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Microsoft has discussed plans for a new video game console system with U.S. and Japanese game publishers, a Japanese executive involved in the talks said. Microsoft could make an announcement about a new console system by the end of October, said Yoshihiro Maruyama, the vice chairman of a U.S. joint venture between game makers Square and Electronic Arts. The system would feature common personal computer components, including a version of Microsoft's Windows operating system, an Intel microprocessor and graphics chips such as those made by 3Dfx Interactive, he said. Any move by into the video game market would come as competition intensifies and sales soar.
Console maker Sega Enterprises unveiled its Dreamcast system in the United States earlier this month and has sold more than 500,000 units. Sony plans to introduce a successor to its dominant PlayStation next year, and Nintendo is working on a new system. "The biggest player cannot ignore this market anymore," Maruyama said. "If they decide to come in, their commitment will be very firm. They could potentially be the biggest competitor to Sony."
Next Generation, a magazine for video game fans, reported recently that Microsoft is developing a set-top game console under the code name X-Box that would be powered by an Intel or Advanced Micro Devices computer chip that could make it as powerful as Sony's PlayStation 2 to be unveiled next year. "We have no announced plans to develop a separate set-top box," said Craig Mundie, senior vice president, consumer platforms. He declined to elaborate. Maruyama said he was unsure if Square, the maker of the Final Destiny series, would agree to make games for a Microsoft console. The company has had difficulties converting its PlayStation software into games, which can be played on a PC.
Maruyama said Square has sold 560,000 units of Final Fantasy VIII in the United States through its joint venture since the game was introduced on September 9. The title, which cost $30 million to make and comes on four CD-Roms, is the most popular PlayStation game in Japan, with more than 3 million units sold. Square and Electronic Arts have a similar joint venture selling Electronic Arts games in Japan. Square is focusing almost all of its development on games for the new PlayStation, Maruyama said.