I don’t mind not having backwards compatibility myself, but I’m a little disappointed that there might not be a hard drive. I can understand the lack of backwards compatibility to be a big deal though.
“xbox will have this, but can get more if the ps3 has more …”
isn’t that leaving the initiative and Xbox’s bottom line in the hands of another rival corporation??
can’t microsoft just go, these are the specs (what we can affordably put into the box), and we are proud of what we make, damned if those sony folks can think they can do better … and just make a damned good machine?
sounds so wishy washy … the article might be a bit biased …
I’m sure it cost that when the Xbox launched. I doubt that MS is paying that much for the drives now. If they are… heck, I’ll volunteer to be their new supplier.[/quote]
People think hard drive costs scale and they don’t. At least not well. The mechanical parts and interface remain fairly stable, so the extra cost is in the platters and heads. So, a 10GB is not going to be 1/10 the cost of a 100GB drive.
Are you going from that teamxbox article? I think that was bogus - the photos they had of G5s being delivered to Microsoft were from that temp who got fired from MS[/quote]
It mentioned this in teh Mercury News article.[/quote]
Ah, I see it now… I wonder if the writer used the teamxbox post as a source - it just seems very strange to me that they’d be using G5s to do development since there are (from the mercury news article) 3 of the G5 chips in the prototypes (?!)
Yeah, I get that. But even decent 20 GB drives are retailing at $20 less than that right now. I find it hard to believe that Microsoft, buying in bulk at at wholesale, is paying nearly twice as much for a 10 GB drive as I would pay for a 20 GB drive at CompUSA.
It’s not surprising. Sega Genesis development was done on Amigas because they had the same chip that was in the Genesis. That’s typical as far as I’m aware. You’d know better than us though how you develop for a console that doesn’t yet exist since you’re potentially developing for one right now. ;)
Perhaps in Europe, I was most familar with the Cross Products PC hosted targets back in the day. My first experience with source level debugging, oh the luxury! The Amiga was used in (oh the irony) Atari Lynx development since it was developed at Epyx by some of the Amiga alumni.
Using a dual-processor G5 with a custom graphics board is as close as you could get until at least late this year. If they’re smart, they’ll get the IBM xlc compiler and use that to cross-compile out of VS.NET. That would rock.