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IT-Director: The X-Box - who cares what operating system it uses?

Mar 14, 2000, 07:29 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jabberwocky)

"From the user perspective, the operating system on a games console should be entirely invisible. Whatever happens behind the scenes should be irrelevant because the user will never program it directly, or interact with it except through the external interface. The subsidiary question is why should the IT profession concern itself about a games machine anyway?"

"...the games console will not just be used for gaming, but will be the de-facto Internet access device for most households with an average or above average disposable income. It will therefore be the client end of the eCommerce platform."

"So far Microsoft has kept quiet about the nature of the operating system inside the X-Box. Given the other things that are happening to Microsoft right now, is it likely that Java will be a supported environment? Probably not. It is generally expected that Microsoft will use the X-Box as another means for raising the profile of DirectX. If the X-Box gains a large slice of the market, future Web sites will have to take this into account when they build their content. And if DirectX components are deployed instead of Java applets, then this will have a knock-on impact on other types of device used for client access."

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