Games to look forward to!

There may be some more big names on there soon, as they just bought Bethesda parent company ZeniMax for 7.5 bil.
My first reaction in reading the tweet/announcement was “there’s no way this can be real??” It seems like MS is finally interested in using their buying power again to secure big exclusives. I know they already have with smaller studios. But this is another level. It’s still early to say what this means for Sony and Nintendo. But at least it seems like MS won’t be impacting the PC market at all with this acquisition.
 

Walter

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It’s still early to say what this means for Sony and Nintendo.
Probably just means timed exclusives in Xbox's favor.

But at least it seems like MS won’t be impacting the PC market at all with this acquisition.
Given how Microsoft puts all their first-party games on Game Pass, I think it progressively makes their service an incredible deal, and that influences all the different ecosystems/platforms on PC.
 
Probably just means timed exclusives in Xbox's favor.
True. But the ball is in MS’ court. I know they usually “share the wealth” so to speak. Especially with games like Minecraft. But I’m still dubious that we will see games like demons souls or even the final fantasy 7 remake on another console besides PC within the next couple years. I would love to be proven wrong. I know those are two different cases. But Microsoft can easily do the same. We shall see. I agree they won’t be aiming to lose any money from the deal.

Reminder that 98% of all PC gaming occurs on Microsoft Windows.
Yes. That was a captain obvious statement on my part. MS will never sacrifice their PC market because they have nothing to lose. They better be careful about that 2% though. I heard Gabe Newell is a big Linux fan
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Aazealh

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They better be careful about that 2% though. I heard Gabe Newell is a big Linux fan :azan:
Yeah I wouldn't worry too much about that. Valve has tried as hard as it can to push Linux for years and it's had some pretty limited success, mostly because it's not worthwhile for developers. Valve is a strange company to be honest, and of all their side projects, none has really borne fruit. Steam Machines, Steam controller, Steam Link, and even more recently the Valve Index... All were commercial failures.
 

Griffith

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Valve is a strange company to be honest, and of all their side projects, none has really borne fruit. Steam Machines, Steam controller, Steam Link, and even more recently the Valve Index... All were commercial failures.
If Microsoft is above trying to make money at this point (after losing this console generation they'll just buy PlayStation :ganishka:) then Valve is actively trying to waste it on what amount to corporate hobbies. I actually like the Steam controller though for all the unique features and customizations, it was my main PC controller for years despite it's shortcomings (no right stick or d-pad, but that's the charm =).

Back to MS though, some interesting possibilities now that ZeniMax is out of the picture, like Carmack has already expressed willingness to return to the fold in some form, and Bethesda and Obsidian are now under the same roof New Vegas fans. People are even joking about Doomguy vs Master Chief being a real possibility now. Aaz, how's the relationship between Microsoft and Oculus these days? "Doom 3 VRemastered, only on the Rift-X!" :daiba:
 

Aazealh

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Aaz, how's the relationship between Microsoft and Oculus these days? "Doom 3 VRemastered, only on the Rift-X!" :daiba:
Xbox and Facebook actually have a strong partnership around streaming. Microsoft abandoned Mixer in favor of Facebook Gaming a couple of months ago, and there are more business ties behind that. With Microsoft having all but dropped development on their VR technology, it's been thought by experts (myself included of course :badbone:) that it would make sense for them to partner with Oculus. It would allow them to have something to show against Sony, who after Facebook is the company that's invested most in VR so far.

There are two roadblocks for a deal like that: internal politics at Microsoft (I doubt Alex Kipman is very favorable to it), and revenue splitdown between the two platforms. That said, the Oculus Quest 2 is so good that it might just tip the scales. The last puzzle piece is wireless tethering to a PC (or in this case an Xbox). Microsoft expressed in the past that they felt this was necessary in order to bring VR to Xbox because it's a much better experience. Facebook is definitely working on that for the Quest 2 and I would guess it will either be announced during Facebook F8 in May 2021 or at worse during Facebook Connect next year (September 2021). Once that's available, a partnership between the two companies might follow.

Seeing even farther than that, Microsoft's cloud gaming service could one day be applied to the Oculus ecosystem as well, and I'm sure there are discussions to that effect between the two. As for Carmack himself, he's been a huge proponent of bringing Minecraft to VR in the past and has single-handedly managed to get it done for Rift (well, Zuckerberg did have to personally strike a deal with Nadella). And I'm sure he'd love to be able to collaborate with Id again to bring some of their titles to VR. The Zenimax situation was always outrageous, honestly they're about as bad as Oracle. I really hope Microsoft gets rid of their entire executive team.
 
Microsoft making things harder for me ... I'm fan of both Fallout and The Elder Scrolls. Hyped for PS5 and remake of Demon's Souls but Bethesda under Microsoft is really really tempting me to buy Xbox.
 

Griffith

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With the rise of streaming PC will finally win the console war! :ganishka:

Anyway, there currently aren't any new mainline Elder Scrolls or Fallout games slated for release, so nobody is under pressure to buy a system for them. Plus, one can just play Demon's Souls on PS3, a more authentic experience anyway, and double the savings! I'm considering the latter option myself, or maybe upscaled on PC; best of both worlds! I mean, did you see those updated monster designs? It looks more like Doom Eternal than anything by FromSoftware. They simply got no... :SK:

...Soul. :badbone:
 
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