UPDATE: No they aren’t! Rumor: Sony and Microsoft could be working together on future consoles
UPDATE: Menashe is now reporting that his source is telling him to “hold his horses” on this rumor. Apparently he’s gotten word that there is no talk about a super console between the two tech giants.
Instead he’s been told that this discussion isn’t “face to face” and that what is being talked about is simply sharing of features, technology and other things between companies for their new consoles.
Essentially this means Sony is talking to Microsoft about putting something Microsoft owned into the PS4 or Microsoft is talking to Sony about putting something Sony owns into the Xbox 720.
More than likely I’d say this has to do with the Xbox 720 using Blu-Ray as its disc format. Check out Nintendo Enthusiast’s update on the rumor right here
You won’t believe this. The folks over at Nintendo Enthusiast (specifically Menashe) is reporting one hefty rumor. The rumor to end all rumors I’m calling it. I don’t personally think this one will prove true though it is an interesting scenario to imagine. I’m sure many of you will write this off completely and with the sheer craziness of the rumor I can’t blame you.
But if you’re still reading and want to entertain the thought for at least a fleeting moment keep reading.
Let me preface this by saying that I know Menashe, the head of Nintendo Enthusiast and writer of this article concerning this rumor. He runs a great family of video game sites. He is a true professional for whatever that is worth from me. When he tells me he has an inside source or contact that is giving him information I listen.
So if you’re going to get all hot and bothered by this rumor just know that I don’t think he would report on this if he didn’t think there was the tiniest sliver of a chance of it coming true.
Rumor has it that Microsoft and Sony are in talks to work together on next generation consoles. Whether that means cross-platform online multiplayer or a Sony branded console running Microsoft services I don’t know. The possibilities are truly endless.
Menashe says his source for this rumor told him the following:
Sony and Microsoft are terrified of the upcoming generation. Sales are down each holiday season, Apple is taking over market space, and Nintendo has decided to join the hardcore industry more whole-heartedly.
Epic, EA Games, Crytek, Konami, Square Enix, and other powerhouses are being more assertive, having more of a say in the matter – they are somewhat directing what will happen in the next generation. And they are swaying the heads of both companies in certain directions.
Sony’s executives are enticed by the money flowing from Microsoft’s coffers.
Sony and Google had been in talks around GDC time, this year.
[This was his most confusing statement:] Microsoft opened the doors for talks, some “party” walked in to negotiate, and Sony had to reluctantly agree.
As Katuragi left Sony, a psuedo-truce was able to form. [I take this to mean: Sony exec, Tetsuhiko Yasuda, once said that he would consider working with Microsoft. But Ken Katuragi, the father of the Playstation, was against it. After he resigned as honorary SCEI chairman in June 2011, it opened up the opportunity again to discuss a partnership.]
There will be dramatic revelations that will affect the entire industry.
Let’s check out why he says we should give this rumor even a tiny bit of creditability.
The person giving this information to Nintendo Enthusiast told them about Black Wii U units before the public was ever shown the sexy looking units that probably won’t make the system’s holiday 2012 launch. This same source informed Nintendo Enthusaist about Wii U trademark issues related to the U in the title and one month later it was a major story acorss many gaming sites.
This person even informed Nintendo Enthusiast on details about the Nintendo Network and that the Wii U Game Pad would feature clickable, pressure sensitive analog sticks. So this person has come to NE in the past with legit information.
I don’t think I have to tell you that this scenario of Sony and Microsoft working together would be a megaton if there ever was one.
How could this happen and why? Let’s look at it this way.
Sony has been losing money on Playstation hardware for ages. They are hurting when it comes time for financial reports almost all the time. Microsoft however posts better results and makes an insane amount of money off Xbox Live.
Perhaps the big wigs at Sony, who recently have had a lot of top level decision makers resign or new comers enter the picture, could be looking to shed the losses the Playstation divison normally generates.
I’d imagine Sony would make the hardware and Microsoft would design all system software and online services. Sony would get a cut from Xbox Live subscriptions to offset the costs of selling Playstation hardware under this new partnership at a loss. Microsoft would be giving up some money from the cash cow that is Xbox Live but they would completely eliminate console manufacturing costs.
I don’t know if this is a logical trade-off for either company but I’m just guess as to how and why this scenario would come to be and the benefits for either company involved.
I personally think it would be great for the industry. Sony hardware has always been admired and Microsoft software and UI has outpaced Sony’s XMB and other PSN services for years. It is literally a dream team of video game hardware/software makers.
Additionally I believe the industry would benefit from having only two major consoles on market. Consumers could then buy both and get the whole gaming experience for the next generation. The Wii U would provide Nintendo-only experiences and this Sony/MS hybrid would cover all the rest.
Perhaps this would work out for Nintendo because if this super-console by Sony/MS has similar specs to the Wii U this would guarantee a healthy flow of multi-platform releases which is something the N64, Cube and Wii failed miserably at for various reasons.
Do I think this rumor will prove true? Ultimately no but only because I just can’t wrap my head around the entire concept of this super-Justice Leage-style team of video game hardware makers.
Would I like for this to happen? There are mixed feelings there. I love having actual dedicated Playstation and Xbox hardware next to my TV. But I really do think the industry would benefit heavily from this sort of move and if it is the best thing for the industry I can’t do anything but support it.
Though if this happened I’m sure it will upset a lot of people who love the free services of PSN.
We’ll keep you posted with any updates to the story Nintendo Enthusiast makes. What do you think? Bogus? Or do you hope it comes true?