Microsoft Looking To Acquire Several Japanese Publishers?

Meanwhile, the Redmond-based company is trying to change a feature of the Xbox Series.


Xbox boss Phil Spencer recently told Squawk Asia that Microsoft, with its essentially bottomless wallet (suffice to say Windows and Office…), has not stopped making acquisitions because it wants to play a significant role in the games industry, so it plans to buy more studios so it can compete: “Sony is a larger business than we are in gaming today, and they continue to invest. It’s a highly, highly competitive market. We strive to be a major player. We want to deliver great content for our players. And we’re going to remain active [with acquisitions].”

Imran Khan, an insider, has speculated that he believes Microsoft has enquired to major Japanese publishers about the possibility of an acquisition. Still, it is not known how far they have taken the talks. The Xbox Series (especially the S model) has succeeded in Japan, and Game Pass encourages the company to buy publishers. The service could go the way of Netflix: licensing and content-related costs will be so high that it will be more advantageous for Microsoft to acquire them. It’s not out of the question that SEGA is one of their targets, as they already have a collaboration there, but Square Enix might not be ruled out either.

Meanwhile, Quick Resume on Xbox Series allows you to “quick save” games and suspend them to resume them later in a few seconds, but not all of them support it (especially titles that require an online server connection). PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, FIFA and Halo Infinite are a few examples of struggling games after Quick Resume.

A user raised it on Twitter: GabeTC doesn’t understand why this feature can’t be turned off. After using Quick Resume, an online game is unusable and has to be restarted. Spencer responded to it: he thinks it’s a reasonable request and will put it on the list of things Microsoft wants to address.

Source: PSL, VGC

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