...and quickly. Whilst Sony continue to struggle in bringing PS3 to market, I believe a deal such as this could help significantly drive sales of the Xbox 360 in Japan.
Microsoft would inherit an awful lot of valuable IP, both long-term franchises as well as emerging properties. Of course the most noticeable impact would be for gamers on non-Microsoft platforms. On the positive side I think it would greatly contribute to Sega's equilibrium, giving them a single console to focus their efforts on once more. Sega have made some questionable releases in recent months, and I can't help feeling that they're trying to cast as wide a net as possible to help the company stay 'in the black.' But that's just my personal interpretation of why Sega would release such lacklustre titles.
So there you have it. Just an idle thought really, but the possibilities certainly are interesting. What with Sega kicking around the business markets on and off since they ditched their console business, it's not entirely unfeasible either.
What do you think? Could buying Sega really change Microsoft's fortunes in the Japanese market? Or is it already a case of "too little, too late" for the Xbox franchise in the Far East?