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Microsoft Buyout of Ailing Sony Possible 363

imashoe writes "BonaFideReviews has published an interesting article stating that a Microsoft buyout of Sony is quite possible sometime in the not-so-far future. From the article: 'All this added up, you have to ask yourself. Will the next Playstation you purchase post-PS3 run a Microsoft operating system and have backwards compatibility for PS1 PS2 PS3 Xbox and Xbox360? Putting your rabid love for Sony aside, this doesn't seem as far fetched as it once did, when the Sony name wasn't covered in enough red tape to fill the Grand Canyon.'"
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  • by Ohreally_factor ( 593551 ) on Saturday April 08, 2006 @09:09AM (#15090454) Journal
    Idiots! Get your idioms straight. Are the slashdot idiotors native English speakers?
    • I am *not* a grammar Nazi.

      But that article was horrible. 'Thrown' instead of 'throne', a bunch of they're/there mistakes. 'Hurtle'?

      I am starting to see the advantages of the print media- at least they had editors.
      • by kfg ( 145172 )
        On the other hand, depending on your gaming politics, some of the mistakes are deliciously ironic. Take the very first sentence as an example:

        "Like many of you, it's hard for me to remember a time when the word "Playstation" was synonymous with gaming."

      • Stay tuned for the largest train wreck in console history.
        Stay tuned for the largest train wreck in article history.

        Fixed that for the author.
      • To instead of too... but more importantly, lots of sentences that took some puzzling out. Bad grammar makes you sound uneducated, but this guy's was so bad it was hard to figure out exactly what he was trying to say.
      • Credibility (Score:5, Insightful)

        by vethia ( 900978 ) on Saturday April 08, 2006 @01:48PM (#15091505)
        Completely aside from the subject and content, it's hard to give this article much credibility when it reads like a remedial English paper. If a writer is attempting to express his opinion, especially in such a belligerent fasion, it behooves him to have a strong command of the English language. Reading an article filled with so many errors does not make me inclined to agree with the author; on the contrary, it makes me inclined to question his judgement and intelligence.

        If this article had been written more thoughtfully, I might have said he had some points worth considering, but as it is I find them easy to dismiss. If the author doesn't care enough to check over his own work or isn't bright enough to see the numerous glaring mistakes, I can't help but think that his analysis is equally careless.
    • by Ohreally_factor ( 593551 ) on Saturday April 08, 2006 @09:15AM (#15090465) Journal
      My apologies. The idiotor saw fit to merely present an excerpt of the story, so the unhappy turn of phrase wasn't CN's.
    • If 30 seconds of reading can turn up these sorts of mistakes, the only explanations for errors in the article summary text are laziness or incompetence.
    • Idiots! Get your idioms straight. Are the slashdot idiotors native English speakers?

      You can go on correcting some people until the cows come home to roost - and they just never learn

  • Rabid love (Score:5, Funny)

    by wahgnube ( 557787 ) <> on Saturday April 08, 2006 @09:10AM (#15090455) Homepage Journal
    What "rabid love for Sony" are we talking about here? Don't we all hate Sony?

    Or is that different on Saturdays? Hmm.

    • It's rabid love for Sony in connection with game consoles (after all, you can run Linux on the PS2 and we all love Linux) and rabid hate for Sony in connection with music and movies (DRM, UMD, weird proprietary connectors for apparent reason other than annoying people).
      • Re:Rabid love (Score:5, Insightful)

        by rblancarte ( 213492 ) on Saturday April 08, 2006 @03:38PM (#15091963) Homepage
        Is it just me, or outside the horrible grammar and such, is this article making the mistake that Sony is ONLY the Playstation line of game consoles? If I go to Sony's web page, I see a ton of things that have little to do with gaming (directly) - Stereos, Walkmans, TVs, etc. How can these guys say that Sony is "Ailing"?

        Sony has been around way too long (60 years this May 7th []) for one simple launch will kill these guys. That is like saying that Itanium would kill Intel. Just short sighted reporting.

        IMHO, what this is is nothing more than Just Another ailing Tech Site that is trying to bump up their hits by posting some crazy article that speculates some crazy stuff and then get it on a site that will generate some traffic. Hell, the name of the guy who reported this is a freaking LINK to that crappy sites front page.

        Now that I see this - this is bogus, nothing but what I said, trying to boost readership at the expense of slashdoters.

        • Re:Rabid love (Score:3, Informative)

          by Anonymous Coward
          If I go to Sony's web page, I see a ton of things that have little to do with gaming (directly) - Stereos, Walkmans, TVs, etc. How can these guys say that Sony is "Ailing"?

          And that's just the hardware side of the business. Don't forget that as well as Sony Electronics there's Sony Music and Sony Pictures.

          To quote from Sony Corporation Of America's website [] (not Sony Japan, not Sony Europe, etc.)

          Revenue for last fiscal (ending March 31, 2005):

          Sony Corporation: $67b
          Music Group: $2.3b
          Pictures Group: $6.9b
    • by Directrix1 ( 157787 ) on Saturday April 08, 2006 @09:23AM (#15090494)
      I would describe my attitude towards Sony as rabid love relative to my attitude toward's Microsoft.
      • Amazingly, Sony has been so evil recently that I actually wouldn't! Just like Apple switching to Intel, I didn't think it was possible 'till it happened.
    • And people say Americans don't understand sarcasm...
  • Article (Score:3, Funny)

    by Wellington Grey ( 942717 ) on Saturday April 08, 2006 @09:11AM (#15090456) Homepage Journal
    From the article: Stay tuned for the largest train wreck in console history.

    Seems like he's really positive on the idea.

    -Grey []
  • Anti-Trust (Score:2, Insightful)

    by y86 ( 111726 )

    This would be a major anti-trust issue. Then Microsoft would own almost the entire console market.

    It's true nintendo is around... but it is such a small share holder in the industry.

    If Nintendo's "Revoltion" does well, this could happen, if not, i doubt it.

    • Re:Anti-Trust (Score:4, Insightful)

      by bsane ( 148894 ) on Saturday April 08, 2006 @09:31AM (#15090516)
      Its only an illegal monopoly if they use their posistion to stop competition. There's nothing that says they can't be the only one producing consoles...
      • Its only an illegal monopoly if they use their posistion to stop competition. There's nothing that says they can't be the only one producing consoles...

        Even if MS bought out Sony, they would still have to worry about competition from these guys []
      • Re:Anti-Trust (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Kjella ( 173770 )
        Its only an illegal monopoly if they use their posistion to stop competition. There's nothing that says they can't be the only one producing consoles...

        Whatever. I don't think anti-trust laws do any good when Microsoft can use their Windows monopoly to ship "free" (read: subsidized by Windows sales) software which come preinstalled on all Windows machines. Or when they can offer such cuts on "MS-only" shops that it is cheaper to pay a Microsoft tax on all machines than to actually pay for what you ship. If
        • Re:Anti-Trust (Score:3, Insightful)

          by bsane ( 148894 )
          I don't think anti-trust laws do any good...

          I didn't mean to imply otherwise. Antitrust laws obviously don't work under the current administration since MS lost the trial and then the DOJ essentially asked for the case to be dropped.

          Hopefully the reason for dropping the case is the one you state. The other reasons aren't as happy.
      • Its only an illegal monopoly if they use their position to stop competition.

        You mean like taking a $4 billion dollar loss in the console market to wreck their competitors? No, nothing anti-competitive there.

    • Sony isn't just Playstation. It's content as well.

      They would own Sony Pictures, Sony Music, BD-DVD, home entertainment appliances.

      That would put MS exactly where they want to be. In the living room and own content.
      There are no MS Televisions, Web-tv (oops, MSN-TV) and Media Center are niche markets, and nobody understands or cares about "Plays for sure". With a brand name that takes care of all of that already entrenched, that positions them right where they want to be.
      • Re:Anti-Trust (Score:3, Insightful)

        by jcr ( 53032 )
        nobody understands or cares about "Plays for sure".

        I beg to differ. I think most people understand that "plays for sure" means "doesn't work with your iPod."

    • Re:Anti-Trust (Score:2, Insightful)

      by McFadden ( 809368 )
      Personally I think a Microsoft buyout of Sony would be the best thing that could happen to Nintendo. Their credability and brand identity would really stand out as the only alternative to the Microsony behemoth instead of their current weak third position in western markets (obviously I'm talking consoles, not handhelds).
  • by Gothmolly ( 148874 ) on Saturday April 08, 2006 @09:13AM (#15090459)
    Firstly, Sony makes more products than the PSP. In case you didn't know that.
    Secondly, why do we all have a "rabid hate" for Sony? They make excellent midrange CD players, for instance. I have an actual Walkman from back in the day, which still works.

    The "news" slant would be something like "Wow, this article says that MS might by Sony".

    Apparently the "accept trollish submission text" method is what we have here.
    • by Ohreally_factor ( 593551 ) on Saturday April 08, 2006 @09:17AM (#15090477) Journal
      why do we all have a "rabid hate" for Sony?

      DRM rootkits.

      Where have you been?
      • Don't forget Star Wars Galaxies. And Everquest I/II depending on how jaded you've become.
        • Those are both products of Sony Online Entertainment, a subsidiary of Sony Movies, which is an entertainment branch that is almost entirely unrelated to their electronics division.

          Just an FYI; Sony's corporate structure is aggressively divided. It makes for no surprise that the different groups often end up at odds with each other.
      • by wfberg ( 24378 ) on Saturday April 08, 2006 @09:28AM (#15090508)
        why do we all have a "rabid hate" for Sony?

        DRM rootkits.

        Also, The NeverEnding Format Wars (MemoryStick, BlueRay, etc.), PS3 Delays And High Price (Save Up Suckers), MP3 Players That Really Only Play ATRAC, Trying To Get Us To Buy MD Even Though We Told Them A Zillion Times That Tape Sucks Come On Philips Dumped Their Digital Tape Ages Ago, and last but not least Every Kind Of Hardware They Make Except For Playstation Is Being Made By Some Other Taiwanes Or Korean Company For Less Money And Higher Quality.

        They're a company in decline.
        • Those examples certainly add up, but even taken together, they've got nothing on the rootkit fiasco.

        • Secure Digital and xD is just a proprietary as Memory Stick. Why does everyone blame SONY for disagreeing on formats?

          Oh BTW, MiniDisc is a great recording format. It just never took off as a distribution format in the United States. Sony's previous market introduction was too successfull ... the Compact Audio Disc.

    • Sony made great products. They made the best walkmen. They made some of the best VCR for a KILLER price.

      Now they rely on their name to squeeze out mediocre hardware that suffers dearly from incompatibility and DRM.
    • by Ilgaz ( 86384 )
      People should take a tour in a TV studio or movie studio and see the "real" Sony empire.

      If you are in business, it looks real funny when you read things like "Sony can't sell iPod things, they are doomed".

      There is "Sony" involved somehow in the production. Always.

      They should start to advertise the "Professional" Sony to end users/customers so they don't get false impressions. There are people thinking "betacam" or "digital betacam" has something to do with beta video tapes :)

      (beta was better of course!) :)

  • by LiquidCoooled ( 634315 ) on Saturday April 08, 2006 @09:14AM (#15090462) Homepage Journal
    If MS bought out Sony, the rootkits could become undetectable just like the current US gov ones built into Windows ;)
  • Huh? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward
    Does anyone at Microsoft know anything at all about running a consumer electronics company? Okay, they've tried to enter the field in a very narrow area with X-Box but does anyone seriously think that gives them the experience they'd need? This sounds like insanity. They have enough problems in their own markets.
    • They have enough problems in their own markets.

      We should all have Microsoft's problems. No debt. Forty billion or so in spare change. A 90% share in our core markets.

  • by Vandil X ( 636030 ) on Saturday April 08, 2006 @09:14AM (#15090464)
    Sony has held the all mighty hardware thrown for an astounding eleven years at the time of writing this.

    I'm sorry, but with an error like that in the second sentence, I'm guessing the author is not an informed source and likely not an authority on predicting future console market trends.
    • Sony has held the all mighty hardware thrown for an astounding eleven years at the time of writing this.

      I, for one, am interested in seeing this piece of hardware which was thrown 11 years. I mean, was it thrown forwards in time? Backwards? Is Sony sitting on some really cool hardware from 2017?

      More details dammit!
  • Seems unlikely (Score:4, Insightful)

    by metamatic ( 202216 ) on Saturday April 08, 2006 @09:16AM (#15090472) Homepage Journal
    Acquisition isn't typically the way Microsoft operates. They prefer to license the key pieces of technology that they want, and they only do that when they think they won't get away with simply copying them.
    • While I do agree with the general consensus that this is BS, your assertion that M$ does not work via aquisition is way off base. There were something like 58 aquisition and a couple hundred major investments in the last 10 years. You can see them here [].
      • Thanks for the stats, you illustrate my point exactly.

        Microsoft typically invests in companies, in return for licenses to use their technology. They don't typically buy entire companies, certainly not ones the size of Sony that have a diverse product line.
  • by The Ape With No Name ( 213531 ) on Saturday April 08, 2006 @09:19AM (#15090483) Homepage
    They make all kinds of stuff, including this new handheld digital recording gizmo our department bought for doing ethnographic interviews. It is totally fly and it fills a niche (midrange price/high quality) that we couldn't do otherwise because its competing devices are 10 grand.

    If M$ buys the console part of Sony, so be it. But I doubt that even Microsoft can absorb something as big as Sony. Sure, they may have the cash on hand, but that is a really, really large operation.
    • Sony has an enormous cultural hurdle to overcome for any buyer. Just ask the guys at BMG who get told to effectively mind their own business on the record label side of things. Having the cash to buy a piece of Sony is probably only 5% of the battle. The other 95% would be trying to integrate with a company who's management is very antagonistic to any outside "interference".
  • by Zweideutig ( 900045 ) on Saturday April 08, 2006 @09:19AM (#15090486)
    In my humble opinion, Microsoft won't be continuing the PlayStation gaming console and the Xbox if they acquire Sony. It makes more sense to combine the merits of both consoles into one that combines the market share to put a serious force against Nintendo. If Microsoft were to buy out Sony, I see a lot of change happening. The Sony VAIO laptop and desktop computer lines would likely be spun off into a different company like IBM did. The Sony name could be used to sell a competitor of the iPod that runs some portable Windows CE-like OS. Sony's music and movie division would be great for helping Microsoft kill Apple's iTunes. Direct control over the label allows Microsoft to charge whatever they want (even free like with Internet Explorer, which would effectively kill iTunes.) I see the buyout of Sony a great move for Microsoft, provided they spin-off some things that aren't pertinent to boosting the value of the shares for us stockholders.
  • by Spy Handler ( 822350 ) on Saturday April 08, 2006 @09:22AM (#15090490) Homepage Journal
    Evil + Eviler = Evilest evil ever to do evil??
  • by Rik Sweeney ( 471717 ) on Saturday April 08, 2006 @09:22AM (#15090491) Homepage
    So Microsoft are going to buy Sony, which includes Televisions, DVD Players, Walkmans, their music label, their film label, PlayStation...

    Even if this was true, I expect a purchase would be blocked by one or more governments.
    • Well, they could just buy parts of Sony. I could see MS wanting the Playstation, PSP, personal audio products, maybe even the music and movies divisions. But I agree, this sounds like some fools random speculation, rather than anything even vaguely concrete.
    • "...I expect a purchase would be blocked by one or more governments."

      Why would any government block Microsoft form purchasing a company that does business in arenas that Microsoft doesn't already, especially when there are numerous competitors worldwide? There's a possibility that the EU or US DOJ might get testy and demand that SCEE/SCEA be divested first to keep Microsoft from controlling the Playstation in Europe and the states, but aside from that, Microsoft buying Sony wouldn't really put Microsoft in
  • You forgot the "Laugh, it's funny" logo.
  • by argoff ( 142580 ) on Saturday April 08, 2006 @09:27AM (#15090504)
    The problem is that SONY isn't a software company, or a media company - they are a hardware (electronic device) company. They have alienated a lot of their customers with DRM crap and content controlls and have lost a lot of hardware sales because of it. So now the hardware side of the business is getting weaker, but the content side is getting stronger. Because of that, they will almost certinly impose more DRM crap, piss off more customers, kill more hardware sales and feed a vicious cycle that could kill the whole company.
  • DON'T RTFA. (Score:5, Informative)

    by xigxag ( 167441 ) on Saturday April 08, 2006 @09:33AM (#15090518)
    Just don't. You will want your five minutes back. You were warned.
  • Rabid hate? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by DrXym ( 126579 ) on Saturday April 08, 2006 @09:34AM (#15090522)
    It's not rabid hatred. It's recognition of the fact that Sony has become the most fucked up, schizophrenic, self-destructive company on the corporate landscape. Assuming they get a clue and stop spiking their own (and otherwise high quality) products with intrustive DRM and proprietary formats, there is no reason to assume they will be hated any more. The funny thing is Sony stuff is excellent and attractive, but clueful people aren't going to buy a system which has been crippled when plenty of other manufacturers also make excellent, unencumbered and often cheaper gear.

    An example of how they could get a clue and repair some of the damage they've done to their reputation. A slashdot article a week or so back suggested UMD (for Video) might be on its last legs. This would be a defeat for Sony but they can gain a lot of kudos and a lot sales if they did something when it went bye-bye. That thing is simple - uncripple the PSP. The PSP is already excellent at playing movies, but uncripple it so rippers can use the full display resolution. For extra points Sony could give away something akin to iTunes that helps people rip / convert music & clips but also buy titles online.

    • Sony has become the most fucked up, schizophrenic, self-destructive company on the corporate landscape.

      Nah, that title belongs to GM. Sony has a lot going for it with some great products, and is quite profitable. Sony also has a new CEO who seems to be making some headway in clearing out a lot of the underbrush that is preventing Sony from achieving what it is capable of (which is a LOT more than Microsoft).

  • by willtsmith ( 466546 ) on Saturday April 08, 2006 @09:35AM (#15090527) Journal

    Apple has lots of cash too, but I doubt you'll be seing anyone buying/merging with Sony at all.

    1st it's a Japanese company, and I don't see those guys allowing Americans to come in and wreck their management structure. Second, years of losses does not necessarily equate to going under. Sony is a powerhouse consumer electronics giant that is arguably the leader in the field. GM has been posting record losses lately as well, but do you really think that anyone could buy GM?

    Yes, Sony does have to get those Playstations out the door this year. And when they do, it will be an incredible success regardless of costing $150 more than a stripped down Xbox360. Sony has way too much mindshare out there and tons of fans waiting to buy the machines. Once the PS3 goes out the door the videogames get sold to those rabid fans and thats how Sony makes their money. Oh yeah ... that and they sell all those blu-ray fabs and jump-start blu-ray way past the point where HD-DVD will ever be able to catch up.

    • the moment, their market cap is 12.3 billion. by comparison Apples is 58.6 Billion, and Microsofts is 282.1 billion.

      • We know what the speculators think of GMs near term value. But is the second largest employer in the United States (only recently being eclipsed by Wal-Mart). The brand, the factory and it's assets have tremendous value and they are only a bankruptcy proceeding away from shedding all those pesky pension and healthcare obligations (unfortunately).

        No, GM has lost billions in past years and they will likely lose billions in the future. GM is just to big to fail, they have too many assets and some one will b
  • Last year Sony had $67 billion in sales, MS had $41.4 billion.

  • by jyoull ( 512280 )
    "...when the Sony name wasn't covered in enough red tape to fill the Grand Canyon"

    I've heard of mixing metaphors before, but that's a doozy. It really takes the cake and eats it too. I'm between a rock and a hard place trying to sort out this barrel of monkeys.

    Much obliged to any word wizard out there who can 'splin me the bit about red tape all over the Sony name, and the grand canyon. I mean, tape doesn't take up a lot of space. That'd be a lot of tape. Did the writer mean red ink? Is it environmentally a
  • I don't think I need to comment on the adverse effects of the manufacturer of the Xbox buying out the manufacturer of the Playstation. It wouldn't be a minor thing.

    Such a takeover could certainly be on the cards though, because Sony really is in trouble, for many reasons. (Many of them actually boil down to the old and very buoyant product-oriented "Sony Manufacturing" having been invaded and crippled by the regressive hoards of "Sony Legal". They've destroyed a great company.)

    However, the only way a tak
  • Predictions..... (Score:2, Interesting)

    by hptux06 ( 879970 )
    If the article writer can predict buyouts that will occur in 8 years time, then he must be good enough to tell me next week's lottery numbers, please.
  • by Mike1024 ( 184871 ) on Saturday April 08, 2006 @09:54AM (#15090574)
    First line:

    Like many of you, it's hard for me to remember a time when the word "Playstation" was synonymous with gaming. Sony has held the all mighty hardware thrown for an astounding eleven years at the time of writing this.

    I would have said it's hard to remember a time when the word playstation wasn't synonymous with gaming. After all, Sony has held the console throne for a fair time.

    I'm not sure I agree that a buyout is on the cards myself. If Sony's only product was the playstation, maybe, but look at their financial highlights []; gaming only represents 10% of their income. Would Microsoft want a record label, a film studio or a consumer electronics business?

    Sony's market cap is $48 billion []. Granted, Microsoft might be able to stretch to this, but why not spend a little more and buy Apple for $59 billion []? Apple is in the computer industry, and has the iPod. Seems like a much better purchase to me.

    Just my $0.02,

    • why not spend a little more and buy Apple
      Because then they'd get hit with the "monopoly" label even worse than they already do. I don't believe the same is true of any of the industries in which Microsoft and Sony compete.
    • I work as a proofreader, so that was actually painful to read. I've half a mind to mark it (you scored 92% lern2spell n00b) and email him corrections. And as for the ad links, someone please kill the cretin who thought of that one.
  • by JollyFinn ( 267972 ) on Saturday April 08, 2006 @09:54AM (#15090576)
    Sony does other things than just the playstation consoles, the corporation has over 66 Billion USD worth of sales, the entire console market isn't anywhere near that figure.
    Also sony corporation happens to have huge assets. As for cash flow statements, sony corporation made quite good operating profit they just invested it. So basicly they are probably not interested in selling their self to microsoft, it would be hostile take over probably.
    And this kind of buy out is going to be killed by either japanese or american goverment by monopoly issues.

    Finally the speaking of weak stock price for sony is *bull*. Check out the 10 year graph, if we ignore the bubble spike the stock is relatively high price.

    These fan boys just look the part they understand and assume that part of picture is what matters.
  • uh, no (Score:2, Insightful)

    by buddyglass ( 925859 )
    Contrary to the poster of this article seems to believe, Sony makes more than just Playstations. There's Sony Records and Sony Pictures, but then they also make monitors, laptops, desktops, camcorders, stereos, headphones and medical equipment. Not exactly Microsoft's core business.
  • Anyone remember 2-3 years ago when the Gamecube wasn't doing so hot and everyone thought Nintendo was going to go down the tubes after the DS has a lukewarm reception? Remember the articles suggesting the MS buyout of Nintendo?

    Do we all remember where those rumors went?

    In all fairness to Sony, like most industry rumor rags, this article completely and totally forgets to look at the other Sony divisions. Even if the PS3 is gonna tout a $500 price tag, they can probably afford to sell at a loss for a large
  • Hum, I won't speculate on whether this will happen or not, because there are just too many variables right now.

    but what did strike me when i read it, what were they called in robocop ?

    Omegacorp ? one mega corporation controlling every aspect of your life, was that it ?

    its funny, all we're shown in the movies, with the big corporations controlling our lives, we can see it coming now, not so sci-fi now heh ? is it :)
    • Omni Consumer Products. And they were basically a caricature of American corporations at the time, bloated, plagued with internal politics, and more worried about quantity than quality (recall Dick Jones' rant about the ED-209. "Who cares if it worked?") In fact, by the later additions to the series (the terrible Prime Directives TV movies) OCP was facing a takeover by a Japanese corp.
  • by Opportunist ( 166417 ) on Saturday April 08, 2006 @10:14AM (#15090646)
    1. A Japanese company being bought by an US company. An ELECTRONIC Japanese company. Since buying requires someone else willing to sell, this alone makes it VERY unlikely.

    2. Sony > Playstation. Sony has its fingers in consumer electronics, cellphones, content industry, computers and a few more branches that I can't think of right now.

    3. Antitrust. A direct result of 2., if MS only THOUGHT about buying PARTS of Sony, this would immediately bring the antitrust witchhunters on them. And I doubt MS wants more attention from the feds concerning their monopoly situation, especially in areas like Korea (south) and the EC.

    4. Price. Another result of 2. Sony isn't some local company they scoop up on their road to market domination, I'd guess if anything it would be merger, but not buy-out. And merging would again bring a beehive of antitrust lawyers on them.

    What I can see is an attempt to support the games of other consoles. They might try that, yes. For the simple reason that this IS undoubtedly a killer argument for one console over the other (when you can play PS and XBox games with one, why buy the other one that can play just one of them?).

    But a buy out? Doubt it.
  • Firstly, there are major anti-trust issues here.
    But, even if there werent, there is NO WAY that the japanese government would let a foriegn company like Microsoft buy a company as big as sony.
  • The author has a limited understanding of:
    • Sony's business and products
    • Japanese business culture
    • The English language
    Yes, Microsoft might buy _______ as well. Fill in the bank with what ever you want. I thinking Victoria's Secret.
  • of NOT buying products from BOTH it could be just one that I refuse to buy from. Rootkits and DRM advocacy = boycott for life.

    I hope it happens cause I'd love to see both fail much in the way AOL/TimeWarner are right now. We were scared when it first was announced but now it looks like a huge mistake.

  • I don't think so (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Bueller_007 ( 535588 )
    Check the prices. (This info is from Bloomberg).
    There are 1,001,633,000 Sony Corp shares on the market.
    In order to get controlling interest of the company, Microsoft has to buy 50% plus one. That's 500,816,501.

    Sony stock today is trading at 5,700 yen/share. Total = $24,220,719,970.31
    In August of last year, it was 3,640 yen/share. Total = $15,467,266,788.07

    So in other words, Microsoft could have saved 9 BILLION dollars by buying it last August.

    But I'm no business expert, and I haven't read the article, so e
  • oh great, so now the memory schticks will come with built-in blue screen functionality.

    and a r00tkit, to boot!

  • Nutty idea (Score:5, Insightful)

    by FishandChips ( 695645 ) on Saturday April 08, 2006 @10:42AM (#15090734) Journal
    Why should Microsoft buy Sony when Sony are doing such a good job of knocking themselves out of their own key markets? The PSP3 and BlueRay sound like classic troubled products. Sony's sprawling consumer electronics arm is up against the likes of Samsung these days. And Sony's public profile has been dragged through the mud by the CD rootkit scandal. Microsoft don't ahve to do much more than stand and watch.

    In addition, there would be a serious cultural and probably political offset: the Americanos operating in the heartland of SE Asian electronics. That would go down like a lead balloon in many quarters.

    When you've got $40 billion in the bank, anything can sound like a good buy. Quite why Micrsoft should get into manufacturing cameras and alarm clocks is a bit mystifying. There are many other things they could spend more wisely on, unless Sony goes so tits up that it is sold of piecemeal and bits can be bought separately.
  • How fitting that one evil empire buys another evil company...

    The perfect marriage!!! One could almost say a marriage of reason!!!

  • ....followers gonna do?

    The same thing MS does, boast about something that ain't.
  • root kit (Score:3, Interesting)

    by CaptainPinko ( 753849 ) on Saturday April 08, 2006 @12:15PM (#15091075)
    so now the root kit comes bundled with the OS. No need to purchase a seperate CD. Except in Europe wher bundling is illage.

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