After shocking news of Google’s acquisition of Sony today, after months of secret negotiations, the Google stock has skyrocketed once merging the Android Google Play Store and the Sony PlayStation Store, and renaming both to “Google PlayStation Store”. The same will be done for the Xbox Live store. Currently the new name of the Google PlayStation Store on the PS4, PS3, and Android is live in most of Europe and India, and it is expected to become live in the U.S. and U.K. at midnight eastern time tonight.
The merger is quite pleasing to the ear, but its smooth-sounding new moniker will have a lot more in store for fans of both Sony and Android – no pun intended. Negotiations for Google to also acquire the other major players in the gaming industry, namely, Microsoft’s Xbox franchise and Nintendo, are currently underway and expected to be completed by end of day today as well.
As can be seen in the chart above provided by the Motley Fool, a financial analyst company which provides financial news and stock charts, Google’s stock skyrocketed today as news of the new mergers and acquisitions hit the news.
Once Google completes its acquisition of Microsoft’s Xbox, it will also merge the Xbox Games Store into the Google PlayStation store, so that all high-quality gamers will have all of their consoles in one place. Google has no plans to merge Nintendo’s gaming market with the PlayStation or Xbox Live store, however.
Instead, in an attempt to monopolize the industry and do so legally by using certain international legal loopholes for the gaming market, Google will be eliminating the competition and migrating all of the Nintendo games, including NES, SNES, N64, Wii, and Wii-U games to all be playable directly through the Google PlayStation Store and Xbox Live store.
A screenshot of the new Google PlayStation Store shows new mobile games ported from the original Nintendo NES, SNES, N64, and Wii. It is expected that these new games should hit the U.S. and the U.K. by midnight EST.
Google will also be porting all of the mobile Nintendo games, including the Classic Game Boy, the Game Boy Advance, and mobile-based Wii-U games, to all be playable on Android devices for a small fee of $1.99 per month. As can be seen in the picture above, for most Android users, early registration for the new Nintendo games is already open.
This is going to create some serious competition for Apple, as iOS devices such as iPhones and iPods will not have the ability to play any Nintendo games. This is great news for Samsung, however, which after the release of the Galaxy S8 in Europe tomorrow, will continue their streak as the largest seller of Android-based devices in the world.
A screenshot of the new Google Playstation Store which will replace the previous Sony PS Store is expected to go live in the U.S. and the U.K. by midnight EST. In this screenshot, classic Nintendo games can be seen which have been ported to PlayStation and Xbox.
For Android users, all Nintendo games will now be available on all Android devices starting at midnight tonight. For PlayStation users, they will see changes in the PS Store which will now be rebranded as “Google PS Store” on the PlayStation XMB, and Xbox Users will see a similar reflection when logging into their Xbox account which will be rebranded as “Google Xbox Store” at midnight tonight.
What do you think of the new Google acquisition of Sony, Nintendo, and formerly Microsoft’s Xbox? Do you think this was a wise move? Are you happy that Google has migrated all Nintendo games to other consoles and mobile devices? What do you think will be the implications of Google’s new monopoly in the gaming industry? Share your thoughts below.