Microsoft Ready To Embrace The Migration of Gaming off The Console To Other Devices – Pachter

Michael Pachter weighs in on the possibilities.

Posted By | On 06th, Nov. 2016 Under News


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Will Microsoft ever quit the console games market? The company has never let on as much but reports and rumours often come over the years about the Xbox manufacturer packing it in. That being said, what are the actual possibilities that it could happen? And will it simply be a case of Microsoft ditching dedicated games hardware in the next 10 years?

GamingBolt spoke to Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter about the same and he said that, “No, I think Microsoft is going to try to build this transition from console to PC. And I think Microsoft will probably come up with a set of products that will play games, whether you own a console or not. Every Xbox game made by them is already on both, Xbox One and Windows 10. And I think they will start publishing games that will be playable on, and downloadable to, a Surface Pro. I think Microsoft is ready to embrace the migration of gaming off the console, to devices that people already own, and that would expand the market for software.

“I think Microsoft would like to host it- they would like to host the multiplayer, and run the store for downloading software. So I actually think that they have the right approach, because the money is not in selling the hardware, running the software, the money is in running online services and offering a storefront. So be like Apple, where you make money on the iTunes Store. And I think that’s what Microsoft would like to be for the world.”

What are your thoughts on the matter, especially considering the number of exclusive franchises the company owns and the hardware like Project Scorpio that it has on the way? Let us know in the comments below.


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  • crazy_black_man-

    “What are your thoughts on the matter, especially considering the number of exclusive franchises the company owns and the hardware like Project Scorpio that it has on the way?”

    Are we actually talking about the success of the Windows store going up against Steam for popular game releases, or just Xbox exclusives and services? Duh, ask any PC gamer which one they would prefer.

    Microsoft’s ABSOLUTE BEST option is to get out of the gaming hardware business altogether, and focus again on just publishing software. Publish all of your weak exclusives on all gaming platforms and cut your losses on Xbox hardware. You had a good run with the Xbox360, but you gotta know when to say when. It’s time for a real competitor with some actual quality control standards to come out and challenge Sony.

    If the Scorpio hardware fails to impress gamers at a premium price, and sales fall flat next year, after a whole year of marketing hype, then somebody on Team Xbox needs to step out on the ledge with the pigeons.

    • Jax Teller

      Weak exclusives? GTFO.

    • crazy_black_man-

      Do you know a synonym I could have used for weak? Frail? Limp? What would have made you angrier? Let me know so I can use the correct buzz word next time. It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that STING.

    • jp

      Crackdown 3, Sea Of Thieves, State Of Decay 2, Scalebound, Cuphead VS Horizon Zero Yawn and games coming 2020, okay if you like to wait I guess.

    • crazy_black_man-

      The original State of Decay was such garbage that they re-released it with all of the glitches and bugs from the original. Do yourself a favor. Don’t list these games to anyone. You havnt seem or heard anything about them since they were announced to the public. These games arent even promises at this point. They’re vaporware. This is an embarrassing list of games to have to look forward to. Don’t ever list them in public again. You’ll look like a fool.

    • jp

      talk about Vaporware? dont make me laugh, what about all the CGI that appeared at E3? Death Stranding doesnt even have a game engine chosen, Spiderman? not even close to coming out, God Of War which actually looks pretty dope is not coming until 2018 and thats a maybe with Sony, Vaporware the 4K that the Pro offers, so its pretty lame to be you I guess cant see reality, youll drown in your words m8.

    • crazy_black_man-

      LOL. Death Stranding is gonna blow up. Everything else you said is out of pure emotional distress. Don’t let your emotions get involved here. Stick to what you know. The future is right in front of you, and it’s bleak for Xbox. Remember these words.

    • Gamez Rule

      I was thinking along these lines a few weeks ago….What IF Scorpio don’t sell as good as MS needs it too, or what IF the Scorpio comes out and people just laugh at MS for the console asking price and stays away from it even if price drops took place ( like people done with Xbone )?

      Look at how people stayed away from Xbone due to policies, and due to Kinect? That must have hurt MS knowing their console isn’t selling as good as they wanted and Sony was selling big time, and as you know MS had many 180’s on trying to sell their hardware and still failed to even match Sony.

      I believe console gamers will always choose Sony over MS because when looking back a MS home console has never outsold a Sony home console, and Sony has always offered more ways for the gamers too play.

    • crazy_black_man-

      YESSIR!!!

    • kma99

      Want him to tap dance and give you shor shine Mr Charlie. Lol one of you must have dirty knees.

    • crazy_black_man-

      So salty.

    • kma99

      No salt just pure comedy gold. LoL

    • crazy_black_man-

      Oh no doubt. It WAS funny. I ain’t hating on you. If you can disagree and still keep your cool, AND be kinda funny about it. I dig that kinda stuff. Good job.

    • jp

      hahahaha

    • Luke Skywalker

      and what if it sells well?

    • Gamez Rule

      IF it sells well then that’s good for MS but it doesn’t change that next gen is still only round the corner by approx 18mths after Scorpio releases, so yet again MS will be cut short on sales as everyone will be getting the newer consoles by then?

    • Luke Skywalker

      I don’t think you are I knows when Sony will release their next console, so for you to say 18months after Scorpio only shows how desperate you. all I know is it would be a dumb move to release a new console just over 2 years after your most recent console. it would definitely be a rushed job as consoles takes up to 2.5 to 3 years to design.
      the next Sony console could be 3, 4 or 5 years away.
      Microsoft stated 3 to 4 years is a good life cycle for a half generation. ps4 pro 3 years after ps4, xbox scorpio 4 years after xbox one. if we should follow this trend then the next xbox after scporio will be 1 year after the next sony console after the pro.
      sony will have a 1 year lead, but Microsoft will have the better specs which means people might just start waiting for the better spec’ed console as time goes on.

    • Gamez Rule

      “all I know is it would be a dumb move to release a new console just over 2 years after your most recent console.”

      PS4-Pro is released now in some places… By the time Scorpio gets released ( holiday next year ) the PS4-Pro will be about 12 months old, so another 18 months after the Scorpio’s release the PS4-Pro will be about 2.5 – 3 years old.

      “it would definitely be a rushed job as consoles takes up to 2.5 to 3 years to design.”

      That’s why I stated next gen is round the corner about 18mths after Scorpio’s release. The PS4 was released November, 2013 / PS4-Pro released November, 2016 / Next gen could be November 2019 ( about 18 months to two years after Scorpio’s release date.

    • Starman

      Are you and the bubble bunch finished sucking each others D*CKS………..

    • Gamez Rule

      Grow up kid

    • Starman

      I’m 48 fanboy … and like I said, “Are you all finished stroking each others nut sacks. Oh , almost forgot …………STFU !!!!!

    • Gamez Rule

      You’re a 48 year old fanboy ☺☺☺

      Like I posted, grow up kid.

    • Luke Skywalker

      18 months after scorpio (which traditionally Microsoft keeps a November release date for their consoles) would be 2.5 years.
      there is design time, securing materials and parts, testing time, and manufacturing time. keep all those in consideration. sure sony could release a new console 2.5 years after their pro, but it would be a rushed job and good luck with dealing with all the disgruntled consumers.

      as I’ve said you’re showing your desperation. next time try to be a bit more logical.

    • Gamez Rule

      PS4 released back in November 2013 and you think that Sony wouldn’t want a next gen console by November 2019? ( Six Years ) after PS4 released? We all know that console gens may become smaller in time so IMO it could well be the case.

      PS3 released November, 2006 / PS4 released November 2013 ( Seven years )

      XBOX released November 2001 / Xbox 360 released November 2005 ( Four years )

      Truth is a current gen can happen more quickly than people like shown by past console release dates. So that’s not showing desperation but showing what MAY happen with next gen console release dates, and IF so that may be a reason why MS may not sell Scorpio as well as they wanted due to next gen starting.

    • Luke Skywalker

      I would expect a release date in 2020. but at the end of it all you or I don’t know what plans they maybe have so for you to be expecting a new console 2.5 years after a release is just ridiculous when you consider that money isn’t made on hardware in the first couple of years. essentially killing your hardware when it actually becomes profitable would be a stupid move. you should at least try to get a year or two of profitability out of it before killing it, don’t you think?

      also, about your last bit, a hypothetical cannot be a “truth”.

    • Gamez Rule

      “Truth is a current gen can happen more quickly than people like shown by past console release dates” = True and correct as history has shown my findings to be correct, ( Even you yourself don’t like consoles releasing too soon after releases ) so when I posted *Truth* within the sentence It was not classed as “hypothetical” like you tried pointing out.

    • Luke Skywalker

      again a hypothetical cannot be a truth, because I could then say it is true that the generation could last longer than people would like.

      by the way which gen last happened more quickly than people would like that you’re basing your hypothetical statement on?

    • Gamez Rule

      Read what was stated and you’ll see it’s NOT an hypothetical statement LMAO!..

      Read once more..”*Truth is a current gen can happen more quickly than people like shown by past console release dates*”

      = True and correct as history has shown my findings to be correct, ( Even you yourself don’t like consoles releasing too soon after releases ) so when I posted *Truth* within that sentence It was not classed as “hypothetical” like you tried pointing out.”

      Truth = PS3 released November, 2006 / PS4 released November 2013 ( Seven years )

      Truth = XBOX released November 2001 / Xbox 360 released November 2005 ( Four years )

      *Truth is a current gen can happen more quickly than people like shown by past console release dates* that is not being hypothetical but stating the truth☺

    • Luke Skywalker

      idk man, I see ps1 was about 5 years, ps2 was about 6 years, ps3 was about 7 years, ps4 was about 7 years………is the history I see.

      anyways, this conversation is going nowhere, so you can continue it if you want. we’ll see how things turn out i’m sure, and with that, i’m out, peace.

    • Psionicinversion

      you need MS in the race otherwise youll get 15 year console cycles and no innovation

  • Hvd

    most stream services like ps now suck.i doubt the cloud would be better.the reason im a console gamer is so i can have something to do while im at home.if im out side im busy.

    anyway nintendo has the hand held market on lockdown.

  • Hvd

    just like ps now…lol.i doubt the cloud would be any different.

    • -youjustgotburned-

      Only difference is we won’t need to rent or pay for what we already have 🙂 Also who’s talking about the cloud? We don’t need any of that to do what I stated.

    • Hvd

      remember hjow bad the ps now service is laggey as hel*?.now think about it with the cloud and all those phones with win 10.its going to just as bad.

      instead of this why doesnt ms and xbox make a hand held?

  • Note5

    “Biggest Software Company in the World” means nothing at all.
    All talk no walk.
    Big Losers.

    • kma99

      #3 richest company i think they know very well what they are doing. Meanwhile your broke azz is sitting here crying.

    • crazy_black_man-

      “Meanwhile your broke azz is sitting here crying.”

      Ooooh snap. The villain’s mask was just yanked off. Efnet, is that you?

      OOOOOOOH SNAP!!!!

    • Note5

      Crying?
      More like ROFL XD

    • kma99

      You drones do nothing but cry.

    • Note5

      Drones?
      We are happy people watching evil corporations like MicrosoftMonsanro fail and fall.
      Happy Days

    • kma99

      They are the number 3 richest company in the world. Where exactly would they fall, number 4? Get out of here with that hive playslave mind.

    • Note5

      Mark 8:36King James Version (KJV)

      36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

    • kma99

      Gtfo trying to quote the bible. If you cared anything about what you just said you would be spreading the word of christ not crying over Microsoft. You sony fanboys stoop to a new low lol. I’m going to copy and paste this lol.

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  • Mr Xrat

    There won’t be another Xbox console.

    Xgimps are going to be inconsolable when they figure it out.

  • Cenk Algu

    Pachter been heavily bribed by Sony recently but hey dont worry he will swallow every Word of him. Scorpio will simply crush Sony’s consoles haha

    • jp

      I still dont know if in sales, but look at the Elite controller, everybody was hating on it becuase it was expensive and it took me nearly half a year to get one because it was out of stock all the time, I think the Scorpio will sell well even if the Pro sells more its like comparing a DS4 against an Elite… nothing to compare really different audiences, dont expect Sony kids to get Scorpios…

  • Psionicinversion

    still find it funny how people think sony have designed this gpu… its almost as if AMD have sat back and done absolutely nothing designing the GPU… even though it was designed with collboration with the department of energy but of course dumb sites like to give sony credit where credit isnt due

  • Paul

    If Microsoft was to pull out of the console market, that could be bad news for Sony because they will get lazy and Microsoft would likely double down on gaming on the PC, I have to wonder how much better and easier the PC would be for gaming if Microsoft never went into consoles, they are in a prime position to push the PC platform to really take consoles on thanks to Windows and hardware being so cheap now.


 

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