Microsoft not only worried about Sony

Microsoft doesn’t see Sony as their only competition.  As much as people like comparing the consoles and discussing the possibility of a console war, the reality is that this isn’t just about the Xbox One and PS4 – there is plenty of competition from a variety of companies.

At a roundtable, Don Mattrick (Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business president) told a group of outlets

“I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to comment on Sony’s vision.  I think they are one of the competitors inside the space, Nintendo’s another… Apple, Google, Samsung. There’s multiple people who will bring things into the market.”

It would seem that Microsoft is trying to win their share of the market against all the big boys.  Apple, Google and Samsung are all very active in their pursuit of home entertainment.  Although I must wonder why someone would buy an Apple TV in order to stream their Netflix, Hulu and iStore content when it doesn’t offer the other capabilities that a console does – I’m not just talking about gaming but also Blu-Ray.

 It makes sense that Microsoft is taking this stance, and it’s nice to see other people ignoring the console war idea.  However, I wonder if the Xbox One is falling into that classic trap of being a jack of all trades, and master of none.  At least Sony is insistent that the PS4 is all about the games and gamers – CEO Kazuo Hirai reaffirmed that commitment.

 I use my PS3 for games, but also as a Blu-Ray player, media PC and for Netflix.  I’m not sure I would have forked out that cash solely for Netflix or Blu-Ray – I was driven by gaming and happy to have added value.  How do you use your consoles?  Do you think maybe Xbox is competing in an unfamiliar market, hence their PR mess?

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Author:Zoe Hawkins

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  • Hammersteyn

    I use my PS3 for gaming, but that’s just me.

    • Rinceandspit…

      Talk like that is going to end you up in the nut house man! CRAZY!

    • Argentil

      As of the last month, our PS3 has been used like so:

      5% Browsing the store

      30% Gaming

      50% Netflix (maybe even more)

      15% idle (we’re wasteful, I know, but it’s nice to have on in the background)

      It’s kinda been a dry month for the PS3, I just have sooo many other things to play, and netflix is a great unwinder after a long day. New game releases will change that soon though.

      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        Not really, Ni No kuni,Final Fantasy 10 HD, Dragon’s Crown, The last of US, pretty good time for ps3

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          I use Netflix on my computer, and stream it to the TV. I’m old school. My PS3 is all for gaming.

          • Argentil

            Lol, installing the Netflix app isn’t going to sully your system. It would probably work out more convenient for you too :P

        • Argentil

          This month in particular I meant. Up to now. I’m giving Ni No Kuni a break – it’s something to get back to.

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            oh oh apologies :)

          • Argentil

            Nah, I didn’t mean to come across as saying there was nothing on the system. I’m only representing myself and my circumstances.

      • Hammersteyn

        And that’s more than fine but how many games have you finished?For me it’s still about the games and with my PS+ sub I play all those for free like Catherine and Hitman that I can’t afford when they come out.

        • Argentil

          If I had the infinite harddrive space required for PS+ I would probably be playing a few more games, I admit. My 80GB is in dire need of a harddrive upgrade. We can only skim the top off every now and then to fit a new game in.

    • Ultimo_Cleric N7

      AAH DAMN! I saw this on 9gag and wanted to use it now. Well played.

      • Hammersteyn

        LOL I love that site

    • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG

      love it

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    It’s kind of funny because I don’t see Microsoft as Sony or Nintendo’s competition any more. Microsoft is off bringing that 1950s technology, TV to the masses. The other two are focussed on games.

  • Rinceandspit…

    I hate to say it, and I have done so many a time, but MS will win as far as market value. Just like the wii did. Still, I don’t think anything with an X will be in my room. SONY on the other hand can have the most valued of space in my home!

    • Hammersteyn

      I still say they are marketing this for America. Not the rest of the world.

      • Argentil

        Considering the US accounted for 50% of the console’s worldwide sales, that’s not an entirely redundant move.

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          You mean North America did. Those figures include Canada, which in itself is actually another huge gaming market.

          • Argentil

            Pfft, North America. I can’t help but include Canada when I mentioned the US.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Canada will rise up. RISE UP TO RULE THE FREE WORLD!

          • Hammersteyn

            Bwahaha they are to nice.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Hehehe damn Canucks. They have nice maple syrup though.

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        Agreed. But if you think about it the same was true for the xbox 360. We paid the same as the rest of the world, and we barely got half the features that the UK got, and the UK got even less than half of the features that the Americans got.

        Sure you can proxy, or you can use a service like UnoDNS, but you shouldn’t have to.

        • Hammersteyn

          Right. You shouldn’t have to

      • Rinceandspit…

        With you on that mate.

      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        Dude obviously, they spent so much money on Football….An american sport….speak about football here or in most places around the world and all you will hear is the sport with the round ball?

    • Andre116

      X-rared movies?

  • Argentil

    I don’t see how streaming services and TV can evolve much further. There’s room for expansion, sure: Anything involving a forum/comment feed operating real-time in tandem with a broadcast – would be neat for viewer driven interviews. They seem to be moving into more gimmicky territory with Kinect gesture and voice control as well as TV achievements.
    They need to be careful, a lot of what they’re promoting is unnecessary or even a detraction. Skype while watching TV… alright, but why would I do so on the TV that I’m watching things on. I would rather boot up skype on my phone, tablet or PC if I really wanted to multitask. Achievements and targeted advertising aren’t attractive either.

    If this is ‘all’ they are offering, outside of some good games and magical cloud computing that defies logic, they should be a little more humble.

    • robert

      The reason for the Xbox one is simple, people are sick of multiple non-cooperative devices. That’s why apple is successful, this is your music device, buy songs, but now you’ve invested you’re stuck. MS could have easily won this war simply by making it backwards compatible, so all those who have already invested would be more inclined to stay.

      • Argentil

        That’s a good point. I still don’t know why they didn’t include B/C – the hardware in the 360 is quite standard and shouldn’t be hard to emulate.

    • Argentil

      I’m assuming I was downvoted for using the phrase “magical cloud computing that defies logic”

      Allow me to vindicate myself (if that’s the case):

      Microsoft have claimed that they will have the XOne employing cloud computing to bring it’s performance up to the equivalent of four Xbox Ones. This is impossible even with the best internet available, there isn’t enough bandwidth to transmit the info quick enough.

      http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/83120

      There was an excellent article I read detailing some figures and mhz and stuff. Can’t find it now.

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    Hehehe I’m Don Mattrick, look at my jacket!

  • DarthofZA

    I use my consoles for about 20% gaming at the most…

    I still think MS are all about the gamers in addition to all these other bells and whistles. I’m waiting for E3 to see which way they’re going. But if MS end up shafting the gaming side, and the PS4 end up shafting the media side, I will probably get neither. The amount of money for a console isn’t worth it for just games anymore.

    So far the XBONE has me more interested as I know they are focusing on everything, and Sony seem to be a one trick pony at the moment.

    • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

      IS being a one trick pony a bad thing?considering the trick is gaming

      • Rinceandspit…

        No, it isn’t. Not any more. When the NES, SNES, SEGA etc were out, totally. But people now tend to suffer from ADD and cannot focus on any one thing at a time, you know I thi… OHHHH BUTTTERFLY!

        • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

          Lol nice :) but yes agree ….. look it’s not bad to focus on more than one thing, it’ natural to have apps, and netflix etc, but to make tv and all other things the focus is just bullship

          • DarthofZA

            But we don’t know that TV is the focus of the XBONE. They said at the launch that they will be showing games at E3, doesn’t mean games aren’t their focus. They have a huge team at MS, and they will have guys focusing on the games, and guys focusing on the media. Doesn’t mean that games is getting any less attention because of the media. It is nice to know that the media is getting all this attention though, as the console will be used for the media a lot.

    • Argentil

      I think it’s impossible to ‘shaft the media side.’ Even if it has the features of the PS3 carried over, it’s already a powerful media device. It’s obvious that the PS4, with it’s cloud infrastructure and Sony Entertainment integrated background will introduce new media partnerships and features. You can subscribe to Sony Music Unlimited for like $1 (or was it free?) if you’re a playstation plus member.

  • Double-O-Six and a half

    Just a question here for those more knowledgeable than I in these matters… but does anybody know if MS plans to have a time period where both the 360 and XBone will still continue to be supplied, supported and maintained ala PS2/PS3 model? I mean if they keep the 360 going as more of a gaming focussed device while giving everybody that wants a replacement TV remote the XBone, I’m not just talking of a traditional switchover type period but more of the model where new PS2′s are STILL being supplied even though PS4 is on the horizon…?

    • Harvey P. Cheeswinkle

      Early adoption is a crucial period in a consoles life and companies rely greatly on early adopters to get things out. ‘Everybody who wants a replacement TV remote’ doesn’t exactly sound like a massive demographic to be staking your bets on. Their E3 better kick ass at this point.

      • Double-O-Six and a half

        I was an early adopter of the 360… heck I was even an early adopter of the RROD ( 3 times),I was an early adopter of the PS3 until a Lightning strike took care of that, and then I had to adopt another PS3… Will I be an early adopter now, quite frankly neither of the two are looking really appealing to me right now, XBone for obvious reveal(ing) reasons and PS4 for not being revealed enough… However, I must say, my wishlist has to include: “what aint broke don’t fix”, just make the games, prettier, sound better, and faster, anything else is just icing on top

    • Argentil

      MS are inviting people to keep their 360′s in tandem with their One’s. There are rumours that they are even planning on making a smaller 360 to sell at a lower price point to complement it’s new console.

      • Jakster

        There’s a big reveal for the 360 coming at E3 but they are keeping quite on it for now.

  • Jakster

    MS acknowledges their competition. Kaz on the other hand is beating a dead horse and we’ve seen what happened to the Vita when you concentrate just on games. Sony’s share price has started to plummet once again from Kaz’s bland response at D11.

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  • HvR

    At the rate MS is agitating the gaming community they should be worried by all major electronic device manufacture, they should also be worried about Matchbox, board-game vendors and the girl in the street drawing a hop-scotch squares.

  • Guest

    my wife liked our ps3 more after she realized you could use it to watch porn on the big screen. I love my wife.

  • Tbone187

    These new consoles are powerful pieces of tech…using them for games only would seem to be a waste I reckon so MS might be onto something…

    Kinda like how Vmware created virtualisation software to make use of wasted system resources in servers for optimal usage…

    Question is, will the gaming side of things be compromised.Personally, I don’t think so with all that power…OS overheads shouldn’t really be an issue either…

  • truthbetold

    Balloon animals

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