Did MS Ditch Cross-Platform Gaming Because Console Gamers Got Owned?

Ever wonder who would win in a game between PC gamers and console gamers? If so, a little test that Microsoft is rumored to have run may interest you.

According to Rahul Sood (founder of Voodoo PC and now with HP), Microsoft had a project in the works that would have allowed PC gamers and console gamers to play head to head with each other. Apparently, the project was canceled because console gamers were getting worked over by the PC gamers.

These weren’t just random players, either. MS pitted the best console gamers against mediocre PC gamers, and still the PC gamers were consistently owning the console players.

Now, this doesn’t surprise me all that much. After all, the PC’s mouse and keyboard allows for much more precise control, especially in first-person shooter titles. That’s one reason I rarely ever play FPS titles on my consoles.

Still, it would have been a blast to have cross-platform play in some titles, and it would likely have resulted in a lot of games coming to PC that are currently only available on consoles.

Maybe Microsoft’s recent announcement that they are still committed to the PC will result in a re-examination of this project. Only time will tell.

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3 Comments on Did MS Ditch Cross-Platform Gaming Because Console Gamers Got Owned?

Neil

On July 23, 2010 at 8:51 am

That was back in 2006 when vista was coming out, along with the halo 2 thing where you could play the game while it was installing. What a fail it was by microsoft, they need to really make windows better, 7 was okay but not much different to vista, they need to make it more like a mac leopard. Over expensive, but I think the OS is very good, If only they could play more games and came standard on every PC instead of windows.

Zen

On July 25, 2010 at 5:25 am

They tried that with Shadowrun I thought. Even had an achievement called “mine is the superior platform” or so I’m told lol. I think ut3 for ps3 had some cross platform functionality too, but the players were separated from each other because the PC gamers were owning.

Just like everything else, it’s a business model. Microsoft is really good at not giving the customer too much high tech stuff. They will market it when John Q. Public becomes educated and aware of the technology and wants to buy it. Baby steps. :D

I think consoles and PC players should be able to play together on certain titles just because it’s fun. So what you get owned, it happens, no biggie. Players should be able to play with the system they are most comfy with.

Shawn

On November 2, 2011 at 6:01 pm

MS shud keep mouse and controller seperated in the name of fun gaming. If one side has a distinct advantage, there shud be different divisions like in boxing and MMS fighting with weight classes.