In an interview directed towards J. Allard, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President, we can see some very serious shots aimed directly at Sony. Allard is a very intelligent person, and thus far he has provided a backbone for the Xbox 360.
When asked about what he thought Sony is thinking and feeling right now, he responded with a this answer, “I hope that Sony is nervous. Honestly, because our launch lineup looks great. They’ve shown two really good movies. And a picture of a console that doesn’t have any ventilation holes in it. Their list of claims versus their list of proof, well, there is a big, big gap there to close between now and spring 06. So, if I’m in Sony’s shoes, I’m a little nervous right now because our lineup looks great. Our hardware is the same. We have a kick-ass online service that just got better. Our media support is really, really good. And we got the industrial design right. If I’m sitting in Mr. Kutaragi’s shoes? I’ve got a lot of work to do between now and spring. But hopefully that’s all goodness. Hopefully it’s spurring the Sony team to go, “We have to get serious about online, no more rhetoric, let’s go build a service. Let’s go buy somebody, let’s go buy somebody else, let’s get serious.” They went and they bought a systems company, God bless ’em. If my GDC keynote contributed to Sony having better tools on PlayStation, so developers can be better on PlayStation, and focus more on games, god bless ’em. That’s a good thing. If they are embarrassed by their controller design as a result of having played with our wireless game pad, and they make a better controller? That’s a good thing. God Bless ’em. That’s good for the industry. I hope that it’s healthy competition. And that they are a little nervous and they’re looking to see what we’ve done and done well and said, “Hey, for the things that we’re not quite finished with, let’s make them better. You know, we aspire more to do more as a result of Microsoft being in the market;” that’s what I hope they’re doing. And I hope they’re not getting complacent, and saying, “Hey, we’ve got a great brand, we’ve got a couple of great franchises, we’re unstoppable because we’ve had two rounds.” I hope they’re not doing that. I hope that they’re going to put up a real good fight for position number one. Because if they do, consumers benefit, and we’ll grow that market.”
Then Allard was asked about the release of the Playstation 3.He responded with, “I keep reading spring 06. You keep writing it. He keeps saying it, you keep writing it, and I keep reading it. I don’t know what to believe. The only console I have seen doesn’t have holes in it. You can’t have a 200-watt-plus system and not have air flow through it. You know? Nobody has tried the boomerang yet. I hope they do something better than that.”
So does Allard think the PS3 is a threat to Xbox 360? probably not, but he hopes Sony will at least provide some competition. Let’s all at least hope they but some kind of ventilation in the Playstation 3.