Normally we don’t report on these kinds of corporate acquisitions but because of Microsoft’s position in the video game industry, we just couldn’t pass this one up. For the past few weeks analysts we’re eyeing a joint venture by both Google and Facebook to purchase the internet conferencing service known as Skype for as much as 4 – 5 billion dollars. As things got closer to looking like a done deal, Microsoft comes out of nowhere and purchases the company with it’s 170 million connected user base for a cool 8.5 billion (it’s good to be Microsoft). So what does it mean for gaming?
Well it doesn’t really mean much for ‘gaming’ per se, but it does add more value to the Xbox 360 and it’s repertoire of services. In the press release sent out this morning by the Redmond Washington based company, it was stated that products both within and outside of Microsofts ecosystem will benefit from the purchase, but more specifically the Kinect was mentioned by name. I guess it’s safe to say that the days are numbered for Kinect’s current video conferencing software.
For two years now at CES we’ve seen TV manufacturers incorporating Skype into their products, but now I wouldn’t be surprised if next year we saw TVs with integrated Kinects. I’m certain we will hear all about this at E3 in the coming weeks. Make sure to tune in during the MS conference which we we will be live blogging for you all!