CES 2008: Bill Gates Sees Xbox 360 as “Most Reliable Videogame Box”
The BBC recently had a chance to sit down and chat with Bill Gates at CES and was kind enough to lob reader questions at the Microsoft chairman. Among them was a question asking what was being done to ensure that future versions of the Xbox 360 were more reliable than what we’ve seen.
Gates’ answer sounded more like marketing speak than anything else, stating, “We certainly had to apologize to our users about a number of boxes that had to be replaced.
“We did that for free for all those people; we’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback about the way we handled it. We’ve got incredible reliability on the new work that we’ve done, so our commitment is that it will be the most reliable video game box out there.”
“People really love the Xbox because of the content, but we’ve got to make sure that the hardware never stands in the way of that.”
Claiming that it will be the most reliable videogame system seems like a rather grandiose claim, given the sheer amount of hardware failures that have been experienced in the console’s first two years on the market.