Home opinion-and-analysis Radioactive-IT Sony and Microsoft should combine for next gen console

Author's Opinion

The views in this column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of iTWire.

Have your say and comment below.

Subscribe now and get the news that matters to your industry.

* Your Email Address:
* First Name:
* Last Name:
Industry:
Job Function:
Australian State:
Country:
Email marketing by Interspire
weebly statistics

Developers would love it, no longer needing to pump resources into at least three platform versions of their AAA blockbuster.  The only decision becomes, do we do a version for the Wii U and/or the PC along with the PlayBox?

Microsoft would produce the software, bringing the goodness already delivered with the Xbox LIVE service as well as the resources to provide cloud based server clusters for game streaming, delivery and housing of PlayBox account holder data and game saves.  They just need to do their security better than Sony currently does.

It could be a kind of gaming Nirvana for fans of home based interactive entertainment.  But there is a downside.  Sure cherry picking the best bits of the current Sony and Microsoft offerings could produce a gaming console with few flaws features wise, but the unholy match of Sony and Microsoft removes the major consumer winning benefits; Innovation and Price.

With Nintendo (and PC land for that matter) doing their own thing, what real reason does the PlayBox have to drive the art of interactive entertainment forward?  Not much, if there is only one choice for your average power-hungry gamer, then that's what they will get.  And it will be at a price dictated by our new gaming behemoth Mony.

Still the good news is that this will never happen.  The business culture and past history shows that neither of these two companies, both protective of IP and profits, would consider coming together on such a project.  Instead each R&D department is now ensconced deep within the bowels of their respective research dungeons dreaming up ways to pump more features and power into an attractively priced piece of electronica that will stimulate the saliva glands of the public at large.

So the PlayBox, which is a terrible name, will never emerge, instead both Sony and Microsoft will try to out-do each other come Next-Gen time, and this is a good thing for all of us.

PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST BANDWIDTH BANDITS!

Don't let traffic bottlenecks slow your network or business-critical apps to a grinding halt. With SolarWinds Bandwidth Analyzer Pack (BAP) you can gain unified network availability, performance, bandwidth, and traffic monitoring together in a single pane of glass.

With SolarWinds BAP, you'll be able to:

• Detect, diagnose, and resolve network performance issues

• Track response time, availability, and uptime of routers, switches, and other SNMP-enabled devices

• Monitor and analyze network bandwidth performance and traffic patterns.

• Identify bandwidth hogs and see which applications are using the most bandwidth

• Graphically display performance metrics in real time via dynamic interactive maps

Download FREE 30 Day Trial!

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD!

ITWIRE SERIES - IS YOUR BACKUP STRATEGY COSTING YOU CLIENTS?

Where are your clients backing up to right now?

Is your DR strategy as advanced as the rest of your service portfolio?

What areas of your business could be improved if you outsourced your backups to a trusted source?

Read the industry whitepaper and discover where to turn to for managed backup

FIND OUT MORE!

Mike Bantick

joomla visitor

Having failed to grow up Bantick continues to pursue his childish passions for creative writing, interactive entertainment and showing-off through adulthood. In 1994 Bantick began doing radio at Melbourne’s 102.7 3RRRFM, in 1997 transferring to become a core member of the technology show Byte Into It. In 2003 he wrote briefly for the The Age newspaper’s Green Guide, providing video game reviews. In 2004 Bantick wrote the news section of PC GameZone magazine. Since 2006 Bantick has provided gaming and tech lifestyle stories for iTWire.com, including interviews and opinion in the RadioactivIT section.

Connect