Hewlett Packard CTO Rahul Sood blasts Microsoft for canning a cross platform gaming service that would have allowed Xbox and PC gamers to play against each other...
Rahul Sood, CTO of HP’s gaming business, has blogged his disappointment at the cancellation of a project that would have allowed Xbox 360 and PC gamers to scrap against each other online. The reason for the project’s demise? Apparently, console gamers are rubbish in comparison to their desktop counterparts.
"There was a project that got killed at Microsoft,” Sood writes. “This project was designed to allow console gamers and PC gamers to interact and battle over a connected environment."
He then goes on to say about the tests that proved the platform’s main failing: “I've heard from reliable sources that during the development they brought together the best console gamers to play mediocre PC gamers at the same game... and guess what happened? They pitted console gamers with their ‘console’ controller, against PC gamers with their keyboard and mouse. The console players got destroyed every time.”
Sood reckons that the console gamers’ performance was so poor that it would have been “embarrassing to the Xbox team in general had Microsoft launched this initiative. You simply don't get the same level of detail or control as you do with a PC over a console, he added.”
This is something that proud PC gamers have been saying for some years now, but it’s interesting to have come from such a top source. Would you have liked a cross-platform service regardless? Let us know on our Twitter and Facebook feeds.
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