Peter Moore: Xbox Hard Drive Killed Us

Plus: Hard drive killed the Xbox

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Peter Moore
Peter Moore
Speaking in the third part of an interview Peter Moore, now head of EA Sports and one-time Xbox boss, has stated that the reason Microsoft dropped the original Xbox was the hard drive. “The hard drive in every Xbox killed us; we we're still selling it at $199 and the hard drive was like $70. That's why we prematurely left the original Xbox, because the more we were selling – there was still great demand – it was killing us, and there was no way to bring the price down”, he said.

Moore also discussed divisions in Microsoft over the decision to move into gaming. “There was a vocal minority that disagreed with videogames as a cultural phenomenon – the content we were doing – we did M rated, we did allow GTA to be published on the platform and I had no issues with that… and then the drain on the company's stock price, because we were a multi-billion dollar investment group and it had an impact on the stock price”, he uttered

Moore did say of the financial aspect of the Xbox business - "And the [profit and loss forecasts] of what we were doing would absolutely make your hair curl."

You can see the full interview over on The Guardian's website. For more on Rare, see SPOnG's recent Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts preview and Viva Piñata: Pocket Paradise review.

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Comments

SuperSaiyan4 17 Sep 2008 13:30
1/8
I used to look up to this guy as the best spokesperson ever now looks like the evil of EA has hit his veins and he is coming out with all sorts of crap.
Daz 17 Sep 2008 13:43
2/8
or maybe your love of MS has blinded you to the truth, remember, De Nial is not just a river in Egypt
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Joji 17 Sep 2008 13:46
3/8
MS, you should have got some gamers advice and saved more money.
tyrion 17 Sep 2008 14:31
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Joji wrote:
MS, you should have got some gamers advice and saved more money.

Who the hell is Peter Moore trying to kid? When during the life of the XBox, never mind at the end of its life, did an 8GB hard drive cost $70?? In bulk? To Microsoft?
SuperSaiyan4 17 Sep 2008 16:00
5/8
Actually it was a 10gb hard drive but 8gb was available lol

But that was back then and I guess sorcing obsolete technology does cost more than new and I will enver understand why still Microsoft who uses conventional laptop hard drives are using obsolete sized hard drives.
schnide 17 Sep 2008 16:39
6/8
SuperSaiyan4 wrote:
Actually it was a 10gb hard drive but 8gb was available lol

But that was back then and I guess sorcing obsolete technology does cost more than new and I will enver understand why still Microsoft who uses conventional laptop hard drives are using obsolete sized hard drives.


DO NOT QUESTION THE GREAT M$, HERETIC!
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SuperSaiyan4 17 Sep 2008 16:58
7/8
schnide wrote:
SuperSaiyan4 wrote:
Actually it was a 10gb hard drive but 8gb was available lol

But that was back then and I guess sorcing obsolete technology does cost more than new and I will enver understand why still Microsoft who uses conventional laptop hard drives are using obsolete sized hard drives.


DO NOT QUESTION THE GREAT M$, HERETIC!
.


My apologies! Please fogive me oh great...Hey hang on a sec!! Noooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!
OptimusP 17 Sep 2008 20:45
8/8
SuperSaiyan4 wrote:
schnide wrote:
SuperSaiyan4 wrote:
Actually it was a 10gb hard drive but 8gb was available lol

But that was back then and I guess sorcing obsolete technology does cost more than new and I will enver understand why still Microsoft who uses conventional laptop hard drives are using obsolete sized hard drives.


DO NOT QUESTION THE GREAT M$, HERETIC!
.


My apologies! Please fogive me oh great...Hey hang on a sec!! Noooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!

We found a witch! May we burn her?!
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