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33. Re: Morning Consolidation Oct 30, 2013, 14:02 Beamer
Creston wrote on Oct 30, 2013, 13:59:
Drazula wrote on Oct 30, 2013, 13:41:
Wouldn't it make sense to tie exclusivity to the number of consoles sold? If XBone fails, why should it be allowed to drag down games with it?

Xbone won't ever fail, there is WAY too much money behind it. If nothing else, Microsoft will spend a few billion dollars and send peons to the stores to buy all the product, making it appear as if it's hugely popular.

If MS ever were to split up, and suddenly the Xbox division didn't have endless cash behind it anymore, they might genuinely have to focus on making a great product. But when your shitty results are continuously propped up by the money-printing press that's Office and Windows, there's little motivation to really try.

I had coffee with an ex-Xbox guy yesterday. He told me about how, when it was started, it had the standard gung-ho, all hands on deck, entrepreneurial startup feel. Success came, and then came the execs from other parts of the company rotating in. The ones that didn't like rapid change and quick decisions, because coming Windows and Office are like the Titanic - they're slow to steer. So out went the execs that were quick and nimble and in came the ones that, while very successful, were slow and lumbering. Great for an old behemoth like Office that would be hindered by rapid change. Awful for a young product but makes sense given what we're seeing.
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