Microsoft abandons original programming plans, will shut down Xbox Entertainment Studios

By Shawn Knight
Jul 17, 2014
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  1. As part of Microsoft's massive workforce reduction announced earlier today, the Redmond-based company is also streamlining a handful of portfolio and engineering development efforts across its Xbox team.

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  2. Whats the point of getting an XBone then. They would understand why content is important if steam pulled out of Windows. Imagine Half-life 3 for non windows only.
  3. WangDangDoodle

    WangDangDoodle TS Addict Posts: 199   +71

    It's a little late to be taking the Xbone back to the drawing board, but that's not gonna stop Microsoft from trying. I'm not intimately familiar with the more advanced workings of this console, but I do remember something about the Xbone reserving system resources for the Kinect and such. The PS4 is so obviously a superior gaming system, and I think Microsoft is doing everything they can to close the gap now. I don't know how much they can do just by updating the software, though.
  4. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,541   +2,337

    This is further evidence supporting my theory that Microsoft's E3 showing had a lot more to it than simply games.
  5. Other than the unfortunate human cost, I'm happy with this decision. Xbox is still an entertainment hub, without Microsoft's original programming, with TV, Netflix, Hulu, twitch, youtube, NFL, NHL, bluray, Xbox music and video, etc. To me the original programming was always an interesting experiment, but not the reason I bought the console.
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  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,476   +2,034

    I still think the best thing MS can do is to dump the entire XBox division, let some other company take it over then they can concentrate more on their core products.
    Jad Chaar and WangDangDoodle like this.
  7. WangDangDoodle

    WangDangDoodle TS Addict Posts: 199   +71

  8. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    I wish they did that to; BUT, it is currently a huge money maker for them.
  9. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,476   +2,034

    It's not really as big as you think it is. Most of the money comes from games and not the console, in fact the hardware operates at a loss.
  10. Why? Do you think it is coincidence that Apple, Android, etc. have been developing advance GPU APIs, more powerful mobile devices, partnerships with gaming companies and entertainment media houses?

    Office software products while great, have become a commodity. There are plenty of alternative options Microsoft Office products. The next battlefield is analytic data for an increasing mobile workforce.

    Apple crushed everyone by outselling the entire retail division in the US with just two multimedia entertainment devices (iPhone and iPad). As soon as these devices become more robust gaming and enterprise capable devices, it's a wrap!

    Hence the reason Microsoft is restructuring and focusing on mobile computing and the cloud.
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  11. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Wow really. I didn't know that! (no sarcasm in that BTW)
  12. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    Sure mobile devices will continue to improve but the same goes for PCs etc.

    There may be alternatives to the MS Office products but MS is still seen as the de-facto industry standard. Can you name any alternatives that are household names?

    Don't know why you have come to that conclusion? Apple may well outsell individual competitors but if you lump all the competitors which sell Android devices then Android wins hands down.

    MS is restructuring because that is what happens when you have a new boss.
  13. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    I prefer and still use WordPerfect but I know I'm in the overwhelming minority. Probably not a household name these days though.
  14. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,690   +1,879

    I think most printers are loss leader items, or very close to it. They're sold to get you hooked on the ink cartridges.

    Game cartridge, ink cartridge, not much difference in the marketing strategies. The ink cartridges likely have a higher markup than the games.

    I buy a printer every year or so at BB on Black Friday. I'm absolutely certain they're well under cost. Then I retire it when it runs out of ink.

    Shame that part of my consumer strategy won't work with games....:oops:

    On a more somber note, layoffs are always tragic. However, I suspect that M$ has plenty of dead wood in their forest of workers. Perhaps most notably, Steve Ballmer.
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  15. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Good point. I wonder how much the xbox team gets from developers' game profits.
  16. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,476   +2,034

    I wouldn't be at all surprised if 9/10th's of the senior management is much more than dead wood, thats where M$ should start pruning first.
  17. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    I remember Wordperfect so you are not totally alone. Whilst I now use MS Word at work I must confess I preferred using Wordperfect. What was great about it was being able to see the code behind the formatting. It made correcting formatting errors so much easier.
  18. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    Yes, it is the reveal codes feature that makes it so easy to work with the formatting of documents.

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