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The man who named the Xbox says his former employer is living in a "dream-world"

If Apple, Inc. (AAPL) created a console, it would destroy the Xbox according to one former Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) Xbox team member.  Nat Brown, who worked between 1990 and 1999 with Microsoft, blasts the current direction from Microsoft in a blog entitled "Stupid, Stupid Xbox.  He comments, "[An Apple console would] simply kill PlayStation, Wii-U and xBox."

Mr. Brown was a key team member in the early development of the original Xbox console, which launched in 2001.  He alleged was the first person to come up with the name "Xbox".

But he expresses frustration at the final result, which was released after he left.  While Microsoft does offer the Xbox Live Indie Games program to help small developers, he argues that's not enough and that Apple does a better job inspiring smaller devs to make games.  He writes:

Why can’t I write a game for xBox tomorrow using $100 worth of tools and my existing Windows laptop and test it on my home xBox or at my friends’ houses? Why can’t I then distribute it digitally in a decent online store, give up a 30% cut and strike it rich if it’s a great game, like I can for Android, for iPhone, or for iPad?

[Xbox Live Indie Games] is where indie developers have found they can go in order to not make money on xBox, despite an installed base of 76M devices. Microsoft, you are idiotic to have ceded not just indie game developers but also a generation of loyal kids and teens to making games for other people’s mobile devices.

Despite selling 76 million Xbox 360 consoles and 24 million units of Kinect, a recent report from another ex-Microsoft executive indicates that the unit isn't making that much money.  And Mr. Brown isn't even that impressed with the finished product.  He writes, "The device OS and almost the entire user experience outside the first two levels of the dashboard are creaky, slow, and full-of-s***."

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Is Xbox "stupid" and "full-of-s***"? The person who named it thinks so.
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He adds, "It doesn’t surprise me that most people spend more time watching videos or listening to music on xBox, because it takes too long to screw around with discs and wait for games to load."

His former employer is "living in a naive dream-world", he adds.

Microsoft is under fire from all sides in recent months following reports that it plans to ban used games for the Xbox 720.  Other reports have indicated that developers have privately indicated that Sony Corp.'s (TYO:6758) PlayStation 4 is slightly more powerful than the Xbox 720 and is much easier to develop for.

New rivals may soon be emerging, too.  Valve is working on a new console dubbed "Steam Box", which will plug into its popular game distribution network.  And Apple has reportedly considered jumping into the console fray with a more powerful set-top box.

Source: I Like Code





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