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    Rzzle dazzle

    This is why MS is the richest company on Earth

    While Sony is an irrelevant and dying company, they can’t innovate, they can do nothing but copy, steal and do so poorly.

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      Caleb Pearson

      I agree completely! That’s what makes it interesting – the software giant is behind in hardware, so what are they going to do about it? It seems they are going to lean into what suits them. Time will tell! Until then – we keep on gaming!

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        J.j. Barrington

        The software giant is also behind in software.

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    J.j. Barrington

    Just.. no.

    There’s so much of this that’s, as someone else said, akin to brainwashing yourself. This is a rambling endorsement that doesn’t really make a solid case for what you’re arguing.

    “What still lacks, however, is third-party support and a collection of games that go beyond the Xbox sigil.”

    There’s no inspiration, no impetus for those third parties to add their games the way you seem to think they are. It would be counterproductive to their goals to sell more units, as there’s no way Microsoft could afford to subsidize each of them for the revenue they’d lose by having their games be part of the service. The more games it contains, the less each game is worth. The less each game is worth, the less the third parties make. Why would they want that?

    “In my opinion, this subscription model is exceptional and does a great job drawing people in.”

    Well, it’s more the price than anything else. if you keep giving the service away for $1, of course you’re going to draw people in. But that can’t be maintained, can it?

    “Using Netflix as an example, if it was only comprised of Netflix originals I think 85% of my friends and family would end their subscription.”

    Netflix spent years as a physical service, and then carrying movies and shows after their runs on TV or in theaters was over. If they make a profit these days, it’s not much of one. Game Pass probably won’t survive that sort of loss for as much time.

    “There is a bright side though! I feel that it’s going to be true very soon with the launch of Project xCloud, new consoles, and the “play anywhere” mantra that seems to be an embraced vision and an incoming reality.”

    You don’t back any of this up. How would any of these things help Game Pass? What makes you think “play anywhere” is being embraced?

    “With Microsoft being the leading software company in the gaming industry, there exists a two-fold advantage.”

    This is false. In fact, as far as console makers go, they sell the least software, and develop the least-compelling software of the three.

    “One, Microsoft has the resources to bring gaming to devices not particularly designed for it. This is important because the behemoth of PlayStation is very much console-locked and hardware-specific.”

    PlayStation already did this, years ago, and continues to do so now. PS Now is a service that exists, after all, and has shown that it works on PC and even TVs.

    ” This will bring with it the prosperity of streaming because this monthly games subscription will be accessible across many of your devices – just like Netflix, Hulu, etc.”

    What prosperity?

    “This speaks directly to the ecosystem Microsoft has always dreamed of.”

    Finally, something you’re right about. And, as a gamer, it’s the sort of ecosystem I want no part of.

    “The games-as-a-service model is merely starting to take shape. There is extraordinary evidence that when it does, Xbox will be proactive and others will respond. As it stands, the Xbox is the only gaming console prepared for an all-access future of gaming.”

    This sounds like a commercial, like a PR release, rather than the op-ed it’s disguised as. The Xbox console is in the least number of households, so it’s actually LESS prepared, because it would need to be in MORE houses to be successful, even at streaming. GAAS isn’t something thoughtful gamers should want, because it outright eliminates ownership of games. This puts ALL the control in someone else’s hands for the games you love. Remember the other services you mention: can you access the shows or movies on Netflix when you can’t access Netflix? What happens when the contract for a show or film is up?

    “This would mean, if we stayed on the example here, Halo on an iPhone would simply be “dumbed-down” to touch and motion controls. Which begs another question of would we even want that! That’s what makes this whole process extraordinarily interesting! There are a lot of unknown variables at play and risks to take.”

    There’s nothing interesting here, and there aren’t many unknown variables. Core gamers- the ones that keep this industry going- don’t want games dumbed down for phones, and such an experience would run counter to the industry’s consistent push for bigger and better graphics. The more important related question is: will internet infrastructure ever reach the point where full streaming is viable? That brings up something else, the most important part of all:

    Game Pass isn’t even a streaming service to begin with.

    You’ve written this whole PR piece, talking about how Game Pass will be the “Netflix of games”- though you use Hulu as often- when Game Pass doesn’t even do what Netflix does in terms of streaming things, to begin with. Meanwhile, you dance around the fact that PlayStation Now has been streaming games to various devices for FIVE YEARS NOW, and act as if Sony isn’t somehow in a better position to deliver all the things you’re describing.

    You don’t make a compelling case for any of the things you lay out here. “I feel” is as strong as your arguments get. You talk about Game Pass doing so well, and yet ignore that PS Now generated 52% of all revenue for gaming subscriptions services in the last quarter of last year. That’s about $143 million out of $273 million, and about three and a half times Game Pass’ $41 million.

    How is that Microsoft leading?

    You talk about third parties not having a strong presence, but don’t give any reasons why that should change. Are they gonna make more money that way? EA Access has been around longer than Game Pass, and if it were that popular a model, you’d think one of the other big publishers would have followed suit; why haven’t they done so, yet?

    Why is it that EVERYTHING pertaining to reality refutes the premise of your article?

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      Caleb Pearson

      Yo bro! I appreciate your thoughts, and I certainly see where you’re coming from. With that being said, this is simply a forecast – an opinion editorial on the future! I am an optimisitic gamer that sees Game Pass as ahead of its time. It’s cloud-based identity has yet to take off for now. I hope that makes sense! My aim is to promote watchful consumers and brainstorm the future, rather than just stir the pot!

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        J.j. Barrington

        It’s a forecast, but not an informed one. That makes it no different than just stirring the pot.

        To be ahead of its time, it’d need to be first: it’s not. As I said, PS Now is already doing what you predict Game Pass will come to do, and even the Sony-backed service wasn’t first.

        As for a “cloud-based identity,” that doesn’t much exist at the moment. Currently, the cloud involved in Game Pass is just a location for copies of the games on the service to be stored. Game Pass doesn’t do streaming- yet, anyway- so there’s no use of cloud compute or anything there. (And even if it did, this isn’t anything new, as MMOs have been doing something similar for years).

        If you want watchful customers, then it’s best to give them ALL the information available. Leaving out the poor availability of sufficient internet infrastructure isn’t doing anyone any favors. Ignoring data caps doesn’t help. Not mentioning the competition in a meaningful capacity, nor why third parties may not hop on board isn’t beneficial.

        To dismiss all these things in the fashion you did gives a reader less of the impression of a well-reasoned peek at what might come in the future, and more the idea that there’s a specific brand and service that you wish to see succeed in this avenue.

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      Jacob Rose

      Someone’s a Sony fanboy. He clearly stated his article is opinion and all you do is say “no, your opinion’s wrong because this, this, and this.” He backs up his claims with plenty of substantial evidence for his argument. Just because you disagree with him doesn’t mean he’s wrong. You sound like that one kid that basically said my essay was shit because he didn’t agree with it, meanwhile, I got an A+ because I backed up my claims with evidence. Not to mention the hostility you entered this comment thread with. It clearly shows you are heated over anyone saying Xbox is better than your precious Playstation. Grow up, because the only thing Playstation has over Xbox now is the exclusives.

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    Greg Parrish

    I feel the same way dude. I got Game Pass when it first launched, and it feels like a Netflix lite kind of. Microsoft clearly responded to console wars by backing up and approaching the ecosystem and has yet to completely add on to that. I bet you when I can “login” to xbox on any device and play things like game pass will really take off. no discs and hopefully no downlads

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