At his CES keynote last night, Microsoft boss Bill Gates said his company is winning the console war, and that consoles are winning the battle for supremacy in the living room. Plus: IPTV news , hardware sales and GoW numbers...
"Speaking on the console wars, Gates told an interviewer prior to his speech, "It's a complete reversal of last time. Last time, we tried coming in a year late with a big, clunky box that cost more and having less titles. We tried that and it's not that much fun." He added, "Sony is our most direct competitor. Our goal was to not be Sony, not be a big box, not be expensive.''"
And people say Sony is arrogant... I didn't think Gates would go that low. Let's see, PS1, PS2, and PS3 combine for over what 250 million consoles sold. Xbox and Xbox 360 combine for what less than 40 million consoles sold? I'd doubt Sony is worried at this point.
....you gotta love a company who can run a division for 6+ years, never turn a profit EVER and then go around telling people they won something.
C'mon it's microsoft.... the self proclaimed ruler of the world
Xbox DID turn a profit right around the release of Halo 2, for those who missed it.
And with all the PS3s confirmed to be not flying off the shelves already (local Gamestop has ahd 6 for a week), while both Xbox 360 and Wii were (and are) still selling at breakneck speeds during the same period after launch (same Gamestop still sells out Wii in minutes)...
...at the end of the orignal xbox's life MS posted over 4 Billion in losses for the division.
No, they never turned a profit.
Well it takes money to make money and regardless of what the original xbox lost the 360 will bring in the cash! Also Mr.Gates is just telling it like it is and no matter how big you are you can fall and loose your spot as number 1 at any given time! It so cool to be gamer because Sony, MS, and Nintendo are doing whatever they can to keep us entertained and in doors! lol
eventually they will make a profit. when the cost of the console drops this year(manufacturing cost) they can turn it a profit and with the sales of live and software, i think MS its gonna be alright
MS will throw another couple of billion $ in the water to get a dominant position. That is their mentality. Investors is most probably horrified to see a company proclaiming - yeah - we lost a couple of billion - we are winning, when Nintendo makes a profit from day one and outsold them in their best month.
"the end of the orignal xbox's life MS posted over 4 Billion in losses for the division." Ohh wow one division lost money!? while you fanboys are so prompt to point out how the xbox division got hurt; you fail to mention how Sony's entire company is in trouble and not turning a profit!
You people know nothing about business. Microsoft don't care how much money the XBox lost since it opened many doors for the company as a whole. I'm sure you can't see what I am talking about; fanboys are blind by nature.
If it would be for the xbox division, the 360 wouldn't be now profitable.
Without the xbox division microsoft wouldn't be talking about Games for windows, Live Anywhere, IPTV, HD movies over xbox live marketplace, Zune, etc.
Vista have the potential to sell very well because of all the features that are being ported from the XBox.
Heck, even the 360 GamePad it's being purchased by people that don't have a 360.
The XBox division is serving as a gateway to introduce lots of oportunities for many microsoft divisions that are already starting to see money.
How about XNA? What will people be using to make games? Visual Studio, C# which obviously are not part of the xbox division.
Ohh wow, xbox division lost a few billions just so microsoft can make 5 times that much. ohh wow, microsoft is dead... lol.
Sony fanboys should know by now why microsoft was willing to lose so much with the xbox division since it's starting grow roots. Stop insulting your own intelligence by stopping mentioning that xbox division lost money since that actually means crap to microsoft now that it oppened so many ways to make money.
The 360 is on the right track and people know what to expect from it. I've been a Sony fan for years and I still can not see what the hell is going on with the PS3. I'm glad the 360 was developed because I would not be very happy if all I had to choose from was the Wii or the PS3.
yeah he shouldn't have said that.
But he is right about the role reversal. Sony is sitting in almost the exact same seat as MS was in 2001.
And trust me. They think the 4 billion was money well spent. Considering the 360 is turning a $75 profit for every console sold and should start an overall profit this year. And now Microsoft is in a very strong position in the gaming market. The last thing you want is for Microsoft to be in a stong position in your market.
i dont think he should of siad this the console wars are only starting we should wait a few years then see who the winner is
I find it amusing that so many people find it impossible to imagine. Atari WAS the King of gaming nobody could touch it. Nintendo WAS the undisputed Champ , unstoppable. Sega WAS on top. Put two and two together guys. This is the industry. There is a new champ
Iwata is hotter.
How can anyone doubt the worlds richest pirate, his shoes will be hard to fill. Anyone one here want to doubt him except for the people in that #2 spot? :-)
You see the other guys are supposed to be faster, smarter and better trained. They had a whole year to copy and make a perfect console watching MS. Now the bell has rung and they lost the first round, now were in round two let the fighting begin (oh look at that cut right above Sony’s eye LOL, Hey isn’t that Nintendo smiling from the seats?)
is ours, states Mr. Gates. Maybe a little overconfident for history is riddled with speeches such as these from fools and the foolhardy. Just kidding?
Like his console won yeah right no one has yet said that his console won considering thats alot of talk and no sheet of papers to back up his claim.
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