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Xbox Is Pushing For Gaming Without Boundaries- But How Exactly Will It Get There?

Xbox Is Pushing For Gaming Without Boundaries- But How Exactly Will It Get There?
From N4G - March 17, 2018
PUBG56m ago(Edited 42m ago)

Windows 10 is the key to everything, along with cross-platform integration with Xbox Consoles and smart phones, which they have already accomplished for the most part. They already have cross-platform functionality(including cross-platform chat) between the Android Xbox App, Apple (iOS)Xbox App , Windows 10 PC App, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox One X.

From a technology/software standpoint, nobody is better positioned than Microsoft to lead in the gaming space going forward. Windows 10 is used by billions of people around the world, which means that Microsoft has a built-in advantage going forward. The Xbox App is pre-loaded into the start menu on ever copy of Windows 10, and it is super easy to use, so it's only a matter of time before Windows 10 gaming outstrips gaming on Xbox Consoles, and possibly all console combined at some point.

Sony on the other hand, is living from console to console and gimmick to gimmick (3D Gaming, PS Move, PS VR), which is not a long-term reliable plan. Now, I know that Sony fans are not going to like this, but in terms of software engineering, Sony is in the stone age when compared to Microsoft. The truth is that Sony does not have much of a vision beyond the PS4, other than to release the PS5, which again, is living from console to console. They also do not have much of an ecosystem beyond whichever console they are focusing on at the time. Even when you look at the Playstation app, you actually need 2 apps, the PlayStation App itself, and PS Messages, it's a total joke.

Sony was banking on PS Now to be a big hit, but it has actually been a commercial failure so far. One of the problems with PS Now, is that it eats up so much bandwidth, that it costs a fortune to use, beyond just the subscription fee, since it uses 4X more bandwidth than Netflix or YouTube. I was talking to this younger person at work, who is still living at home. He has a PS4 Pro, and was talking about how pissed off his dad was, that their internet bill skyrocketed after he had been using PS Now for a month straight. Needless to say, he does not use the PS Now service any longer.

I do not want to see Sony disappear, since I have been a fan of their consoles and games for over 20 years, but in the not so distant future, Microsoft wo not be competing against Sony or Nintendo(who will get bought out at some point). They will be competing with the only companies that can match their resources and software engineering skills, which are Apple, Google and Amazon. The only way that Sony continues on into the future, is if they get bought out by one of the big four tech companies (Microsoft, Apple, Google & Amazon). I believe that the same thing goes for Nintendo. When you look at cashflow, Sony has just started to get back on their feet, and they simply do not have the kind of money required to compete against the 'big four' companies as I just listed.

It's also possible that you could see Disney and Facebook get more involved, which pains me, since I do not like either of these companies much at all. I am sure that there are also some big Chinese tech companies that will get involved at some point. I am not saying that I like this necessarily, it's just a fact that this is the way things are going. It will be interesting to see how the next 10 years unravel.

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