Microsoft retains its less than laid-back approach to the competition, and maintains its plans for the Xbox to own your sitting room if an interview with William Gates (chairman of Microsoft Corporation) with The San Jose Mercury’s
Dean Takahashi is to be believed.
Ranging over subjects as diverse as IPTV, and Viva Pinata
Gates was clear and concise in his views on the future of Xbox – and the chances of the other two major platform holders being able to compete.
Let’s start with his views on both in one go:
”Sony has always been our most direct competitor. Nintendo of course is a competitor. But look at the resolution you get with a controlled experience like that. Say to yourself, how in terms of using a game for a long period of time, what kind of accuracy and capability do you want? Look at the classic Nintendo positioning. Look at the graphics. Look at Nintendo’s execution in terms of online capability.”
OK, so game-player Bill doesn’t rate the Wii then? What about the rest of Nintendo?
” Do you expect Nintendo to rev up a team to create cross-device gaming and tool kits to develop those things? Not very likely. We clearly think that Nintendo did some things right.”
What about PlayStation 3?
” They were going to have the Cell be the video processor. But they didn’t know what they were doing. ”
Ouch! But there’s more:
” They took their year and burned it by not having a decent CPU strategy and then turning to Nvidia at the last minute… but Nvidia can’t do embedded DRAM. Go look at the bandwidth problems.”
But it’s good to know that officially, Bill’s a gamer,
“In my household, everybody plays Viva Pinata.”
What about your own console then, Bill?:
“ We wanted to be the guy with the small box that costs less. We wanted to have the most games. We wanted to play to our software strength, and tools and online. We wanted to swap positions with Sony. We wanted to not be a year late, not be a big box, not be a more expensive box. How are we doing on that?”
And the Xbox's future with all the IPTV hype?:
“In an IPTV environment, there is no reason to put anything down on a hard disk because you created a broadband infrastructure that has enough capacity to stream individual video streams to everybody on the network. We don’t need to change [Xbox 360] at all to do the IPTV thing.
“There is enough uncertainty about who wants PC coming down in the living room and Xbox coming up that I don’t mind them meeting and even overlapping as long as the point system, the user interface, the development tools – as long as we get this incredible alignment. The name spaces are the same. Your gamertag is the same on those two things.”
Source for the full interview: San Jose Mercury News