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 Apr 28, 2005 - 01:02 PM - by Michael
* Robert Bach on Future of the Industry

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Some interesting Xbox360 stuff - Robert Bach (speaking on Gamespot) wants it to be all about the games.

"The role that technology plays is, for a large part, to get out of the way," Bach said. If Bach's comments are any indication, Microsoft's next console, rumored to be called the Xbox 360, will be all about the games. Bach has no love for the all-in-one entertainment devices that were once supposed to be the future of the industry; he's only interested in adding functions that enhance the gameplay experience. For instance, this morning he touted the Xbox's ability to rip music, which gamers can listen to in-game, but which wasn't meant to replace a traditional sound system. He also pointed out that Sony's PSP portable, while a strong gaming platform, had to make compromises on its other functions, such as a DVD player that will only play specially made discs.
I'm glad to see things like this coming out; while being able to play DVDs and music is cute, I don't buy consoles for that, I buy them to play games on.

When you start making an all-in-one machine, it may sound cool, but it adds so much to the price for so little reward; most gamers already have stand-alone devices that do the same thing.

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