Shane Kim Says First to 100M Wins
Some people got the vibe from Microsoft that they were declaring victory with their ten million sold in the U.S. announcement, but Shane Kim thinks it’s way too early for anyone to call the current console war.
“Are we just amusing ourselves by trying to declare a winner and loser while the customers are still out there deciding?” Kim said in an interview with Game|Life. “[T]his is only the third year of our existence and only the second year of Sony and Nintendo’s existence.”
Kim had some strangely worded logic when the interviewer pointed out that, last generation, the winner was clear by the point. Kim said, “It’s a lot different, though, this time, right? The winner of the last generation was the winner of the previous generation. They were building off that kind of success. The winner of last generation isn’t the winner of this generation, they’re in third.
“So now you’re talking about a completely different company, a very good company but not a company that has won a generation in quite a long time. Will they get to expand beyond 35, 40 million to 100 million? Will anybody? I mean, that’s going to be an interesting thing to see: Will there be a clear-cut winner like there has been in the last two generations?”
And Kim of course gave the typical, “We don’t confirm on rumors or speculation” when asked about the rumored 360 motion controller. But he also said that they “don’t have anything like that under development” which he “can confirm or deny.” The wording on that is a bit fishy, so the interviewer pushed him a little more, leading him to say the following:
If you want to say that that means we’re working on something, that’s up to you. Here’s my point about hardware: You know that we’re investing pretty heavily into hardware, online services, and content. And regardless of what that underlying technology is, we’re going to continue to push innovation in a whole bunch of different places. Whether that’s in motion-sensing or some other area, we’ll see.
So, what do you think? Does Microsoft have a motion-sensing controller, or is Kim being honest in his denial?