Why did MS kill cross-platform play?

Ben Parfitt

When Xbox Live first made the move to PC, cross-platform play between Xbox 360 and PC gamers was very much central to Microsoft’s ambitions. So why is Shadowrun still the only high-profile game to offer the functionality.

“There was a project that got killed at Microsoft,” Voodoo PC founder and HP gaming CTO Rahul Sood stated on his blog, as spotted Gizmodo.

“This project was designed to allow console gamers and PC gamers to interact and battle over a connected environment. Personally I wish it would have stayed the course. I've heard from reliable sources that during the development they brought together the best console gamers to play mediocre PC gamers at the same game... and guess what happened? They pitted console gamers with their ‘console’ controller, against PC gamers with their keyboard and mouse.

“The console players got destroyed every time. So much so that it would be embarrassing to the Xbox team in general had Microsoft launched this initiative.”

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Tags: Microsoft , xbox 360 , pc , cross paltform

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