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Old 04-23-2020, 09:50 PM   #21
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It feels 1990s to me. Like something Sega would have done during the Genesis era.
Funny you say that, the first thought that came to my mind when I saw the post was the Sega 32X
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Old 04-24-2020, 12:49 AM   #22
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But just working there I learned that you rarely want to distance yourself from your product line.
It has an X on it.
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And I agree with this, but how is going more generic than ever and sticking that generic label on an oddly shaped generic box going to help the 3rd place team?
I'm wagering the thought process behind it all is to present a much more utilitarian image than before. The One X - especially at launch - was built around trying to do everything; it was trying to be an all-in-one media center with crazy motion controls. This one, on the other hand, is more focused on playing video games. The console's form factor isn't trying to be flashy or ostentatious; it's an efficient design that gets the job done.

You keep calling it "generic", but it's really just more streamlined and focused.
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It has an X on it.
So it's a pirate map?
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I am certain Microsoft hopes it is a treasure map.
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I am certain Microsoft hopes it is a treasure map.
Some years ago I saw a bottom line balance on their xbox efforts, and it was in the red. Where are they at with their gaming endeavors lifetime at this point? Fifteen years, is it? What's the accounting look like lifetime?

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Some years ago I saw a bottom line balance on their xbox efforts, and it was in the red. Where are they at with their gaming endeavors lifetime at this point? Fifteen years, is it? What's the accounting look like lifetime?

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The game publishing side has tended to be generally profitable, and have been profitable almost every year since Microsoft Game Studios/Microsoft Studios/Xbox Studios was created except for the first years of Xbox when they were throwing everything at getting Xbox Games out to the point they abandoned PC gaming. And then again trying to support Kinect with internal titles because no one else was dumb enough to make software for the Kinect.

One of the things about working at the same company that supports a console is the teams are often asked to do some really dumb shit in order to support the platform. Like throwing good money after bad on Kinect titles.

Fortunately a year with Gears or Halo or Forza can help defray some of those expenses.

The hardware... well, not so much. There have been some teardowns and estimates on the console cost vs. the retail price and it seems to take a couple years before MS can make the efficiencies needed to break even on COGS.
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