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Microsoft has no intentions of giving up on the console market

Dean Takahashi of A+E Interactive recently had the chance to sit down and chat with Microsoft's COO, Kevin Turner. Turner, who has previously worked through the ranks of Wal-Mart and was once the president of Sam's Club, has a lot on his plate as of now at Microsoft and oversees products ranging from Windows Vista to the XBOX 360.

In the interview, Turner discusses a number of issues including Microsoft's broad scope for its "digital lifestyle" initiative which includes products like the XBOX 360 and Zune as well the company's current hemorrhaging of money in the games division:

q: What do you think as a business person. These guys started up the business. They anticipated losing money. They did lose billions in the first round. When you think of those numbers, it's so high stakes. You either come out of it like Sony, or come out of it sinking billions into a crazy business. For a business, that can be very scary.

a: In those four pillars, it's important for us to have multiple pillars for growth. We think we are uniquely positioned to be able to invest what it takes to be successful in areas like entertainment and gaming. People forget. Steve reminds me it to seven, eight, or nine years before Windows was profitable. People forget that. We're in it for the long term. This is a company committed to invest for the long term. We would like to make money quickly. But that's not what changes the world. That's not what innovation allows you to do. Regardless of what you look at, it takes a lot of years. This is a company that is committed to sticking to things that we believe in. Certainly, this is a space we believe in.

Microsoft has a lot invested in the XBOX brand and it has a lot of cash on hand to drag it along for quite some time. The original XBOX was a moderate sales success (despite the large monetary losses for Microsoft), while the current XBOX 360 is coming slower out of the gate than its predecessor. Whether that's because customers are waiting to see what the PlayStation 3 offers or because the XBOX 360 doesn't yet have that "killer app" remains to be seen. Regardless, the next two months should be an interesting time for Microsoft as we should see a number of new peripherals released for the XBOX 360 including the Wireless Racing Wheel and the external HD DVD drive. And there's also that tiny little game that no one's ever heard of: Gears of War or something like that…

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By medavid16 on 10/10/2006 1:52:44 PM , Rating: 2
I think why the people on this bulletin disagree about the Xbox is because the Halo series appeals to different crowds.

I will be a PS3 fan, no argument there... but I must say, the console wars is showing that the Wii will dominate, at least in terms of sales. The Wii is going to redefine gamers, it will appeal to the old and young, men and women. The controller is set with a learning curve that anyone can pick it up and use it.

However, that doesn't mean it is "the next great console." I will be a PS3 fan, simply because I like the classic controller. I play fighting games that tight control, tight dexterity along with technical understanding of the game, added with wit and a touch of style, will win the game. The name of the game is competition. And I just don't see the same tight control of a Wii controller vs a Ps3 classic controller.

Something that will truly truly bring a console huge brownie points is to bring previous games online compatibility, without it originally being supported... Alot of people are awaiting a Marvel Vs Capcom 2 online capable version... I know any system that supports it, will gain an EASY couple thousand console sales... and that's just one game.

Every console has strengths and weaknesses, the Xbox just happens to be at a standstill due to the impending release of the next consoles and the release of more games.

RE: Discrepancy
By wedgieroo on 10/10/2006 2:31:19 PM , Rating: 2
Funny, if you were really a huge fighting game fan wouldn't you be using a stick instead of the PS3 controller? ;-)

The PS3 is where all the fighters will be, no doubt - at least, VF5 is there. It will be quite interesting to see how everything plays out...

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