Xbox Two May Never Be Released By Microsoft

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Xbox Two May Never Be Released By Microsoft
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Eager gamers are awaiting the next generation PlayStation 5 and Xbox Two consoles, but with Microsoft floundering behind Sony in the video game marketplace, it seems that the electronics and software giant may consider a different approach next time round. Rumors are accelerating that Microsoft’s next console may not be released at all, due to steps being planned by both Microsoft and its rival Sony at present.

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Xbox Two – New PC tie-in

Reports indicate that Microsoft’s tie-in system with Xbox One, PC and Sony’s Beta on MUSASHI firmware on the Playstation 4 may have an influence over the plans For the Xbox Two. And some analysts are suggesting that the Xbox Two maybe shelved as a consequence, or at the very least delayed significantly.

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It has already been revealed by the credible source Gamespot that some unreleased and currently in-development Xbox One exclusive titles such as Quantum Break and ReCore will feature PC ports. This could be part of a broader policy for Microsoft, in which the corporation tends to nudge its new Xbox One games onto the PC platform should this new approach be considered profitable.

If this becomes a success story for Microsoft, it is possible that it may entirely eliminate the Xbox Two. This may seem like an alarmist position, but one must consider several factors in this assertion.

Sony chasm

Firstly, Microsoft is struggling to make any impression on the massive market lead that Sony has built up in the existing generation. While the public pronouncements of Microsoft have remained predictably bullish on the subject, the reality is that it will be extremely difficult for the corporation to escape the negative connotations of the Xbox One generation. Microsoft scored a massive PR own goal before the Xbox One was even released, and the controversy over its lack of power in comparison to the PS4 has not exactly helped the situation.

In addition to this fundamental financial issue, the gaming marketplace is also becoming significantly more complex, and the concept of standalone consoles is arguably rather dated. Investing vast amounts of money in hardware, when software can potentially do the job of expensive peripherals, does on one level seem to be irrational.

Microsoft also has the potential to tap into a PC marketplace that is becoming not only increasingly lucrative and fertile, but also more feasible for more people to enter. While many PC games and users have argued that the desktop machine provides a superior platform to consoles for sometime, the barrier to adoption on a wide scale was always the relatively high cost of machines.

But prices for PCs are now coming down significantly, and the cultural power of video games means that people are generally more inclined to invest money in playing them. And many PC gamers believe that ultimately, for hardcore gamers at least, investing money in a console is false economy, owing to the fact that PC titles are far cheaper than their console equivalents.

MUSASHI update

As rumors begin to unfold about the Xbox Two, Siliconera has also confirmed the beta for 3.50 firmware update of the Playstation 4. The firmware update in question is codenamed “MUSASHI”, and will enable Sony to significantly improve the online services of the PlayStation 4. In particular, the most notable feature of the new update is the ability to remote play PS4 games on both PC and Mac desktops.

This piece of software has the potential to break the console exclusivity for both Microsoft and Sony; obviously a major component of the console battleground. It would give both manufacturers the opportunity to concentrate on producing supplemental hardware for the PC, enabling PC users to adequately run PlayStation 4 and Xbox One games.

An extreme interpretation of this news would be that consoles could be entirely confined to the dustbin of history, and it will particularly threaten the future of the Xbox Two. It speaks volumes that Microsoft was forced to go public on its plans to actually release a next generation console; underlying the fact that the Xbox One generation has been extremely disappointing for the corporation.

It would be extremely surprising, and indeed disappointing for many, if we didn’t see a PlayStation 5 release, as Sony has quite simply owned the console marketplace over the last few years, and certainly since the PlayStation 4 was released. There is no particular onus on Sony to engage in a high-risk strategy, when it is leading the marketplace by such a considerable distance, and one can be almost completely certain that we will see a PlayStation 5 release at some point.

Gaming climate

Microsoft will be assessing the gaming climate very carefully at the moment, despite its public pronouncements. It is certainly established that the Xbox One has no chance of winning this console generation, and if Sony is able to carry that the momentum into the next generation, it may prompt Microsoft to change tack completely.

The forthcoming E3, being held in June, could in fact be critical to the future of the Xbox brand. If Microsoft is able to deliver some outstanding exclusive titles, it could prompt Microsoft to develop, and ultimately release, an Xbox Two console in the foreseeable future. Ubisoft’s The Division has timed exclusive DLCs on the Xbox One, which could have a positive influence on consumers. But if Microsoft perceives that the Xbox One has been a failure, it may decide to shelve the Xbox Two completely.

Whether this drastic turn of events comes to pass or not, what is certain is that Microsoft will have to make some serious design decisions before the Xbox Two is released. Cloud gaming, virtual reality and streaming will be extremely important in a diversified and increasingly complex marketplace. Microsoft made monumental mistakes with the Xbox One, and it must avoid repeating such blunders when it releases the Xbox Two, if the Xbox brand is to live on much longer.

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Christopher Morris is a passionate player of video games since the days of Space Invaders, and is extensively published on the subjects of Business, Technology and Politics. Chris also contributes to Yahoo.
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  1. This is one of Microsoft’s most profitable products on the mass market. You’re one crazy fellow to think that they wouldn’t release another console. Catchy headline though, I guess.

  2. Fine and good, but if Universal apps is the norm, the only issue is twiddle thumbs vs keyboards.

    but a main issue is COMPETITION, with other players. besides internet speed, there is hardware equality. For arcade or competitive games, having a slower system, for some games, ( put it on EASY mode or slow mo) or faster ( for MMO or to make the make more consistent in its frame rate) would allow you to get higher score, with slower reflexes, unless the framerate is accounted for in the scoring. In the arcade, games did have difficulty settings the operator could adjust if the local kids were getting too much bang for the coin, having “world record” scores and “playing 24 hours on one quarter” were achievements…

    Anyways I would like to see more joystick with red round slammable buttons in a wide wooden box be pushed mainstream. Playing robotron with two joysticks, 8 switches is 16 positions. .. cant doing it any other way. slamming the buttons…. .Arcade arction.. Play with passion.. twiddling thumbs is not that. Even a heavy PC keyboard is better… precise mouse action is work, not play…as more of use has to push mouse for a job, having a difference.. is nice… big TV.. far from eyes… etc.. moving the whole machine.. teenage angst, sweet.. swearing.

    http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Double-joystick-King-of-Fighters-Street-Fighter-the-arcade-joystick-combat-the-joystick-lever-joysticks-doubles/32615402467.html?spm=2114.40010508.4.69.wc8G7I

  3. Why even include the MUSASHI update as a argument piece? Its pointless unless I missed something… The fact is Microsoft is better integrated in the PC space than Sony. So if anything I would foresee Microsoft having the upper arm here vs. Sony… We are already enjoying the streaming option on the Xbox 1 with the PC integration. Your point is what???

  4. Christopher Morris or Who ever wrote this article is a moron. You act as though you have to be the number one selling console in order to be prosperous. You act as though being #2 means that you can’t be successful. How is this possible when last generation the PS3 was the second highest selling console with the Wii being# 1. There always seems to be a Silly Pro Sony PS4 base that creates pointless sound bites. You badly want Xbox One to fail and go away and yet its doing quite well and selling enough on its own. Its not stagnant and its moving units off the racks. To be honest the PS4 has over 15 plus installed base and does not ever sell the amount of games vs. Xbox 1 which has a significantly lower install base. Check out VGChartz and see the games vs. games sell through. While it is not the number 1 selling console sitting in #2 place is not a sign of being DOA. You talk about things in this article that make no sense. You say how there won’t be a Xbox 2 because of an update 3.5 for the PS4 that will allow it to play games on the PC and MAC. The Xbox One already does that. How does that make it a doom and gloom for the XBOX 2 and that there will be a PS5 but not a Xbox 2??? You sir are an idiot and should not have a job writing because you are biased and not very smart at hiding it

  5. Not entirely click bait, but pretty close. Some analysts believe? Like who? And why listen to them? I can make wild assumptions and not be held accountable for them and you can cover those too. How about it? The next Xbox console will release in 2018 – I saw an email correspondence that accidentally got forwarded to me. There, I’m now a reasonable source for an article. NOT.

    Here’s the facts: Microsoft and Sony have both already affirmed that their current consoles will have follow-up consoles. Microsoft has also confirmed their interest in moving to upgrade cycles instead of static consoles for 8-10 years at a time. This story’s statements have zero credible information to back it and every statements to argue against it. Thus, this story is BS – floating ideas around here and there. If you believe Xbox and anyone else would abandon Xbox and completely change routes in the near future are high as a kite.

  6. Technically Xbox Two already came out, it was called Xbox 360. But I agree that there will probably not be a console named Xbox Two, Xbox 4 will be called something else like Xbox ei ei ei oh. Whatever they call it, I will have it on day one.

  7. Microsoft (Which I love my xbox btw) fd up with the *specs* of their system and the beginning PR problems they had at the onset of their new release. Yet if they don’t release a next gen console when PS does then gamers will still suffer from lack of competition and variety.

  8. Didn’t you just write 6 days ago about everything I needed to know about “xbox two”? I don’t see how things have changed from then to now.

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