Michael Pachter weighs in on the possibilities.
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.