What would happen if Microsoft sold it's xbox division?

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2 years ago#1
http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/8/5080192/microsoft-ceo-candidate-stephen-elop-bing-xbox-rumors

Lets leave aside the argument on whether or not this will actually happen and assume for a minute that the xbox division does end up for sale? Who would buy it? And how would this change the industry? Most importantly, would Rare go back to Nintendo?

I assume they mean dismantling the Xbox brand and selling off specific franchises and intellectual property. My predictions are, the industry goes back to having two systems (sony and nintendo). Rare would go to nintendo. Halo would probably go to sony. By this time Nintendo would have bought capcom, while sony would have bought square-enix. While sega would continue to be a strong third party supporter for both. The industry would go back to the golden age of gaming.
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2 years ago#2
Realistically, Microsoft would most likely keep the Xbox branding, but heavily rebrand that division to be more multimedia-friendly, which goes in line with their current trend of making media consumption devices like tablets, smartphones, etc.

If they were to exit gaming altogether like THQ, they'd hold an auction for their first-party franchises, and directly-owned second-party developers. Instead of doing directly to Nintendo/Sony/Valve, they'd be sold off to individual developers.

The games' industry is a business. It's not some magical free-for-all.

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2 years ago#3
SEGA would come back (not really).
2 years ago#4
Artillatron7 posted...
http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/8/5080192/microsoft-ceo-candidate-stephen-elop-bing-xbox-rumors

Lets leave aside the argument on whether or not this will actually happen and assume for a minute that the xbox division does end up for sale? Who would buy it? And how would this change the industry? Most importantly, would Rare go back to Nintendo?

I assume they mean dismantling the Xbox brand and selling off specific franchises and intellectual property. My predictions are, the industry goes back to having two systems (sony and nintendo). Rare would go to nintendo. Halo would probably go to sony. By this time Nintendo would have bought capcom, while sony would have bought square-enix. While sega would continue to be a strong third party supporter for both. The industry would go back to the golden age of gaming.


More first-party companies = less golden age gaming.
2 years ago#5
Hopefully it would then be in the hands of people who actually give a ****
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