Chris Early, studio manager for Microsoft Casual Games Group, would like to see some good ideas coming from competitors' online services... so that Microsoft can copy them.
When asked whether competing online gaming services were following the same “road-map” as Microsoft, Early said:
"I don’t think we’re on the same road-map, no. I think every service will be slightly different, and that’s the beauty of competition. Over time I hope they do discover things that are great that we can appropriate as well."
When asked if Sony or Nintendo has exposed any gaps in Xbox Live, he said:
"Well, I know that we do our best to keep track of what’s going on, though I think we’re operating on a slightly different road-map – we know where we’re heading with the Live service, and we have a vision for what we’re delivering to customers and so far we’re staying pretty true to that. I think in some areas, we’re actually seeing reinforcement from some of what’s happening on the other services."
That last comment might ring a bell to eagle-eyed observers. Earlier in the month Microsoft's group product manager for Xbox and Xbox Live, Aaron Greenberg, said of Sony
, “...the fact that they are investing online validates what we believe is really important to the space and to grow gaming… they're saying that it does matter”. SPOnG thinks its lovely, the way Microsoft keeps seeing Sony giving it props.
It will be interesting to see whether similar comments about Valve start emerging from the upper echelons of Microsoft when Steam V2.0
hits the world of online gaming.Source: Gamasutra