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ZDNet: Microsoft's X-Box to take on Sony

Oct 26, 1999, 17:34 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dean Takahashi)

"Microsoft... may pour billions of dollars over four years into developing and promoting a home video game console, code-named X-Box, said one person who has been briefed on Microsoft's plans. Microsoft's proposed machine, a hybrid akin to a PC that plugs into a television to play games, is expected to be manufactured to the company's specifications by PC makers or subcontractors."

"People familiar with the situation say Microsoft has decided against using microprocessor chips from Intel Corp., the company's longtime partner in PCs, and is strongly considering using Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s Athlon microprocessor. ... The Microsoft machine also is expected to use a graphics processor called GeForce, from Nvidia Corp... [Envisioneering Group analyst Rick] Doherty believes that X-Box will use a new hybrid of Windows 98 and a variant of Windows NT that Microsoft designed for non-PC applications. Notably absent is Windows CE..."

"The potential competition with Sony has been building for months. Ken Kutaragi, president of Sony Computer Entertainment, has touted the upcoming Playstation 2 not as a simple video game machine but as a connected device that can handle Web surfing, electronic commerce and other chores and that is easier to use than a PC. In one recent speech, Kutaragi said Sony's future lies in 'networked digital entertainment.' "

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