Bushnell: Xbox 720 will win next-gen

Atari founder Nolan Bushnell bullish on Xbox 720, saying Microsoft's "strong software tools" will allow devs to make compelling software faster than on PS4.

Atari founder Nolan Bushnell has chosen Microsoft to emerge victorious against Sony in the next-generation console race. Speaking on GameTrailers' Rollin' With Nolan, the industry veteran claimed Sony will be held back by "lame" and difficult-to-understand software tools.

"I personally believe Microsoft is in a superior position, and the reason is Sony, whenever they change consoles, the software tools that they have are lame," Bushnell said. "A lot of times in the past they were in Japanese; not well documented and getting the software development community up to speed…they may have been able to do it in Japan, but the American software community just says 'Oh boy, what a pain.' And a lot of people don't realize how strong the software community is at making the hardware platform sing and dance."

Bushnell's comments come after a number of high-profile developers have praised the PlayStation 4. Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford said in April that he is "really excited" about the platform, celebrating Sony for inviting Gearbox to the table to brainstorm ideas for the PS4.

Meanwhile, id Software veteran John Carmack said he is pleased with the PS4 system specs. In addition, Avalanche Studios cofounder Linus Blomberg said the PS4 will outpower most PCs for years to come.

Bushnell argued that it is software that drives hardware sales and that Microsoft will outperform Sony in this department, thus dominating the next-generation console market.

"Microsoft, because of their strong software tools, will end up with much better products sooner [and] easier, in my estimation," Bushnell said. "And with that, I think will be an advantage. And also don't forget, Microsoft actually has so much money to defend this. Plus, they have a good infrastructure with the [Xbox Live Arcade], with their online world."

Bushnell also cited Sony's online presence as a weakness. He said the company "really needs to get their action together" to fix their "god awful" online infrastructure.

Regarding what he believes will be vital for both next-generation platforms, Bushnell said virtual reality products like the Oculus Rift will be "really important" for future platforms, so long as latency is kept in check. He also noted that it would "make sense" for these new platforms to have 1TB hard drives, due to the relative affordability of memory today.

Microsoft is rumored to have its next-generation platform on store shelves this holiday season. Though the company has yet to reveal its official plans, Microsoft is rumored to announce the Xbox 720 in May.

Written By

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Discussion

1528 comments
SolidJedi721
SolidJedi721

11/15/2013 - PlayStation 4 launch Day & PlayStation Network crashes. Bushnell was 100% right about PSN's terrible network infrastructure. It seems like some people owe Nolan Bushnell an engraved apology.

Crystall3d
Crystall3d

MS can kiss my ass or sit on his crap racing wheel  and do doo!

cj10239
cj10239

Always online? Requires a Kinect?, was this a contest to kill their console and alienate their fanbase the quickest?

fedetaco
fedetaco

Always online mode, if that happens, we will waste our time in front of a screen not playing but downloading alot of useless data that will saturate our hard drive...:/  Por qué dirán q Microsoft es mejor Compania q SOny?? Q estupides de comentario, deberían decir sus argumentos por lo menos....con respecto a lo q dijo el viejillo tiene razón el programa de la 360 y la pagina para jugar en linea son mejores, pero como puede juzgar una maquina q ni si quiera está en el mercado??? What a brain dead !!!

g0nz0j03
g0nz0j03

I'm just amazed people still care what Nolan Bushnell has to say.  Of course, any desperate attempt to stir up console wars is good for the old Google juice I suppose...

rabbitcancer
rabbitcancer

You can't win the next-gen if you alienate the consumers that are supposed to buy the games for your console in the first place.  The game has changed - whereas the PS3 was horrible to design for, studios are lining up one after the other to say how savvy the PS4 is for gaming.  Sony has worked hard with developers to find the perfect balance in console gaming.  Online presence is another false claim.  Sony is talking to a lot of partners nowadays and has a strong foundation in TV and film already.  What's Microsoft's online presence now?  Windows 8?  Struggling..  Xbox Live?   Last time I checked, Sony's online store had better content at better prices and without the need to crank ads down the throats of owners, gold subscription or not.  Microsoft's best talent is leaving for pastures new in droves (including a few notables to Sony, might I add).  Dev tools are one thing.  Passion, spirit, integrity and public appeal are entirely another.  I'll pay attention to the mounting crowd of present-day talent saying that they like what they see with Sony - not just the console, but the attitude and the return of a company to its roots in console domination.  The next gen is FAR from over.  How's that?

rabbitcancer
rabbitcancer

would someone with the balls to stand out from behind their keyboard care to email me as to why my opinions are being deleted?  Are you guys running a news service or a boot-licking kiddy blog?

Necro_Fear89
Necro_Fear89

I was disappointed with the 360's exclusive titles, nothing but generic FPS and TPS games. It's like developers have ran out of ideas on what to make and just settle on making more games with a floating gun and huge explosions, if it keeps up with the same crap for next gen I might just stick to indie games on Steam, or arcade games, at least they try different things.

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

Guy is right about Sony's devkits being silly. Still, it's not like American studios can do anything else other than shut down or get bought by EA/Activision so yeah. I'm looking forward to a home console that is once again supported by Japanese developers, unlike this retarded gen where we were practically stuck playing generic shooters, sandboxes and god of war rip-offs.

SergeantPole
SergeantPole

The funny thing about the nextbox, is that none of the specs have been revealed. There haven't been any dev kit leaks that I know of or anything. The rumor about the console needing an always on internet connection is kind of amusing though. It's as if paying for an online service that doesn't deter microsoft from putting ads on your console or not funding dedicated servers for games wasn't enough. I really enjoyed my 360, but the ride went downhill pretty fast after the kinect.

Also, the amount of money microsoft charges devs to post updates for their games on live is outright laughable.

ernelson1976
ernelson1976

What amuses me the most is the piling on Microsoft--when we know precisely nothing about the console. I don't know if Bushnell is right or not, but everyone else making judgments about the new Xbox is hilarious. Can we wait until we know something about the console before getting all bent out of shape?

saosebastiao
saosebastiao

Always connected to the web? Nice idea -___-

Either Ms makes activation codes for you to "unlock" a used game into a "new" one that can be purchased on physical stores, or we're taking the first steps heading for a new videogame crash.

How greedy can you get MS? Jesus H. freaking Christ man! And FFS, if you ever do the activation codes for used games, keep it under 5$ and remember to give half of that to the publishers.


Payasoplas
Payasoplas

I don't know about someone who's ever said "YES, I WANT AN XBOX 720, So I can't play used games, play without Internet Connection and pay for online gaming" I've been with the XBOX Brand since 2002 and very loyal, but now MS has stabbed us in the back, TH XBOX 720 will be the Next SEGA SATURN...

ryangcnx-2
ryangcnx-2

I'd rather have to wait for games a bit longer and be able to play them when my internet goes out :)

DeanoFantasy
DeanoFantasy

Personally I have never understood Microsoft (money grabbing and a profitable move, fair play, great move) for the reason it branched out into the console market, I've just always been a Nintendo and a Play Station  customer since I was a kid. I don't hate the Xbox at all, I enjoyed the Gears of War, Halo and the Fable series very much so, but always the PSone, PS2 and PS3 was always my main console but it saddens me that I find a link on here saying 'Atari founder Nolan Bushnell bullish on Xbox 720, saying Microsoft's "strong software tools" will allow devs to make compelling software faster than on PS4' I mean what a way to start media hype before both consoles are even observed yet alone released, its a bit silly and rather pretentious, who knows what the next 6 years will hold.

da_chub
da_chub

It will succeed in the us where we are to blind to see that we are all being watched by those kinect things all the time.

THE_DRUGGIE
THE_DRUGGIE

He's right.

 After all, look how the Jaguar turned out!

Mortz_88
Mortz_88

If I have to pay £40 a year and deal with my console being always on in order to get away from all of the playsation fangirls whining then sign me up now

lawfrye
lawfrye

Microsoft is a better company than sony ever was and that's a fact...MS has enough money to buy and sell Sony two or three times over. They also have way better ideas about how to build a console, making it as easy to develop for as a PC. That said, if they think I am going to put up with always-online and no hardcopy games that I can store on my shelf and play when I want; then they just lost a customer forever!I don't want games that have to be stored on my hard drive, I also don't want to be forced to be online with a console! I don't play online games and I have NO intentions on doing so! I want hardcopies of games and I'll get online when and how I choose. If thats a problem for them they can pedal their shit to some other jerk-off! ****Sony here I come!*****

lawfrye
lawfrye

Microsoft is a better company than sony ever was and that's a fact...MS has enough money to buy and sell Sony two or three times over. They also have way better ideas about how to build a console, making it as easy to develop for as a PC. That said, if they think I am going to put up with always-online and no hardcopy games that I can store on my shelf and play when I want; then they just lost a customer forever!I don't want games that have to be stored on my hard drive I want hardcopies and if I don't get them then they can pedal that shit to some other jerk-off! Sony here I come!

quiksilver38
quiksilver38

xbox can suck a fat one if they think im only buying new games srs

jthotty
jthotty

Really X-Box 720 will win? Hey Atari, Hows your business model goi.... Nevermind

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

what atari is still around I thought that company went bankrupt years ago since I haven't seen single good game from them in years hell I don't think that I have seen a game from them in couple of years

icebox98
icebox98

No doubt the console will be great. but what the hell is a trophy going to benefit them if 9 out of 10 xbox fans drop the most powerful console for the less powerful but consumer friendly ps4.........i mean, always online? WTF! im ok with 5 fps less and no Gears of war

mercenary_cloud
mercenary_cloud

I seriously doubt that. Anyone on here can say they've worked at a game company before but have no way of proving it.

starbar111
starbar111

Well, unless any of you are developing software and working with both next gen hardware to compare  I don't think any of you are in a position to criticize do you?

Grimkillah
Grimkillah

I once thought I was going to win the next-gen console war, then I took an Orth in the knee.

absolut_gamerz
absolut_gamerz

feels like i'm listening to a bearded kid with white hair and wrinkle faced... LOL..

CraigBDP
CraigBDP

No matter how well some of you write your little rants about Bushnell calling the PS4 lame, it doesn't help with the fact your not smart enough to read the story properly, he said the dev tools were lame not the console and this is just an echo from the ps3 as the dev tools for that we're very difficult to get to grips with at first.

This console war stupidity needs to stop I'm fed up with having low brow conversations regarding consoles! There only entertainment devices! Just go buy the one you want and stop judging people on there purchases, it's getting to the point I read through some of the comments on Gamespot and I'm embarrassed to be a gamer, childish arguments and idiotic name calling, why on earth can we not just co-exist? Maybe of we change our attitudes the big companies may change in time.

MatrixGamer78
MatrixGamer78

Uncle bush is fully retarded...... Fuck Bush.

vladfromhell
vladfromhell

win next gen?plz really? dont do this with us ok gamespot. talk serious now hahaha

win next gen... ahahahahahahah

what a joke

always on?

hahahaha

ryan61490
ryan61490

what a walking, talking bearded butthole...

rabbitcancer
rabbitcancer

@Payasoplas Your feelings describe my own to a tea.  I started out with Playstation, became a huge fan of Xbox and have now been driven back into the arms of my original console manufacturer.

X_Box_Killer
X_Box_Killer

@Payasoplas You also forgot no backwards compatibility, so that obviously means no 360 titles. 

GaMa__GaMer
GaMa__GaMer

@da_chub That's so creepy O.o 
Ill never think of Kinect the same way again!

ernelson1976
ernelson1976

@THE_DRUGGIE You do realize that Bushnell left Atari fifteen years before the Jaguar was released, right?

Crypt1978
Crypt1978

@Mortz_88  

i'll sign you up. for a ticket to your own private island as well were ur ignorant opinions are generated by a closed circuit television broadcast of all things material and spoon fed by consumerism.

 

rabbitcancer
rabbitcancer

@lawfrye Out of touch???  LOL.  I've been a fan of Microsoft for the better part of 20 years and even I can believe the drivel you just span.  Microsoft is a falling empire and Windows8 is costing them dearly.  You should read some industry news and understand how much Microsoft has perished financially just in the past year.

Crypt1978
Crypt1978

@lawfrye 

You sir, like myself are a dying breed. They know that and don't care to support legacy players such as ourselves. The market isn't large enough. Same reason why survival horror games are dead. Niche markets do not generate enough profit. As long as Halo and COD are alive so will the brainwashed generation on spoon fed consumers be.

mememe11
mememe11

@lawfrye whines: "...I don't want games that have to be stored on my hard drive, I also don't want to be forced to be online with a console!..."

No wonder RussellGorall is worried...:)

ernelson1976
ernelson1976

@jthotty Bushnell was forced out of Atari in 1978, when the company was at its peak. The company that calls itself Atari today isn't the same company, and hasn't been since 1983.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@CraigBDP one dev says that but most others including indie ones are saying the exact opposite