By swfcfan 2 Comments
Microsoft games on the 3DS.... at first glance the above statement sounds ridiculous right? Well over the next few paragraphs I plan to explain why this decision would make prefect sence for Microsofts business strategy.
Microsoft have repetatadley mentioned the possibility of entering the (non phone) moblie gaming market(1) but have not done so to date so what's keeping them away? Well first it might be the cost of developing a handheld, second would developers be able to aford to develop(3) games for another platform, and thirdly would an XBOX portable be a hit in an already crowded and competative handheld market?
So Microsoft cant handel mobile gaming alone!!! but can the company aford to miss out on the potential profits of this market, and can Microsoft also allow it's bitter rival Sony to have an advantage over it through this sector?
Would it not make sence for Microsoft to do everything (legally!) within in its power to make Sony's NGP fail. As doing this would not only give Sony a financial bloody nose but it could also damage consumers trust in the Playstation brand and Sony's own retail stratagy with investors ahead of the next (8th) generation of home consoles.
So would developing games like Halo, Fable and Banjo-Kazooie through Microsoft game studios on the 3DS platform be a win win move for Microsoft ?
Non Giantbomb Links:
(1) Micosoft talks Xbox handheld (Edge) http://www.next-gen.biz/news/microsoft-talks-xbox-handheld
(2) Halo DS (IGN) http://uk.ds.ign.com/objects/874/874110.html
(3) Development cost story (Develop) http://www.develop-online.net/news/36428/3DS-dev-costs-mirror-Wii-equivalent