In a world of acquisitions and everyone buying everything in sight (and consolidation is a real threat to the gaming industry), could we see a future where Xbox and PlayStation form a partnership and bring competing services to each others’ consoles? How long into the future? 5 years? 10? 20?
Honestly, I think it could happen but moreso want it to happen. If Amazon, Google and Apple start to bring the heat and start to aquire big time publishers, it could take away beloved franchises and series of games.
We know Microsoft is about fencing out the Big 3, but what if they have wire cutters and sneak in an undercover of darkness mission, and successfully penetrate that fencing and breach their way of establishing the purchasing of studios and publishers forever choking both Sony and Microsoft of further acquisitions. It’s said that Apple has $200 billion to spend, and if they go all in on gaming… my God help us all.
I could see a future where both PlayStation and Xbox partner together to keep each other healthy and sustainable IF in a world of Google, Amazon and Apple are all in on gaming and finding their way past Microsoft’s “fence.”
What do you all think? Am I crazy? Do my thoughts make any or no sense whstsoever? I would love to hear from you all!! I don’t respond often, but always keep tabs here and will respond here and there.
I don’t see Sony allowing it, unlike Microsoft they won’t put out launch titles. Comparing to the power of Microsoft. It would be extremely risky for Sony to allow this. But Microsoft should try through the open store.
Inevitably, yes, when streaming subscriptions take over as the primary form of game distribution and consumption. Then to sell hardware it’s going to be about service availability, akin to Movies & TV streaming options when choosing between a Roku, Firestick, Chromecast, or just using TV apps. The only way a device from Sony or Xbox will matter in 15-20 years is directly related to its breadth and depth of game subscription services.
it’s a third party clusterfuck so I doubt it, unless you mean a version of the service that just has first party games from either of them on each other’s consoles then possible sometime really far down the line.
It is possible only when the consoles become third party devices without full platform holder control. Whether such future is possible or not is hard to say. But until we arrive to the full streaming it probably won’t happen.
That would be kind of neat; one console to rule them all.
(TBH, I never want Microsoft or Sony to leave the console business.) I would always like to have an option to play on dedicated hardware. Kind of like how Blu-ray disc is better than 4K streaming. Or CD over .mp3. They’re so close yet so far. I look at it as dedicated hardware will always be better than streaming.