Microsoft acquires Sony
A new console might be in the works, the PlayBox.
Quite the spending spree for MicroSoft (Xbox) lately. At E3 this summer, the company announced the purchase of Undead Labs (State of Decay), Ninja Theory (Hellblade), Playground Games (Forza), Compulsion Games (We Happy Few), Obsidian Entertainment (Fallout: New Vegas, Pillars of Eternity) and inXile (Wasteland 2).
Apparently, that wasn’t enough as Microsoft proclaimed today its intention to acquire Sony Interactive Entertainment (PlayStation) at its X018 event in Mexico City. We were very surprised at the news, and even though numbers have not been revealed yet, we suspect that it will cost at least 50 billion dollars. Microsoft‘s pockets must be full of infinite money. As to why this happened, we can only speculate:
- Microsoft buys its direct competitor to run it to the ground, the same way Electronic Arts destroyed Bullfrog and Westwood studios.
- Both companies felt that they needed to band together in order to face the huge sale numbers of Nintendo and its highly successful Switch.
If the second hypothesis proves to be true, the addition of Sony will bring some valuable talent to Microsoft where it was sorely missed. An anonymous source told us that together they might release a new console, the PlayBox. Our source gave us a picture of the following work-in-progress controller, but we were not able to verify its authenticity, so please take this with a grain of salt.
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