If Microsoft has the cash to moneyhat, why don't they do it right?

#1EnjoyYourBanPosted 12/12/2013 3:33:59 PM
Instead of buying a bunch of niche exclusives, why don't they just use the hundred billion dollar+ lead they have on the other console devs to create a console that completely destroys the competition in specs for a similar price?

Make the PS4 look like a Wii U and the Wii U look like a 3DS by comparison.
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#2krystylaPosted 12/12/2013 3:35:46 PM
They threw enough money at the Xbox Division already
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#3TrickyPonyPosted 12/12/2013 3:44:47 PM
my guess is the extensive research and experience they have that we don't has revealed to them that the successful console is not the one that has the stats that makes the competition look like last-gen consoles, it's the games
#4SabramPosted 12/12/2013 3:55:01 PM
Because Microsoft is a business, not a game company.
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#5krystylaPosted 12/12/2013 4:00:08 PM
Sabram posted...
Because Microsoft is a business, not a game company.


Game company?
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#6EnjoyYourBan(Topic Creator)Posted 12/12/2013 4:07:39 PM
Sabram posted...
Because Microsoft is a business, not a game company.

As a business having an Xbox division at all is ****ing stupid, as it has done nothing but lose Microsoft billions.

They might as well go all the way.
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#7ab2c4Posted 12/12/2013 4:09:34 PM
EnjoyYourBan posted...
Instead of buying a bunch of niche exclusives, why don't they just use the hundred billion dollar+ lead they have on the other console devs to create a console that completely destroys the competition in specs for a similar price?

Make the PS4 look like a Wii U and the Wii U look like a 3DS by comparison.


I totally agree. They definitely went conservative on the hardware.
#8Satchmo25Posted 12/12/2013 4:10:31 PM
They over look losing a few billion on the Xbox because having the division allows them to make several billions on software and peripherals.

They're in it for the money and they're rolling in it, why would anyone give that up?
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#9krystylaPosted 12/12/2013 4:16:06 PM
EnjoyYourBan posted...
Sabram posted...
Because Microsoft is a business, not a game company.

As a business having an Xbox division at all is ****ing stupid, as it has done nothing but lose Microsoft billions.

They might as well go all the way.


The Xbox is more about brand recognition than earning money. It's also to have other businesses aside from software and PC. MS is heavily investing to stay relevant even if windows and PC subside.

They bought Nokia and are pushing their surface line, they intend to merge the Windows RT/8 and the Windows Phone 8 store and possibly even bring it to the XBO in 2015
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#10IroncondorzPosted 12/12/2013 5:20:34 PM
EnjoyYourBan posted...
Instead of buying a bunch of niche exclusives, why don't they just use the hundred billion dollar+ lead they have on the other console devs to create a console that completely destroys the competition in specs for a similar price?

Make the PS4 look like a Wii U and the Wii U look like a 3DS by comparison.


Because MS doesn't "moneyhat" anymore than any other company (Sony or Nintendo).

Q: How much money would it take for MS to pay for exclusivity for a game (actually take a game away)?
A: They would have to pay the developer more money than the developer could make selling the game on the other consoles, which in the case of anything popular is not worth it.

Now footing the bill for a game to be developed in return for exclusivity or timed-exclusivity is different. These games wouldn't exist without the upfront funding and really is no different than having paying their own first party studios to make a game. Developers "shop" their games/ideas for funding and sell to the highest bidder. In the case of popular titles they can get a bidding war going and in the case of niche titles, sometimes nobody will give them a chance and they have to sell the farm to get the game made. When this happens the buyer could be Nintendo, Sony, MS, Activision, EA, Atlus, etc...