Microsoft's most powerful puppet master is thinking about killing off Xbox.

#1PrinceOfHotPosted 3/10/2014 2:00:48 PM(edited)
http://www.gamespot.com/articles/microsoft-cofounder-s-investment-group-calls-for-xbox-spinoff/1100-6415919/?utm_campaign=gamespace_b&utm_content=footer&utm_medium=partner&utm_source=gamefaqs

This was published in the Financial Times. The proposal is to put out the Xbox brand as standalone which means it would no longer have the cash rich back bone of Microsoft. Since Xbox has been propelled along by a market saturation strategy that has really paid off in North America, but at a serious cost (billions and billions) from Microsoft's other more lucrative product and software lines. Given Xbox's financial status (stand alone) its probably one of the worst fairing products ever made in terms of the corporate deficit it created.

This is not a lame trolling attempt this is an actual business document from The Financial Times and coming from Paul Allen (essentially Bill Gate's mastermind partner), this would set the Xbox into a "sink or swim" crisis situation. And in a very serious since with Sony seemingly overtaking the main console market and Microsoft bailing the Xbox One and like franchises into spin-off zone would likely throw the Xbox brand into absolute bankruptcy. This is a critical discussion piece so please add constructively. This HAS NOT occured but "the mastermind" at Microsoft is trying to make this happen.
Do you think the Xbox One could survive on its own with the franchises severe debts? If the financial mastermind of Microsoft is willing to write off the Xbox line as a big loser, what fate would be left for the Xbox One?
Microsoft faces competition from many different sides, and right now Xbox is the biggest cash loser for the company, and they are fighting a seemingly uphill and un-winnable battle with Sony and Nintendo (portable markets and long term good will).

So do you think Xbox One would survive if it became a spin-off? Are we fans that dedicated to Halo and Gears Of War? Is one of Microsoft's co-founders and richest investors powerful enough to flush Xbox out of Microsoft?

What do you guys think? Sound off below!
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#2blacklabelicePosted 3/10/2014 2:03:28 PM
4 months old
#3DOWBLACKNINJAPosted 3/10/2014 2:05:17 PM
TC you took all that time to type that out and it's outdated. http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/691088-xbox-one/68755851
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#4Enigma149Posted 3/10/2014 2:05:20 PM
I think you ought to have more up-to-date information, learn that a single investor can't command the sale of something more powerful people on the company want to keep (even if he does own almost 1% of the company), and read Microsoft's latest comments pointing out how they are committed to the Xbox and have no plans to sell it.
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#5SelfishNinjaPosted 3/10/2014 2:07:25 PM
Wow, can't believe with that bad of a situation that they have lasted 4 months.
#6Foreman22Posted 3/10/2014 2:07:59 PM
Sony fanboys are so funny. Xbox is staying at MS. Sony has a GREATER chance of going bankrupt.
#7death cloudPosted 3/10/2014 2:08:46 PM
BOOOOOOOOO THIS TOPIC SUCKS
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#8Ben_JealousPosted 3/10/2014 2:09:59 PM
These are dark times for Xbox. Dark times indeed.
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#9PrinceOfHot(Topic Creator)Posted 3/10/2014 2:13:14 PM
Enigma149 posted...
I think you ought to have more up-to-date information, learn that a single investor can't command the sale of something more powerful people on the company want to keep (even if he does own almost 1% of the company), and read Microsoft's latest comments pointing out how they are committed to the Xbox and have no plans to sell it.


blacklabelice posted...
4 months old


It's one quarter old, and their has been no definitive public statement from the high up above. And its not just Steve Allen that is plotting this, their are many executives and high level management in support of it, this is very relevant information and anything you may or may not hear as a forward looking statement from Microsoft's entertainment division can be taken with a grain of salt for obvious reasons.
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#10crucialPosted 3/10/2014 2:14:14 PM
Never going to happen,if MS gets out of the console buisness it will be after the gen is over,worst thing you can do to consumers is just dump a product especially a product that millions own.

MS has spent 3 billion on X1 there not going to dump a product that big,they just spent 100 mill on Gears,1 bill on servers,200 mill just to make the new controller,no way would they dump this now.