Ex-Xbox executive says Microsoft ‘encouraged’ console wars in the 360 ​​era

Peter Moore, a former Xbox executive, revealed that Microsoft “encouraged console wars” in the Xbox 360 era to spur competition between itself and Sony.


This was stated during the Front Office podcast (spotted by IGN), Moore clarifying that it was not done to create division, “but to challenge each other”.

Of course, Sony was also guilty of this at times, with PlayStation’s E3 2013 game sharing video being a blow to initial plans for heavy DRM restrictions on the Xbox One.

Moore continued, “If Microsoft hadn’t followed the course after Xbox, after the red rings of death, gaming would be a poorer place for it, you wouldn’t have the competition you have today. »

The “Red Ring of Death” was a widespread hardware malfunction that plagued early iterations of the 360 ​​console, causing many systems to display three red lights when powering up, as opposed to the usual three green lights that would form a ring . The cause was the console’s temperature fluctuations which broke the components inside, with systems going from cold to hot too often when turned on and off again.

This ended up being a huge thorn in the side of gamers and Microsoft, with many having to send their consoles back to the manufacturer for repair, take them to hardware stores to fix them, or buy a new system. It was later revealed that in total it had cost Microsoft $1.15bn (£950m), with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer having to provide the funds himself.

Xbox 360. Credit: Microsoft

Over time, the console war has been downplayed by Microsoft and Sony, with Xbox head Phil Spencer going so far as to state that the game he most wants to play right now is the next PlayStation exclusive. God of War: Ragnarök.

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