Sunday, May 15, 2005

Halo 3 due in Spring 2006
Posted by JayGo :: 11:20 AM

Anyone would think that Microsoft were promoting a new console or something. There's a big interview with Bill Gates in the new issue of Time Magazine, and yes, he speaks at length about XBox 360. Here's the edited highlights:
Note to the hard-core faithful: the next version of Halo will not, repeat not, be ready in time for the launch of Xbox 360. It will be part of the all-important second wave next spring. "It's perfect," Gates says, radiant with bloodlust. "The day Sony launches [the new PlayStation], and they walk right into Halo 3." Microsoft is expected to announce that Xbox 360 will play Halo 2 and other Xbox games.
Slightly ruthless of them, if not unexpected. And then there's this frank admission:
"We're not gonna get so everybody in the family loves this thing just with sports and shooters and racers," Gates admits. "We're gonna have to fund, both internally and externally, some high-risk genres and see if those can stick. We can't just stay with the tried and true."
Hurrah! And as for a potential killer app:
Right now you can use Xbox Live to talk to people you're playing with via voice chat—think free long distance over the Internet. Soon you will also be able to send e-mail and instant messages. If you have a camera peripheral, you will be able to send short video messages and even videoconference. And here's an important point: with Xbox 360, you don't even have to be playing a game. You will be able to chat with other people over Xbox Live when you're just plain watching TV. The words appear over the show, or you can chat aloud using a headset.
To read the full article, go to the Gaming Age forums by clicking here.

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