That's basically my point. That's not common knowledge, but PS4 exclusive AAA titles are. So next gen, while PS5 will still follow suit, will it be MS first party titles that become well known and praised, while PS is more quiet while making money behind the scenes like MS is now?
I would say at the time it was. It just didn't have any meaningful effects on anything in the long run for ppl to care.
There is no reversal taking place, this acquisition for Sony will definitely aid them in their own games in the audio department, even though it will be available for anyone to use, which in turn is only going to strengthen their 1st party presence. If Sony doesn't leverage this then no one is going to care about this in a few years time either. I would wager that most ppl dont care about middleware acquisitions.