A podcast on Dutch site Bashers sent to us by a reader shows that Paul Naber, Director Home & Entertainment Division at Microsoft Netherlands does not have a high opinion of Sony's support of Move.
During the interview, Naber says, "I'm convinced that Move for Sony is, what we call, fudding. Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt. They don't give a shit about Move, but it takes the wind out of Kinects sails, or it could."
Bearing in mind that Mr Naber had previously worked as Sales Manager at PlayStation, his answers bear some weight.
Interviewer, Samuel Hubner Casado apparently then asks, "What Microsoft did with HDDVD?"
To which Naber apparently responds, "Voila! Exactly the same as we did with HDDVD and Blu-Ray. When people are unsure of a new technology, they won't get on board. And that doesn't bother them as far as Move is concerned, because they don't care about it anyway. But if people get on board with Kinect and it's a runaway success, then they'll have Wii on one side, Kinect on the other and of course they will lose."
Naber then continues "Simple, I mean, I still think their response, last year, was "Oh sh*t, Microsoft is onto something, we have to pull something out of the cupboard quickly, let's get developers up there with even stranger lollipops! But if you look at how far along they are, what kind of support they have and things like that... They're launching in September with how many titles? I think it's too vague for words."
Before finishing off with, "Yes, I do worry about it because Sony is very -- I've worked there for five years! I know what they do! Dropping the price even though there's no stock, why? Because you know your competitor will stop selling. They are really good at that, at Fudding."
Mr Naber then follows up his podcast comments with written comments to the podcast as follows:
"The future will tell if Sony is serious about Move or that they really use as FUD. To date, the retailers in NL enormously to talk about our strategic approach Kinect around and they're, like, surprised at the complete lack of any story whatsoever from Sony about Move. They have a folder containing five titles and a release date and thats (sic) it."
Realising he may have caused some problems, he does point out that, "Everything I said I said out of personal conviction and not as Xbox boss. My PR lady kill me when she hears what I have said."