PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series: Is This the Last Generation of Video Game Console Systems?

PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series: Is This the Last Generation of Video Game Console Systems?

As a new generation of game consoles launches many observers are again wondering if this will be the end of the console era. In other words, as games go online, will game hardware, like many consumer electronics products, become a commodity? This question has been asked for years, but now takes on new importance given the strategy of companies like Microsoft that increasingly view game offerings as part of a hardware agnostic service. The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S/X will be in sh.....
Microsoft Flight Simulator Highlights A Bold Microsoft Strategy

Microsoft Flight Simulator Highlights A Bold Microsoft Strategy

Much of the news about Microsoft’s plans for a new video game console system has come out this week.  What is clear is that Microsoft is focused on a service-based subscription model.  However, one of the best indications of where Microsoft is going may be Microsoft Flight Simulator which launched for PC in August. The Flight Simulator franchise has been around since 1982 when Microsoft was using it to promote IBM DOS-based PCs.  In 1996, the franchise moved to Windows.....
Microsoft Throws a Hail Mary with Xbox Series S

Microsoft Throws a Hail Mary with Xbox Series S

The rumors about a watered-down digital only version of the upcoming Microsoft Xbox Series X have been going on for quite some time. In the past few days the details about the system, originally known as Project Lockhart, started to catch fire. Finally, on Tuesday September 8, Microsoft officially announced the rumors were true and a new system the Xbox Series S would launch November 10, 2020. The Xbox Series S will launch at the bargain price of $299. However, the Xbox Series S featur.....
PlayStation 5 Expected to Significantly Outperform Xbox Series X

PlayStation 5 Expected to Significantly Outperform Xbox Series X

In recent months it has become clear that Sony and Microsoft are pursuing two very different strategies in the video game industry.  The likely result is that the upcoming Sony PlayStation 5 should significantly outsell the Microsoft Xbox Series X.  However, Microsoft may have the long-term winning battle plan. The latest DFC Intelligence video game console forecasts have the PlayStation 5 outselling t.....
Game Pass Could Be Microsoft’s Secret Weapon

Game Pass Could Be Microsoft’s Secret Weapon

On Thursday July 23, Microsoft finally revealed some key titles for the upcoming Xbox Series X via its online Xbox Games Showcase. The lineup looks solid, but the most notable feature seems to be the Xbox Game Pass service. The irony for Microsoft is that this service does not necessarily require a consumer to own the upcoming Xbox system. Game Pass is a subscription service that allows subscribers to play over 100 high-end games. The cost is $5 a month for PC game access, $10 a month .....
PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X Release Full Specs

PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X Release Full Specs

While the world is battling coronavirus, gamers received a little excitement last week when both Sony and Microsoft released more detailed specs for their video game console systems.  In this battle of the engineers, the Xbox Series X specs arguably came out on top.  However, long-term DFC still believes the PlayStation 5 will be the best-selling system. For the hardware announcements, marketing and PR departme.....

Will Minecraft RTX Drive Hardware Sales?

Minecraft is one of the most popular video games of all-time.  It is also decidedly low-tech and noted for its blocky graphics.  However, that may be changing as Minecraft looks to become one of the leading franchises for the next generation.  Minecraft RTX will be a major upgrade In May, DFC wrote about how Minecraft was starting to become cool again.  This was after the game seemed to stagna.....
Will it be Sony and Microsoft versus Google and Amazon?

Will it be Sony and Microsoft versus Google and Amazon?

Last week many industry observers were surprised when Sony and Microsoft announced a deal to work together on cloud games/AI and other technology.  This deal was done at the highest level of both companies.  The big question of many observers is whether Sony and Microsoft are teaming up to fight a perceived challenge from newcomers like Google and Amazon? The deal basically has Sony using some of Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform technology to develop game and content streaming serv.....