Activision announced that they have acquired Bungie, the creators of “Destiny,” for $3.5 billion dollars. What does this mean for Sony? Will it affect their dominance in gaming as we know it today?
Activision has acquired the popular game developer, Bungie. With this acquisition, Activision will be able to make games for Sony’s PlayStation 4 console. This raises questions about what the future of Sony is going to look like.
Should Sony be concerned? (Sony photo)
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Xbox for kids Hopefully, this does not spell the end for Sony PlayStation; it would be awful to watch a firm that has provided us with so many wonderful games and experiences over the years get gobbled up by Microsoft’s aggressive commercial techniques.
I don’t understand how anybody could be delighted about this, apart than the army of 12-year-old Xbox fanboys that plague social media. Russell
Half-full glass In regards to Microsoft and Activision, I get why people are concerned, but it’s way too early to conclude that this is the start of Microsoft’s full control of gaming. To play devil’s advocate, that may be a really beneficial move; perhaps Microsoft will loosen off on the annual Call Of Duty releases in order to enable companies to experiment more with future entries and/or free up studios to produce games that aren’t Call Of Duty.
It’s too early to tell, either way, since, unlike Bethesda, Activision doesn’t put out a lot of games, but they do have some highly experienced studios that I’m sure could be incredibly amazing if they were allowed to break free from the Call Of Duty treadmill and produce something new.
I swear I’ll take it all back if they end up buying EA, Ubisoft, or another company like that next. Carl
GC: Isn’t it not going to assist PlayStation owners a lot?
The wealthy get more wealthier. It’s tough to get thrilled about Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard — a massive global corporation purchasing a very lucrative games publisher for an insane amount of money, no doubt enriching all parties involved, isn’t exactly something for the average punter to rejoice about.
The ZeniMax Media acquisition allowed Xbox Game Pass to be strengthened with titles that were highly-received but didn’t necessarily sell as well as they could have, giving the creators the stability they needed to continue making fantastic games in the future.
Call of Duty is, without a doubt, one of the most well-known brands in console gaming. However, rather than boosting their first-party console line-up, I believe that the money from subscription services (e.g. World of Warcraft), online multiplayer (Overwatch), and free-to-play (the King mobile games, Warzone) is probably the key motivation for the acquisition.
Xbox will be expected to start making money at some time, and despite how amazing Game Pass is, it is still losing money. When a price hike was first proposed, subscribers were outspoken in their objections, so it makes sense for Microsoft to search for alternative methods to improve the Xbox division’s bottom line.
I guess only time will tell, but my opinion is that Microsoft will strive for a portion of sales across several platforms rather than attempting to convert everyone to Xbox. Magnumstache PS: Guardians of the Galaxy was fantastic, and I hope they have the opportunity to do more.
GC: The fact that Activision Blizzard is already successful makes it much simpler for Microsoft to rationalize the acquisition, even if it was done for nefarious reasons. Microsoft didn’t acquire them to create Call Of Duty exclusives – since they understood it would bring too much negative press/regulatory action – but to get them on Game Pass, according to a fresh idea that makes sense to us.
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There is just one game. RE: Activision Blizzard being purchased by Microsoft — This is huge news. It makes purchasing ZeniMax look like a waste of money.
This purchase is significant and obviously terrible news for Microsoft’s rivals, particularly Sony, yet a quick glance at the top-selling titles in the US and UK reveals that only Call Of Duty, which is mentioned in this piece, is from Activision Blizzard’s portfolio. It’s undeniably a system seller, but when we examine the other major conventional gaming titles, such as FIFA, Madden, and Grand Theft Auto, it’s evident that, although Xbox exclusivity may frighten PlayStation, it won’t demolish its library or userbase.
Apart from the mobile aspect (which we’ve already seen with Take-Two and Zynga this month), the resumption of console exclusivity battles is a more fascinating takeaway. In the future, games that are “published on everything” may become less common.
Last but not least, someone on Twitter quipped that Sony should purchase CD Projekt, which was amusing at first but seemed to make more sense the more you thought about it. I’m excited to see what they do with the PlayStation 5 version of Cyberpunk 2077 and how well it runs. I also believe it’ll just be a matter of time before they look at acquiring Square Enix.
In any event, I don’t think Sony needs to buy its way to success like Microsoft did; it already has a lot of experience with AAA game creation, and the PlayStation brand is still going strong. It remains to be seen how long it can continue to punch above its weight in future generations. Owen Pile (PSN ID: NongWen)
GC: We’re sure Microsoft would love to purchase Square Enix or another major Japanese publisher, but Japanese legislation, as we understand it, makes this very difficult, if not impossible.
a tried and true strategy I’ve been gaming for quite some time. In fact, most gamers probably regard me as a dinosaur these days.
Companies have been flexing their graphical muscles at each other for years, and to be honest, they’ve been ready to take a loss on their console sales just to get into your living room on the back of it. It’s an age-old tale, and customers have bought into it. What makes you think they wouldn’t? They are receiving a fantastic value for their money.
I’ve often wondered what gaming would be like if visuals and sheer power reached a point where they were no longer stunning. I expected it to come down to the games in the end, but I didn’t expect console manufacturers to buy out major corporations for exclusivity.
Still, I’m not here to debate whether it’s a good or terrible thing, and if I were in control of Microsoft Xbox right now, I’d really consider looking into EA’s sports titles, despite the fact that I personally despise them. I assume that since the FIFA license is now up in the air, it would not be the ideal financial transaction, and that decision should be left to the businesspeople who know what they’re doing.
I’m not saying it’s appropriate, but console companies pouring money at their platforms to gain your attention isn’t exactly new. Microsoft just so happens to have a lot of cash on hand to do so, and they’re going all out right now.
In the end, it’s all about the games and what you like playing. Although I prefer Nintendo, I do possess an Xbox Series S. If I’m being honest, I could give or take Call Of Duty and the like, which is precisely what I’ll do if they’re available on Game Pass. highway 77
Gaming’s Demise After considering the Xbox + Activision acquisition, I believe it will derail Sony’s goals and completely derail Game Pass. Xbox has spent more than $77 billion on two buyouts and might spend much more. They’ve already gotten 25 million people to sign up for Game Pass, and they’re aiming for many more now. With Call of Duty, Crash Bandicoot, and all the other games now available on Game Pass, the price has to go up. That’s when Xbox owners will grumble and say, “I’m not paying that.”
It won’t be long until Sony and Xbox control all the devs, and it will be the end of gaming for me. Two corporations will be so powerful that they will be able to charge whatever they want, whenever they want, and all they will say is, ‘Look what you’re receiving.’
Phil said that he is a gamer and that every gamer should be allowed to play any game on any platform (not an exact quote). I have a feeling he’ll be breaking his promise now that Call Of Duty is an Xbox-exclusive product, and since it’s Xbox, they’ll make the games more worse than they are now. Call of Duty will be like flares before you know it. David
Forget Call of Duty, you’ve all been missing out on something. All of Activision’s Atari 2600 games, including River Raid, Pitfall, Spider Fighter, Chopper Command, and Kaboom!, are currently owned by Microsoft.
Imagine new Plaque Attack and Oink games running at 60 frames per second with ray traced visuals! Tim Keeling is a writer and a musician.
GC: It’s a little-known truth that the firm was effectively a distinct entity. In the early 1990s, Bobby Kotick purchased the brand and back library to launch the contemporary Activision, laying off all but eight of the original 150 workers.
Short in length In response to Andrew J’s letter regarding the Hyperkin Dreamcast HDMI cable, I’d like to say, “Hoo boy!” I said in a recent letter that connecting pre-HDMI consoles to contemporary TVs was a rabbit hole, but I’ll try to keep this short. Partly because I don’t want to put other readers to sleep, and partly because I’m not a professional.
The short answer is that, among the affordable HDMI solutions for the Dreamcast, the Hyperkin seems to be somewhat superior than the competition. There are, however, certain drawbacks. So, in Europe, the Dreamcast would send an RGB signal to a CRT television via SCART cable, but if you had a VGA monitor and purchased the right adapter, the Dreamcast would send a 480p signal.
I never had that kit back in the day, but it was widely regarded as the gold standard for getting the finest picture out of the Dreamcast as compared to the 480i (or rather 576i for PAL) over RGB SCART. The majority of Dreamcast games supported VGA, and most of the titles that didn’t support VGA could be tricked into doing so by utilizing a hack or boot loader disc.
The converse is true for the PlayStation 2, with the majority of its library only supporting 480i and just a small percentage supporting 480p (over a component cable). The very inexpensive HDMI adaptors for the PlayStation 2 deliver the same 480i picture as a SCART connection, which supposedly does not look well on HDTVs.
The Hyperkin cable simply connects the Dreamcast’s VGA mode to the HDMI port on your television. The issue is that the Dreamcast outputs a VGA resolution of 720480, which most current TVs perceive as 640480, thus you’re missing some pixel columns, resulting in a slightly off aspect ratio and fuzzier picture.
A specialised vintage gaming device, such as the open source scan convertor, may be set up to show the proper VGA aspect ratio while also upscaling the 480p data to high definition. Similar to RetroTINK devices, it can also convert PlayStation 2 480i to 480p for a better picture.
If money isn’t an issue, you can get your Dreamcast hacked with a DC HDMI kit, but it won’t come cheap.
The casual vintage gamer is unlikely to be troubled by any of this, so if Andrew’s buddy is unconcerned about such concessions, they should acquire the Hyperkin. Even with the aforementioned factors in mind, it will almost certainly appear better than the 480i/576i image they’re receiving through the old Dreamcast SCART connection.
As I previously said, I am not an expert, and if I made any major errors in the above, I am certain that other, more knowledgeable readers will be able to correct me. Bull Meestah
Without prior notice When I noticed that the Bayonetta amiibo was in stock before Christmas, I set up stock alerts on Nintendo’s shop to notify me when it became available, but I never received any messages or emails stating that it was in stock; I just went to the store and saw it.
So keep that in mind if you use alerts for amiibos. Other goods, like as the Metroid Dread game, received notices, although other amiibos did not. If I see the other Bayonetta amiibo in the future, I’ll let GameCentral know. Andrew J. is a member of the Andrew J. PS: Starting at 4 p.m., Relicta will be available for free on the Epic Games Store; I’d never heard of it before, but it’s normally £14.99.
GC: Thank you; we received the one you changed us to. There’s also a Terry Bogard one.
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Good, but not outstanding. Is there any word on when Resident Evil Village DLC will be released, GC? Village isn’t without flaws, but it’s still a fantastic addition in the series, with decent fighting, wonderful mood and level design, stunningly depicted surroundings, and stressful, memorable enemy/boss confrontations, in my view.
The puzzle designs were surprisingly intuitive and devoid of difficulty. To be honest, I did miss the more cryptic, even befuddling riddles from previous Resident Evil games. The Atelier bells and piano problems were my favorites, but the labyrinth puzzles in which you guide the balls through the models were also fun.
For me, House Beneviento was the pinnacle of Resident Evil Village, since it was such a sneaky, engaging part that truly drove up the psychological dread. In Resident Evil 9 and beyond, I truly want to see more of this underappreciated, particularly in the triple-A scene, kind of horror.
Lady Demitriscu is an artistically memorable and well-acted character. The stalking scenes with the tall, voluminous vampire definitely had the intended impact; seeing her bend slightly to enter a room for the first time was rather terrifying! Excellent animation.
It’s obvious, though, that the game’s second half loses pace and falls short of the dramatic, captivating design that preceded it. Lady Dimitrescu, in my opinion, should have had a larger role in the tale, and her combat should have been much more tough than it was on the usual difficulty level.
The last act was likewise tonally off-kilter and, fear not, Resident Evil 6-like in spirit. Furthermore, I would have like greater variation in opponent design; yet, it was an improvement over Resident Evil 7’s pitiful assortment of adversaries in this aspect.
Thankfully, everything came to a close with an awesome final boss battle and a bleak, but not hopeless, conclusion. In my perspective, the Duke was a more engaging character than the merchant from Resident Evil 4. The audio also performs an excellent job at portraying the game’s suspense, uncertainty, and harrowing/horrific scenes.
So, for me, it’s a nice Resident Evil, but not nearly as excellent as Resident Evil remakes 1 and 2 and Resident Evil 4. And I’d give Resident Evil 7 the edge over Village, despite the fact that I have yet to play the victorious franchise relaunch sans VR, given my previous encounters with it have been inextricably linked to the immersion-enhancing technology. We’re crossing our fingers that Village will be given the VR treatment as well! Energized Gamer
GC: Since it was announced, there has been no word about the DLC.
also-rans in your inbox What, in the simplest terms, is the difference between games created in the West and those made in Japan? Sven
I’m just curious whether the performance problems with the N64 games on Nintendo Switch Online have been addressed. If it was, I’d subscribe and purchase the N64 controller since I’m a hopeless nostalgic! deckscrubber02
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