Gates: Sony "didn't know what they were doing"

In an interview with MercuryNews.com at CES, Bill Gates has commented on Microsoft's rivals in the next-gen console war with renewed fervour. Highlighting Sony as "our most direct competitor" he isn't dismissive of Nintendo, stating that the company "did some things right" in launching the Wii. But as you would expect from the Chairman of […]

In an interview with MercuryNews.com at CES, Bill Gates has commented on Microsoft's rivals in the next-gen console war with renewed fervour.

Highlighting Sony as "our most direct competitor" he isn't dismissive of Nintendo, stating that the company "did some things right" in launching the Wii.

But as you would expect from the Chairman of a multinational dreadnought, he is quick to point out the faults in his competitors plans. Starting with Nintendo, he added; "Nintendo of course is a competitor. But look at the resolution you get with a controlled experience like that.  Say to yourself, how in terms of using a game for a long period of time, what kind of accuracy and capability do you want? Look at the classic Nintendo positioning. Look at the graphics. Look at Nintendo’s execution in terms of online capability. We have this thing that nobody has ever seen before. When you say to your friend, hey let’s play online, you say then you have to buy an Xbox. That’s what 10 million people say. If you want to play online, get an Xbox. We’re not standing still. Look at what you saw today connecting up the world to the Windows PC. Do you expect Nintendo to rev up a team to create cross-device gaming and tool kits to develop those things? Not very likely."

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