building more recognition for those franchises, like same way when Nintendo was struggling with Wii U and 3DS sales that their mobile games like Pokemon on smartphones didn't hurt Nintendo but helped it and people started buying more Nintendo hardware and games. Same thing kind of seen with Apex Legends, or as someone told me, the release of that caused people to go back and play/buy Titanfall, even EA's stock got bumped up as a result. So, I dunno, maybe indirectly they might have more to gain here.
They are definitely in a position where it seems they're feeling a need to try a new approach.
If they do I hope they actually make good games that are exclusive.
Amazon, Google or Apple etc will never make their games exclusive to a plastic box. All these companies including Apple are cross platform and are no longer about hardware exclusives.
The fact that Apple is becoming more cross platform shows already that Console exclusives as a thing is pretty much becoming increasingly obsolete.
But they're still coming out with next gen consoles that'll no doubt be superiorly built than the competition (just like the X)
It's too bad Sony is just being Sony and not allowing Gamepass, EA access etc etc. on Playstation. Cows' days are numbered
Sony has PSnow where Sony fans can play over 700 games on PS4
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