by Anton Shilov
04/07/2013 | 09:46 AM
Nolan Bushnell, the founder of Atari, thinks that software development tools that Sony will provide to game designers will be a way behind those by Microsoft, which will predetermine quality of early games and thus sales of hardware.
"I personally believe Microsoft is in a superior position, and the reason is Sony, whenever they change consoles, the software tools that they have are lame. A lot of times in the past they were in Japanese; not well documented and getting the software development community up to speed […] they may have been able to do it in Japan, but the American software community just says 'Oh boy, what a pain.' And a lot of people do not realize how strong the software community is at making the hardware platform sing and dance," said Nolan Bushnell in an interview with GameTrailers web-site, excepts from which were published by GameSpot web-site.
Although Sony Corp. has clearly done a good job in making the PlayStation 4 friendly to both developers and consumers, people with knowledge of the matter still think that the Japanese company will lose the next-generation console battle to Microsoft due to subpar development tools.
"Microsoft, because of their strong software tools, will end up with much better products sooner [and] easier, in my estimation. And with that, I think will be an advantage. And also don't forget, Microsoft actually has so much money to defend this. Plus, they have a good infrastructure with the [Xbox Live Arcade], with their online world," said Mr. Bushnell.
While Sony can supply moderate development tools to game designers, the PlayStation 4, at least based on specifications that we have at hands these days, will have a considerably better graphics adapter than the Xbox Next “Durango”. While the difference between video games for the two upcoming platforms may be negligible early in the lifecycle of systems, it will raise and eventually will get huge. The latter factor will determine sales of the next-gen consoles as the platform with better quality games will sell better.