Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram One of the forces underlying our society is family. We share mutual obligations with our loved ones, but I want to talk about how families help their kids buy their first home and the ways in which the Big Four banks try to undermine this tradition. Anyone who’s tried to get a mortgage lately would have run head-long into the tightened lending criteria – a stringency the banks can get away with because in the absence of competition, the Big Four now account for nine out of ten new mortgages. Specifically, you might have noticed the toughened rules about deposits and where they came from. None of the big banks are currently accepting gifted money from family as evidence of ‘genuine’ savings. So, you can be earning $80,000 and have every ability to repay a modest mortgage, but if your deposit was gifted by family, it won’t be counted as savings. Given the amount of wealth in the Baby Boomer generation, it seems like an extraordinary rule to apply to the mortgages of their kids. And when you compare this policy to the latest Housing Affordability survey, it’s almost unbelievable. In the June quarter HIA-Commonwealth Bank survey of Housing Affordability, relative affordability had deteriorated by 32 per cent on the same time the year before. And Sydney’s affordability fell the most. We’re out of the worst of the global financial crisis, but a year on, housing affordability has fallen by one-third. Why the banks have chosen this time to tighten the famous Australia lending criteria, is a mystery. After all, our conservative lending criteria was already the reason that Australia missed the worst of the GFC. But as housing affordability reaches its lowest point in years, the banks are making it harder. They can do this because they work as an oligopoly: where big business corners an industry and runs it at the prices that suit them, and competition goes out the window. Fifteen years ago, I started a mortgage lender called Wizard Home Loans and together with Aussie and Rams, we forced the banks to reduce the margins on their mortgages and increase their product flexibility. This week, my new company – Yellow Brick Road – introduced a mortgage product called First Step that will assess gifted money as genuine savings. Having found that the most important measure of a borrower is the ability to service the loan and a stable work/income history, we didn’t see the need to exclude deposits deriving from family gifts. It’s a First Step, but a small one. Oligopoly only breaks down when businesses challenge it, and I expect other non-bank lenders to start offering new mortgage products over the next six months. Now it’s over to the consumers.Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. Email Mark on [email protected] or check www.ybr.com.au for your nearest branch.
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0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now. Cloud streaming: complement, not competition, to next-gen consolesMicrosoft’s decision to bundle xCloud as part of Games Pass Ultimate is the smartest decision anyone has made in cloud streaming so farRob FaheyContributing EditorFriday 17th July 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareWhile the list of things we don’t know about the next-gen consoles has been growing mercifully short in recent months, there remain some pretty huge gaps in that landscape. Some of those open questions pertain to the console launches themselves, starting obviously enough with how much it’s all going to cost. Others, however, are broader questions about the strategies being pursued by the platform holders and other major players in the industry, and how they’re going to shape the industry’s business models and the experiences of players over the coming five to ten years. This question is more salient in the upcoming generation than in the past few, because this is the first generation in some time where the rival companies are really articulating different visions of the future. Success or failure in recent console generations has largely come down to a question of valence; the major firms were all promising to do broadly the same things, so the winner was the company that did those things most competently and effectively. There’s no bigger wildcard in the deck for next-gen consoles than the role of game streaming This time around there are a lot of different possible futures in the mix, and I’d argue that there’s no bigger wildcard in the deck than the role of game streaming. Both Microsoft (with xCloud) and Sony (with PlayStation Now) have embraced the notion of game streaming to some extent, while industry giants NVIDIA and Google are both also pitching for a slice of this as-yet-hypothetical market with GeForce Now and Stadia respectively. Amazon, the world’s largest cloud services provider, will probably also want in at some point, perhaps once all of its efforts in the gaming space stop resulting in some form of public tripping over its own feet.The question that remains entirely up in the air is where on earth streaming sits alongside all of the other technologies, platforms and services that make up the infrastructure of modern video games. The initial assumption — which still seems to lie at the heart of the thinking of some of streaming’s most fervent ideologues — was that the model would replace our existing ways of delivering and playing games just as completely and seamlessly as video streaming has replaced DVD rental. Consoles and their ilk would be removed from the equation entirely in favour of thin software clients on low-powered hardware devices that would stream games from powerful silicon stacked up in data centres. xCloud always seemed like a more sensible take on the role streaming could play in the future of gaming This vision never entirely made sense to me; powerful computing devices get cheaper and smaller and more ubiquitous by the year, to the point where a majority of consumers in the developed world now have a couple of devices more than capable of playing pretty high-spec video games. That’s not quite the same as owning a dedicated games console, of course, but it illustrates the point that the evolution of cheaper, faster, better consumer technology, often far outstripping the evolution of cheaper, faster, better network connectivity, hardly seems to be a context that screams for local processing to be replaced entirely with something on the end of a broadband connection.Microsoft’s xCloud initiative, which is currently in beta, always seemed like a more moderate and sensible take on the role streaming could play in the future of gaming. Rather than being an attempt to replace powerful consoles or gaming PCs, it is positioned as a kind of filling that goes into the spaces between those devices — a way to engage with games on your phone, your laptop, or some other device you have with you at a time when it’s not possible or convenient to play a game on a console. With Game Pass now and even stronger proposition, the question is what Sony plans to do with PlayStation NowThat makes an enormous amount of sense. The possibilities it opens up are enormous, especially for future games which actively seek to take advantage of this kind of play-anywhere paradigm, and it allows streaming to function as an extension of consumers’ existing experiences rather than an attempt to replace something that’s actually working pretty well already.The one thing that didn’t seem to fit together in this scenario — the puzzle piece that just wouldn’t slide into place — was the business model. The appeal of being able to stream a game to your phone or other device when you’re not around your console is clear enough, but convincing consumers to pay a subscription for that functionality always seemed like a hell of an uphill struggle. That makes Microsoft’s announcement this week that xCloud isn’t actually going to be a separate service at all, and will instead be part and parcel of the Game Pass Ultimate service, into something of a eureka moment. As with several aspects of the next generation, we end up looking to Sony for a response rather than a lead Game Pass is already an incredibly important part of the value proposition of Xbox, and making xCloud into part of that is a great example of that so often roughly abused term, “synergy”. The cloud service adds extra value to the Game Pass library of games, making them easier to access and play in more places. That library, in turn, gives meaning to xCloud and shifts its role in consumers’ eyes from being a hard-to-justify standalone service to being a potentially crucial part of Xbox’s premium offering.It goes without saying, I guess, that this isn’t the streaming future that technology advocates have dreamed of. There will be some people for whom streaming being reduced to a “snack between meals” will be a bitter disappointment, and the much grander aspirations of something like Google Stadia will continue to find adherents as a consequence. For now, though, Microsoft’s decision to turn xCloud into a component of its broader Game Pass strategy is by far the most realistic and promising move any firm has made with game streaming technology — a move that fully acknowledges the limitations of streaming, both commercial and technological, while still keeping the door open to the opportunities and benefits it can provide down the line.It remains to be seen how other players — and potential players — in the game streaming sector will respond to this move. It’s arguably a splash of cold water on the plans of other companies; Game Pass with xCloud built in is a value proposition that few of them are in a position to rival even if they wanted to. Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games As with several other aspects of the run-up to the next generation, we end up looking to Sony for a response rather than a lead. The firm hasn’t been forthcoming about how it sees PlayStation Now fitting into its next-gen plans, and while there’s some potential to the notion of a kind of “retro” service that allows people to access the extensive PlayStation back-catalogue over streaming, for example, it’s not clear whether there’s really an audience for that independently of the existing audience for PlayStation Plus. This suggests that a similar merger of services could well be in the future on Sony’s side of town as well.At least with this announcement, one more piece of the puzzle slides into place. Streaming is absolutely going to be a part of the next generation of gaming, but it takes its place as a cautious evolution rather than the revolutionary overthrow of local processing power some few had expected. In many ways, though, this is a more exciting possibility; by making streaming into a feature a large proportion of users will have access to, it allows developers to think about how to leverage that remarkable new portability in the plans for their next-gen titles, rather than merely treating it as a headache of how to make their existing titles playable with bad input lag and video encoding artifacts. Perhaps, as something complementary to consoles rather than something seeking their overthrow, streaming might deliver a minor revolution of sorts after all.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. 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