Microsoft Offers Sony a 10-year Subscription to Activision’s ‘call of Duty.’:- Brad Smith, president of Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), admits the corporation is promising Sony (SONY) a 10-year guarantee for same-day Call of Duty releases in an effort to silence critics of its $69B acquisition of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI).
Smith wrote an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal defending Microsoft’s purchase of the videogame publishing giant (and its best-selling first-person shooter) in response to current regulatory difficulties at home and overseas.
Reports of an impending antitrust case by the FTC have prompted Smith to make the following statement “That’s a terrible idea. It would be bad for business, gamers, and the hundreds of creators who work in the video game industry.”
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Microsoft has “no substantial presence in the mobile game sector,” and its Xbox “remains in the third position in console gaming, trapped behind Sony’s dominant PlayStation and the Nintendo Switch (OTCPK: NTDOY).”
It’s all about giving customers choice, he argues, and for that Microsoft needs a large collection of well-known titles (which “we just don’t have enough” of).
“Consider how much more convenient it is to watch a movie online instead of making the trip to Blockbuster. With the same spirit of creativity, we hope to revolutionize the gaming business “Writings by Smith.
According to him, Sony is the “loudest” critic. As a result, we have offered Sony a 10-year deal stipulating that all future Call of Duty titles would be made accessible for the PlayStation on the same day they are made available for the Xbox. He further states that the same dedication would be shown to other platforms.
Analysts’ predictions on the viability of a long-term Call of Duty access arrangement have been on the rise.
Microsoft should provide every console and PC manufacturer with a cloud gaming app that can run their games from their server via a virtual screen and share in the revenue in exchange for pre-installing the app.
Since the PS5’s CPU is a variation of the Ryzen 3000s and 4000s, Sony may update its software in the coming decade to provide a PC-emulation mode, allowing users to run and install PC games as well (AMD Zen 2). It should be simple to set up a second Windows OS as a boot option for the computer.
@Found.Alpha To a large extent, this is already the case. The Xbox app, which provides access to Game Pass for downloading games and streaming them, is pre-installed on most PCs, at least in my experience. That’s how it was on the most recent ones I purchased. There’s no way Microsoft is paying companies to implement it. My recent Lenovo desktop computer even came with a free month of Xbox Game Pass!
I believe Windows was and still is included on Xbox consoles. On its first release, the Xbox One supported three different operating systems. The OS was a lightweight hypervisor, and when an application was launched, it would open in a specialized Windows environment. The Xbox operating system would load whenever a game was started. You may switch between games and apps in an Xbox without waiting for them to reload since each one is running on its own virtual machine (VM). There are several advantages to this approach, but that merits more space.
To my knowledge, the series consoles are functionally equivalent to the one, as their software is identical; what they offer is simply upgraded hardware (with of course some features only usable on the newer hardware).
Their lack of a means to access a desktop is obvious. However, I’m not sure how well that would translate to a console. This may theoretically allow you to install Windows programs on the console, but it also seems like a recipe for disaster given how insecure the platform is otherwise. It’s a Zen 2, but it’s a modified Zen 2, thus deleting the wrong Xbox system file, trying to run software with the native CPU drivers, etc.
Activision owns a number of other major brands, including the Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Warcraft, and a plethora of others, so it’s not only about Call of Duty. When authorities are looking to make structural changes to the market over the long term, a 10-year contract is of no use.
Consolidation in the industry isn’t the biggest problem; rather, it’s the *guaranteed probability that Microsoft will use their vertical integration of consoles, windows, and now several large publishers that they bought out to kick sony out of the console market* by making AAA historic releases Xbox exclusive. Then there are subscription/game-pass issues, where Microsoft will likely bring every major AAA title onto their service and raise rates.
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There is no way this will pass. It’s possible that one of the FTC’s members is stupid enough to approve the purchase, but the European Union is likely to reject it (because buying Bethesda was always unlikely) and China will almost probably never give its blessing. Most estimates place ACTI’s FV closer to 60.
@TheCaptain-256 Mystified as to why Sony hasn’t or won’t create a shooter in the vein of Call of Duty, I can only speculate. Call of Duty (COD) is entertaining, yet it always feels like the same game. It’s no secret that gamers thrive on routine. Sony did attempt this with Killzone, but the gameplay was clumsy and laborious, and it lacked that elusive quality we call “joy.” The open world levels in EA’s Battlefield games were too large and the difficulty too high for most players. Me, personally. Call of Duty (COD) helps you along by pushing you, so everyone can play.
. @Julian Beatty Dude, chill out with the drama. The next generation of gaming consoles is expected to launch in 10 years. There will be a new agreement made after Xbox has sold many units. They plan to monetize the cod market by charging inflated prices. This means they’ll have a reliable point of contact at all times. The break will occur just before the release of the consoles, and development will continue as usual shortly thereafter.
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