In his first interview of the Amsterdam X05 event, Xbox supremo Robbie Bach has climbed down, regarding his overlord Bill Gates’ aggressive assertions that the release of Halo 3 would greet the PS3’s launch. Bach says:
Philosophically, the point Bill was trying to make is that we’re not just going to ship and not have great stuff coming up. We don't know when Sony will ship PS3. They’ve said spring...what we do know is that the way our portfolio lines up, we’re going to have great exclusive content. Halo is something we’ll ship when it’s ready
Ah, so it was just a philosophical point, and not macho talk of ‘Boom! Halo hits them right in the kisser!’ or whatever it was Mr. Gates said. The rather less bullish Bach goes on to say that the people at Microsoft are ‘cautiously optimistic’ about the Japanese launch of their console this time around. He also outlines the online model for Xbox 360, saying that there will be a free ‘Silver’ service which is intended to recruit people to the ‘Gold’ Xbox Live! – style setup. This is where the 50% of customers online figures has come from. You can read highlights from Mr. Bach’s words of wisdom here
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