These talks need to fall through. This would be truly awful for Xbox and PC gamers, losing future GTA, Red Dead, Borderlands, Bioshock, NBA 2K, etc. releases.
Could be bad news for Sony fans as well, as this could set a bad precedent that would lead to Microsoft and Google (who is also trying to break into the gaming market) buying up other big 3rd party publishers like Bethesda, Ubisoft, EA, Activision, Square Enix, Capcom, etc. in order to try and compete against Sony. 3rd party multiplats could disappear almost entirely if this happens. We need to be moving toward a future with less exclusives honestly, not more exclusives.
I have no problem with that, let Google buy Ubisoft, and Microsoft buy EA.
If these companies want to bolster their Libraries, and dig in for the Streaming future, that is great news. If this would mean future titles from Take-Two, EA, and Ubisoft have a 1st Party level of polish, then we all win.
I have no problem subscribing to PS Now, Game Pass, and Google Stream. Ideally, at a minimum the streaming service would be available on all platforms, with native support on PC and each individual companies hardware. To me that would make owning the hardware, and subscribing to the services much more enticing.
I don't want to see a repeat of what we are seeing in tv streaming in game streaming. In tv streaming right now, I feel like I need to be subscribed to about 6 different services to watch every show I want to watch (Netflix, Hulu, Disney +, HBO Go, Amazon Prime, CBS All-Access), and now it looks like we're moving toward a future where I am going to need to subscribe to 3 different gaming services as well, possibly more if Amazon and Apple throw their hat in the ring (which is quite possible), plus buy a Nintendo system as well if they don't go the streaming route (which I doubt they will. I'm not the monopoly mascot, Uncle Pennybags, I can't afford all of these streaming services.
For a multiplat gamer like me, gaming companies further walling themselves off is one of the worst possible futures. I want to see a future where most consoles/streaming services have mostly the same games, with just a few 1st party exclusives to differentiate between them. People deciding which console/service they want to play on based on what their friends play on, or which controller they prefer, or which they have the most achievements/trophies for, instead of having to decide based on huge amounts of exclusive content.
Last edited by shikamaru317 - on 13 March 2019