Saturday June 25, 2016

Microsoft Tried Partnering With Nintendo And Sony Before Making Xbox

I wonder what the console industry would be like today if Nintendo or Sony agreed to work with Microsoft on putting out a product. Those old rumors about Microsoft ever wanting to buy Nintendo have also now been dispelled.

Xbox co-creator Ed Fries replied, "When we first started thinking about doing Xbox we met with Nintendo and we sat down with Iwata and others and we said, 'This is what we want to do. Could we partner? Could we work together on this?' And basically they said no." Fries went on to note that Microsoft offered to handle the software and networking side of things while Nintendo would be in charge of the hardware, and they could team up to release a product, but the company wasn't interested.