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Xbox Project Founder Nat Brown: Stupid Stupid Xbox

Nat Brown Write: I was a founder of the original xBox project at Microsoft and gave it its name. Almost 14 years after the painful, pointless, and idiotic internal cage-match to get it started and funded, the hard selling of a compelling and lucrative living-room product to Bill (and then Steve as he began to take over), a product that consumers would want and love and demand...

But the past 5 years, and the last year in particular, have been simply painful to watch. Coasting on past momentum. Failing to innovate and failing to capitalize on innovations like Kinect. Touting strategic and market success when you’re just experiencing your competitor’s stumbling failure (yes, Sony, Nintendo – you are, I’m afraid, stumbling failures). A complete lack of tactical versus strategic understanding of the long game of the living room. It culminated for me in recent coverage of....a new LA xBox studio to create interactive content.

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Walker1233d ago

Wow, the rage...so palpable.

Septic1233d ago

Yeah but most of it is so unnecessary like the little prompts when going to the dashboard? REALLY?? I wonder how he fares when he uses a PS3.

The pointless cage match seems to be taking place in his head.

nukeitall1233d ago

@Septic:

I find myself kind of agreeing with him as the Xbox dashboard is pretty good, but only in relations to what else is out there, and not what it could have been.

MS could do a lot more to streamline and make the dashboard even more user friendly. I hope many of these things find their way onto the next generation.

MS needs this guy back! Get him now!

scofios1232d ago

Waw the founder of a big failure called XBOX1 is calling others failures

Snookies121233d ago (Edited 1233d ago )

"yes, Sony, Nintendo - you are, I'm afraid, stumbling failures".

I'm sorry, but if this dude is indeed focusing more on the past year he is SORELY mistaken with that comment.

Sony has turned things around so much these past 2-3 years. I bought a PS3 when they first launched, and even I had to admit they had basically no games and their service wasn't that great. However lately, with PS+, tons of wonderful exclusives, a re-branding and unification of its services, Sony has really done a wonderful job as opposed to when they started out this generation.

Nintendo is really picking things up as well. The Wii U launch wasn't so hot, but with titles like X, Fire Emblem/Shin Megami, Wind Waker HD, etc., it appears as though they're really starting to try appealing to hardcore fans in the near future. I may not own a Wii U, but I'm excited for those that do, and look forward to its future (which is one I'm seriously considering investing in now.)

So I'm sorry buddy, but after that comment he made, it's kind of hard to take him seriously... Obviously he isn't paying attention to what's going on lately.

yesmynameissumo1233d ago (Edited 1233d ago )

"Touting strategic and market success when you’re just experiencing your competitor’s stumbling failure (yes, Sony, Nintendo – you are, I’m afraid, stumbling failures)." He's right. Sony and Nintendo have stumbled faaaaar more than Microsoft this gen. It's had to have had an effect.

classic2001233d ago

He his basically saying, these two companies stumble and let microsoft control the industry, this wouldnt happen if they did not stumble.

Its the truth the xbox would not be sitting strongly in america right now if nintendo and sony play their cards perfectly. Sony is pushing hard now and that is great but they started off stumbling with the price point while wii was stumbling with power.

dcbronco1233d ago (Edited 1233d ago )

Snookies,

The slip ups Sony and Nintendo made can't be fixed this generation. The mistakes they made Sony made were the Cell and Blu-ray. The only change there has been that it is cheaper to produce those parts so the cost have fallen in line with the price of the console. But that damage is done.

For Nintendo, they went out and pulled a PS3 in reverse. A under powered system that will be obsolete by the end of the year. The only cure for that will be the a new console. The Wii U is dead on arrival. Zelda can't save it. Nintendo will make money. But they will quickly become a third wheel.

I do agree MS has made some mistakes. I don't believe they will focus on Kinect. And looking at the way content holders are hording their content and moving toward their own services, MS and everyone else need to be making their own content. That is actually forward thinking.

On the dashboard. Those things are a little less important. I don't like the wait times. But I believe those things are being addressed if the rumored specs are real. Always on, separate resources for the apps and mandatory installs make me think load times are a key they are working on.

MultiConsoleGamer1233d ago

He's so bitter.

Good luck getting another job in the industry.

cleft51233d ago

Sadly, guys like this know so much that they can get a job pretty much anywhere. Like him or hate him, he is an exceptionally knowledgeable person.

Even if he does come off like an asshole, just look at CliffyB, David Jaffe, David Cage, and Dennis Dyack to name a few. Complete assholes, but their experience and knowledge will always net them a job or a startup company.

FunAndGun1233d ago

I could be wrong but David Cage always seems pretty humble and I never really viewed him as an asshole.

didn't disagree with you, I just don't think he fits with the other people in your list.

mandf1233d ago

You are wrong about David Cage. Link an article where he swears, disrespects, or bashes anything in an uneducated manner.

rainslacker1232d ago

Why is that sad? He had a major role to play in the first Xbox, and as such his knowledge would be welcomed by many in the industry.

The first Xbox had clear goals, his current beef is that those goals aren't living up to what they should, and instead MS is focusing on a future potential that just doesn't exist in the manner that they seem to think it wil. It seems to be pretty fair criticism to me.

I know if I were a big part in creating something, I would be disappointed in a new direction that I didn't feel was viable for the long term. I don't think he's right in all his assertions, but I do believe he does make valid points that should be addressed by MS, or the industry as a whole.

chukamachine1233d ago

What a nob. screaming at the moon.

Christopher1233d ago

This guy doesn't understand universal UI design. All those things he complains about may annoy him, but are necessary for the common person and help to inform users of changes that they may have accidentally have performed. It's a "Better Safe Than Sorry" UI design.

yesmynameissumo1233d ago

It's Windows UI design. Not one of "Better safe than sorry", but "Better have the user do all the work while i'll just ask the same question over and over."

Christopher1233d ago

Nah, that's Sony and the PSN store when you try to purchase something. I hope they learn and change it to mimic their new U.S. browser store in the future.

yesmynameissumo1233d ago

The PS Store is not the XMB. I'm just saying the XMB doesn't SPAM me with questions like the 360's OS.

FamilyGuy1233d ago (Edited 1233d ago )

His complaints are valid, the PS3 doesn't Waste my time warning me before I quit a game, it doesn't ask me where I'd like to save an app, it doesn't phrase general questions to me as if it doesn't know whether I'm doing something game, app or service related. That WOULD be annoying.

The time between pressing "Start Game" to when you're actually playing should be faster (on all consoles) too. Those "splash screens" should only exist the first time you play a game and be at least skip-able thereafter. I know that's more of a dev thing but they could still implement something like how game invite launching lets you bypass it.

The PS Store gripe you mention IS horrible, with ps+ going in to download something for free takes forever just to get to the point where the thing you want starts downloading, it's extremely annoying. Installing sucks too.

This guys MAIN GRIPE is that he can't put out an indie game on the 360 and stand a real chance at making a lot of money on it because it gets hidden, ignored and isn't advertised. He's an indie dev now an feels their frustration with MS.

Christopher1233d ago

***His complaints are valid, the PS3 doesn't Waste my time warning me before I quit a game, it doesn't ask me where I'd like to save an app, it doesn't phrase general questions to me as if it doesn't know whether I'm doing something game, app or service related. That WOULD be annoying. ***

It does all of those but the last.

1. When you use the PS button to exit, just like the middle button on the 360, it asks you if you want to quit you current game.

2. It does indeed ask you where you want to store things if you have an external HDD attached.

FamilyGuy1233d ago

1. When you use the PS button to exit, just like the middle button on the 360, it asks you if you want to quit you current game.

2. It does indeed ask you where you want to store things if you have an external HDD attached.

1. When you hold the PS button or when you press it and select "quit game" all it ask is yes or no, the warning about losing save data does not exist. It's just "Quit Game"? Yes/No

2. It only ask about video files, photos and maybe themes. It doesn't ask where you'd like to save an app, a game, an avatar.

Christopher1232d ago

The warning is the same as the Yes/no on PS3 with just more text. Same exact thing.

It does ask you where you want to save things you download from the PSN. I've had it ask me.

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