The move from Microsoft follows similar efforts from internet-based outlets including Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon that have already brought original content to their respective services. Xbox Entertainment Studios, the branch responsible for the new content, has already locked down some big name Hollywood talent to develop its original programming
I applaud Microsoft for this. I think a game console is a great target for a narrow focused show. I expect one or more of these will do well.
Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter said he believe the console market cannot bear to grow any bigger and console may become irrelevant …
I always question these sorts of analytics, not because there isn’t some measure of truth to them, but because the logic seems so flawed. Mobile gaming does outpace console gaming in both number of users and growth. It doesn’t follow, though, that console gaming’s user base will no longer grow. You could argue Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo have a ripe audience of would-be console gamers if they could figure out how to convert them.
Also, people have been decrying this end of consoles era for 20 years now. I’m not sure I buy in. It’s more reasonable to me to think of consoles as a slow growth market. PS4 will likely sell 1 million units in it’s launch window, but could grow to 80-100M units over it’s lifespan. iPhone 5S, by comparison, sold 9M in it’s launch window and has a shorter lifespan. You can make comparisons with game consoles and mobile devices, but it really is apples and oranges in many ways.
And now for the Xbox One piece… Which really mirrors the PS4 piece. Strange. I’m not sure if Kinect is really a selling point either. Playstation chose to unbundle their motion camera. Time will tell, though.
The resignation of Microsoft’s CEO is also an acknowledgement: The computer world changed, and Microsoft hasn’t.
An era has ended, no matter how you feel about the man personally. This is a good read, looking back at how Microsoft got to where it’s at today.
Also, the graphs in this piece are as nice as the writing. The headline is more sensational then the work itself.
Microsoft wants to recruit indie game devs, but only established ones? Oh the irony.
Ouch. Paradigm shifts are hard to handle for big companies, no matter who they are.