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The Old New Thing – X-Platform Games March 25, 2004

Posted by David Card in Digital Home & Personal Tech.

The Times’ John Markoff – who should know better – thinks Microsoft’s latest attempt to enable cross-platform games is a big new strategy. Doesn’t he remember DirectX, Windows CE, and the ill-fated Sega alliance? We panned that way back in 1998.

Sure, there is a huge difference this time – Xbox actually has volume and developer support, and only one OS (Sega never really supported CE). But the differences in economics and “ecosystems” between consoles and PCs far outweigh the technical issues.

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