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Microsoft is ready to embrace “migration of gaming off the console”

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There have been rumours swirling about for aeons that Microsoft wanted to remove itself from the console race. Investors have long called for the company to ditch the Xbox, or at least spin it off – an idea that Bill Gates supported. In spite of those calls the company has reaffirmed its commitment to the Xbox brand.

More recently though, it does very much seem that Microsoft is trying to leverage Xbox as a platform rather than push it as a consoles. The unifying of Windows and Xbox services and the introduction of Play Anywhere certainly seems to suggest that Microsoft is looking to take their games off of dedicated consoles – and instead focus on Xbox as a non hardware-specific brand.

Could that happen? It’s certainly possible – and it’s something Wedbush Securities’ Michael Pachter thinks may be in the future. Here’s what he said about it, speaking to Gaming Bolt.

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“No, I think Microsoft is going to try to build this transition from console to PC. And I think Microsoft will probably come up with a set of products that will play games, whether you own a console or not. Every Xbox game made by them is already on both, Xbox One and Windows 10. And I think they will start publishing games that will be playable on, and downloadable to, a Surface Pro. I think Microsoft is ready to embrace the migration of gaming off the console, to devices that people already own, and that would expand the market for software.

“I think Microsoft would like to host it- they would like to host the multiplayer, and run the store for downloading software. So I actually think that they have the right approach, because the money is not in selling the hardware, running the software, the money is in running online services and offering a storefront. So be like Apple, where you make money on the iTunes Store. And I think that’s what Microsoft would like to be for the world.”

This is, of course all speculation, but I certainly see that being the direction Microsoft is heading towards.

Last Updated: November 7, 2016

28 Comments

  1. RinceThis

    November 7, 2016 at 13:34

    I think my browser screen has a virus… 1001010101010101010101000111000011

    Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      November 7, 2016 at 13:45

      That’s a mirror.

      Reply

      • RinceThis

        November 7, 2016 at 13:46

        You shut your face! At least my mom hasn’t painted all the mirrors in my flat black to stop them from shattering least I glance in them like you!

        Reply

        • Pariah ???

          November 7, 2016 at 13:51

          At least you HAVE a reflection… 🙁

          Reply

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          November 7, 2016 at 14:01

          How do you glance like me anyway?

          Reply

          • RinceThis

            November 7, 2016 at 14:10

            why in passing of course!

      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        November 7, 2016 at 14:26

        LOOOOOOOOOOL!

        Reply

  2. Pariah ???

    November 7, 2016 at 13:37

    But how, in a capitalist society do we do so?

    Reply

    • Pariah ???

      November 7, 2016 at 13:43

      Perhaps I need to clarify. LIES. LIES EVERYWHERE.

      Reply

  3. Umar

    November 7, 2016 at 13:44

    November 15?

    Reply

  4. HvR

    November 7, 2016 at 13:45

    November 15 ?

    What? Why?

    Reply

    • Pariah ???

      November 7, 2016 at 13:49

      Watch this space…

      Reply

      • RinceThis

        November 7, 2016 at 13:49

        Dogs, in Space!?

        Reply

        • Pariah ???

          November 7, 2016 at 13:49

          Two of them!!!

          Reply

          • RinceThis

            November 7, 2016 at 13:49

            Madness!

          • Pariah ???

            November 7, 2016 at 13:50

            I call H4X!!!

        • HvR

          November 7, 2016 at 13:51

          What about the fish?

          Reply

          • Pariah ???

            November 7, 2016 at 13:51

            OOH advanced space fish ai interacting with two dogs in space!

            EPIC!

            ~Edit: I claim copyright on this idea. Go away Activision. No CoD story for you!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 7, 2016 at 14:02

            The fish rides inside the dog, like a mech.

  5. HvR

    November 7, 2016 at 13:47

    Damn filthy peasant platform gamers …. dammit that doesn’t work

    Reply

  6. Audacity (or-das-it-eeee-eee)

    November 7, 2016 at 14:04

    So there’s 2 codes:
    – Find the truth
    – 15 November

    A google search brings up an interesting article on the planet experiencing 15 days of darkness from November 15

    w..t..f?

    Reply

    • Ir0nseraph

      November 7, 2016 at 14:06

      Well it could be Watch dogs 2 since it launches on the 15th of November.

      Reply

  7. HairyEwok

    November 7, 2016 at 14:21

    “Find the truth”
    “November 15 2016”
    Well that’s it, looks like….
    https://66.media.tumblr.com/b796ed64eca7b36ebbdcac72ec044eb9/tumblr_mu7f72pn6R1revx3do1_500.gif

    Reply

  8. freddy_uk

    November 7, 2016 at 15:14

    I dout it very much. No one uses Microsoft store on pc usless is ms stuido game . Xbox makes millionsa year through subscription , game licences, hardware, n ms stuido games.

    Reply

  9. xoj_21

    November 7, 2016 at 23:02

    wow, sony managed to defeat microsoft.
    they pulling it out.

    Reply

  10. Gary

    November 9, 2016 at 18:13

    Fk I hope this is not true. Sony needs competition otherwise it’ll just sit on its ass doing nothing.

    Reply

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