UPDATE: Microsoft Chief of Staff for Devices and Studios Group Aaron Greenberg commented in a quite clear cut way:
Ridiculous, cannot believe people would even believe something like this.
Of course, even if it was true, we couldn’t really expect him or anyone else at Microsoft to confirm it before a deal was signed, as this kind of things are never publicly disclosed beforerhand. That said, we have no reason to disbelieve what Greenberg said, as Dodd himself followed up specifying that it’s just a rumor he heard within the industry and that developers are talking about it, so I’d peg its credibility at a rather low level for the moment, as it’s second hand information.
The original article is below:
Industry insider Pete Dodd has a pretty good track record with his sources, and today he dropped something quite interesting: according to him Microsoft is in talks with Amazon to transfer the property of the Xbox One division to the giant online retail corporation.
Two things. Titanfall launch show with @geoffkeighley. Have you announced that yet? Also, xbox bought by Amazon? Bookmark this.
The latter isn’t even close to done. If it gets finished at all. But, that’s the scuttlebutt. Do with it what you may.
Microsoft is looking to dump xbox. Amazon is looking for gaming assets. Talks have started.
The Titanfall launch show with Geoff Keighley is definitely believable, considering he’s working on a Final Hours feature on the game.
The purchase of the Xbox division by Amazon is something I’ll take with a sizable pinch of salt. It’s true that there have been insistent rumors lately from prominent insider and press sources on a possible spin-off of the Xbox One division, but it definitely generates profits at the moment. Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter defined the possibility “dumb and dumber.” We’ll have to wait and see who will be proven right in the end.