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1 minute ago, Cube said:

I can only presume that some strange licensing messed up the release.

No way to know. ResetEra are naturally saying it's all Ninty's fault.

It's not that, because as long as Ninty got Goldeneye 007 on NSO, they wouldn't care what Microsoft did. And again, the Ninty version isn't adding online to it, it's just baked into the emulator. I could have three other people watch me play Banjo-Kazooie online, that doesn't mean it has online features added.

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The fact that online is being touted as a Switch exclusive does make it sound like it wasn't a choice MS made to leave it out but something else

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Yeah, doesn't make sense for Nintendo to be dictating these terms. My complete guess would be that it's more something like any significant changes to the game (new graphics, a custom built online - as the Switch is doing online in a different way, it's fine) would count as a new game and need additional licensing. 

 

Perhaps this could even be based on the XBLA version, just with the new graphics removed, because of how it links to Rare Replay and the lack of a PC version.

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For anyone who's interested, here's the link for the Xbox TGS stream which starts at 10am. The show is scheduled to run for 50 minutes.

 

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I'd love to see them announce some jrpgs coming to gamepass. It's sorely lacking in that department.

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12 minutes ago, Happenstance said:

I'd love to see them announce some jrpgs coming to gamepass. It's sorely lacking in that department.

And farming sims. :p 

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2 hours ago, Hero-of-Time said:

And farming sims. :p 

Oh of course, I just assumed that went without saying.

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2 hours ago, Happenstance said:

I'd love to see them announce some jrpgs coming to gamepass. It's sorely lacking in that department.

Ni No Kuni Remastered has just been announced. Out on Game Pass today.

 

 

And Deathloop is coming to Game Pass on 20th September

 

 

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Just now, drahkon said:

Anybody watch the show?
Anything interesting in it?

Not really. A lot of Japanese titles that have been available elsewhere for a while are hitting the Xbox. Rest of the stuff on show were multiplatform games.

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Thanks :) 

6 minutes ago, Hero-of-Time said:

A lot of Japanese titles that have been available elsewhere for a while are hitting the Xbox.

Good for XBox gamers :D 

6 minutes ago, Hero-of-Time said:

Rest of the stuff on show were multiplatform games.

Good for all the gamers :D 

Gonna read up on it after work and see if anything tickles my fancy (always very close to typing "fanny", which would be pretty weird :laughing:)

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More acquisitions on the way?

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CNBC:
It does appear to be an arms race. Everyone's getting incredibly acquisitive at the moment. So, aside from Activision and potentially what happens there, are you still looking to remain acquisitive because you've got Tencent really starting to get involved in the space now. You've got Sony nibbling at the edges. Or is it just about waiting and seeing what happens with Activision and then pressing pause for a little bit in terms of buying up other studios?

Phil Spencer:
Yeah, I mean you mentioned it, you nailed it. This is such a competitive market. I don't think we get to press pause on anything. Uh you know, Tencent is the largest gaming company on the planet today and they continue to heavily invest in gaming content and game creators. Sony is a larger business than we are in gaming today and they continue to invest. When you look at the investments that we've made, it's a highly, highly competitive market. We strive to be a major player here. We want to deliver great content for our players and we're going to remain active. Like I said, whether that's investing in our internal teams that are already building great games that people know and love. Whether it's building new partnerships.

And one of the things I love about coming here to Tokyo is the developers. I get to meet with the new partnerships we have with people like Kojima Productions and going to talk with some of our existing publishing partners and independent creators about games that we want to build. And if it turns into acquisitive M&A work, we're active there too. So the work for us never ends. It's a competitive market and I want to make sure Xbox is at the forefront of innovation and competition.

Console pricing

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We saw Sony upping the prices of their consoles just recently. Is Microsoft categorically able to say that you won't be raising prices on your Series S or X?

Phil Spencer:
We're always evaluating our business going forward. So I don't think we can ever say on anything that we will never do something. But when we look at our consoles today, and you talked about it - Series X and Series S, we think value is incredibly important. We love the position of Series S in the market, which is our lower cost console. Over half of our new players that we're finding are coming in through Series S.

And I can definitely say we have no plans today to raise price of our consoles. We think in a time when our customers are more economically challenged and uncertain than ever, we don't think it's the right move for us at this point to be raising prices on our console.

 

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9 minutes ago, Hero-of-Time said:

More acquisitions on the way?

Is that a rhetorical question? :p 
Of course there are. Microsoft has near unlimited spending power and they will use it. 

It's a shame...I wonder how long it takes for one of the huge spending powers to have the majority of the market in their hands :( 

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It's a bit cheeky of him to say that they need to continue with M&A in such an aggressive market when they were the ones who instigated The Great Industry Consolidation to begin with.

But yes, water is wet.  As soon as the Acti-Blizz purchase is approved and completed, they're gonna go right back to gobbling up the rest of the industry.

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Xbox is preparing to join other major games publishers in raising the prices of its major new first-party titles from $60 to $70.

Beginning in 2023, games built for Xbox Series X|S including Forza Motorsport, Redfall, and Starfield will cost $69.99 USD at launch. While Xbox has noted that regional pricing may differ, it has not yet given specifics for other countries.

"This price reflects the content, scale, and technical complexity of these titles," a Microsoft spokesperson told IGN. "As with all games developed by our teams at Xbox, they will also be available with Game Pass the same day they launch."

As expected, although I imagine a lot of Xbox owners won't be too fussed seeing as they have Game Pass as an option.

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