Pachter: third-party Xbox 360s “too expensive”and not likely

Xbox 360 logo - Image 1When Microsoft dropped hints of something earth-shaking, some people interpreted it as a prelude to the company allowing third-party manufacturers to use Xbox 360 technology. Analyst Michael Pachter, however, is not buying into all this and says such a move is too expensive and not likely. Full story after the jump.

Xbox 360 - Image 1 Rumors have been going around lately that Microsoft may soon allow third-party manufacturers to use Xbox 360 technology and merge it with other devices to expand its functionality. While the buzz is far from confirmed, Wedbush Morgan analyst has already expressed doubts as to how feasible such a radical change in business models is.

Essentially, Pachter called this setup “too expensive.” He then said the plan doesn’t seem too likely to fall through, unless Microsoft and its partners are ready for some big risks.

“I think it may be possible as a way to penetrate more difficult markets like Japan, but don’t really see how it would work in practice in other markets,” he explains.

He adds “to add 360 functionality to another consumer electronics device, such as a Blu-ray player, the manufacturer would incur relatively significant additional cost. That would place the hybrid device at a disadvantage.”

Certainly, a lot of pre-E3 rumors have been going around and Microsoft’s hints of something earth-shaking to be announced at the show are fanning the flames. We guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Via Games Industry

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