Amid all the fuss around the Wii and PS3 launches, Xbox 360 has quietly continued to rack up sales in the background, boosted by new titles like Viva Pinata and Gears Of War. But Bill Gates chose a post-CES interview to tell the 360’s rivals where to stick their hype.
“We wanted to be the guy with the small box that costs less,” he told Dean Takahashi off the San Jose Mercury News.
“We wanted to have the most compelling or better than anyone else’s box. We wanted to have the most games. We wanted to play to our software strength, and tools and online. We wanted to get most respects, except for the online capability, we wanted to swap positions with Sony. We wanted to not be a year late, not be a big box, not be a more expensive box. How are we doing on that?
Bill also got stuck into the Wii’s low resolution and lack of online gaming, talked IPTV, gloated over Sony’s PS3 processor woes, and said he’s not worried about Xbox 360 cannibalising sales of Media Center PCs. The full transcript is well worth a read for an insight into Gates on Games.