There really is no response to this, and tbh Sony don’t seem inclined to respond in kind anyway. Their strategy is to focus on their excellent first party blockbusters and keep on selling $70 games for their $500 box, period. It’s served them well since 2013. We’ll see what happens now. I suspect that the “$500 box + $70 games and that’s all we offer” is going to seem like a dinosaur business model over the next few years. I explained Game Pass to my wife who could care less about videogames and her response was, “And the other company still expects people to pay $70 per game??”
I think that ship has sailed now. Microsoft has a cheaper console, a more powerful console and will have more than enough content to back it up. It’s not a question if they will lose market share but how much to Microsoft.
Sony will respond but from a corporate view point : Spending more money for a smaller pie and potentially less revenue is not a good position to be in.
I think Sony is really scared and shook about it and will probably try to made quick bad decisions due to the panic and shoot themselves in the foot. Forcing buy outs or using its brand power to negotiate even more uglier timed deals but later nullified by MS Gamepass
We already saw it with the PS5 overclocking when they heard 12tf they went in full panic mode “No way next Xbox wtf 12tf? We’re screwed! Man hurry up Cerny find something.” “ah yeah ok 2,23ghz 3D audio ssd ssd ssd…”
So now applicate that to bigger decisions lol. The PS5 design is a result of MS impact.
What such an acquisiton could do to Sony on this scale under high pressure.
MS is playing the mind game chess forcing Sony to act without even thinking of the consequences.
They do not have the cash at hand to buy some big publisher. So they would need to negotiate some kind of stock swap, which is complicated and takes a lot of time. Additionally, the price on their preferred moneyhats for timed exclusivity just went up. And they still need to recoup all the PS5 R&D costs.
In short, I can see them buy a studio (IOI), but any kind of larger deal would be late next year at the earliest. By then, the die is probably cast.
there’s less than 0 chances Sony wins an acquisition war if one actually happened , more than likely the actual companies involved would be bigger players like amazon or google or apple but all three seem to not take gaming seriously enough to be able to convince their ceo of billion dollar acquisitions .