Bill Gates Talks 360, Sony & Halo 3

In an interview with Engadget recently, Bill Gates spoke about his opinions of the Xbox 360 and also comment on the upcoming Halo 3. First off Bill said he was playing the 360 all during the holiday season and loved PGR3, Kameo, Basketball and Perfect Dark Zero. He also commented about the shortages saying that they have “ramped up as fast as anybody ever has, but demand is still way ahead of [them]

When questioned on whether Microsoft are ready for Sony, he replied [i]”Well, we think so. We’ve got a lot of things that they don’t know that we’re doing, so we’ll keep them on edge a bit. We think that this whole thing has become very software centric; that is, the toolkits that let developers do their best creative work — that plays to our software strength, as well as the idea of Live, where we had to learn a lot with Xbox 1, and the decision to require broadband, to go with VoIP, but we learned a lot about wanting to put things into the operating system so you can chat even while you’re playing the games, it’s really a level of richness that the games are built on top of that we didn’t have that last time. We learned how to do that, we learned about contests and spectators, and so this is really a second generation of Live for us. It’s very based on software expertise, so it will be interesting to see what Sony does in that dimension.

We also now have a situation where if your friend has already bought an Xbox and you go to buy something that you want to play with them, it’s not like last time where at his house you play his game and at your house you play your game. Now it’s all online, you’ve got your achievements and things, so it will be a fascinating competition[/i].”

Then when questioned on Halo 3 he said “it’s up to the team when they want to ship that, and they’re going to take their time to make that a super great product. So even we don’t know when that will come out. That’s one of many games that are just phenomenal that are in the works, but it’s up to the artists to do it when they feel good about it.” This comment was a complete reversal of his previous statment about Halo 3 being released in conjenction with the PS3’s launch to steal some of Sony’s thunder.

Source Engadget