They want an online monopoly. Forget the consoles, they don't care about those. If they succeed in monopolizing the online base they will ween off of consoles and go third party. We've been talking about this stuff for years Sony has always been standing in their way and choose to go the self sufficient route.
MS wants to control the Cloud. If Amazon or Google win the race for a game streaming service, MS will be very upset.
Sony is small potatoes, Nintendo is basically a non-competitor/friendly colleague in MS' eyes.
If MS is successful in getting the defacto game streaming service, they "win" (at least by their metric).
That's right, I think Sony will probably be in a big trouble in the next gen, too.
Granted that all the big players (Google, Amazon, Microsoft) will offer a gaming service full of ALL the new games that will come, will Sony be able to compete with them?
Costumers want the best service at the lowest price (like Netflix is), a streaming service that is fast, reliable, cheap and with all the new releases available at day 1 (new games from ea, squarenix, capcom, bethesda etc), can Sony offer a better/cheaper cloud/streaming infrastructure than Google, for example? Can also Sony maintain all of their third-parties exclusives?
I doubt so :(
Maybe the VR can become a strong selling point for the Playstation brand, but it needs to evolve further.
Nintendo on the other side, is quite in a safe place in my opinion, because they have built a strong image, have their unique way of making games, strong characters and worlds, a very loyal fanbase that really wants new games from the series they produce from more than 35 years. If you want to play a Mario, Zelda or Pokemon game you need a Nintendo hardware. Also, partnership with Microsoft for a streaming service will make a Nintendo console even more valuable, giving a costumer the possibility to play virtually ANY game plus Nintendo original games.
Last edited by JimmyFantasy - on 24 February 2019