Salon Magazine heeft een artikel gepost over next-generation game consoles, zoals de Dreamcast en Playstation 2. Met features zoals DVD playback en internet toegang beginnen deze doosjes steeds meer PC-achtige mogelijkheden te krijgen en worden daarmee door Microsoft als een mogelijke bedreiging gezien... zie daar de X-Box:
One thing it's thinking is, "Windows everywhere" -- a Microsoft slogan. The company wants Windows running not only on personal computers, but on palmtops, cable-system set-top boxes -- and game consoles, too. It wants to own the very concept of the operating system. One motivation must surely be to get Windows into the console market, even if that means Microsoft has to go it alone.
But perhaps a stronger motivation is fear of Sony. Playstation 2 will play DVDs and audio CDs. Shortly after its release, Sony will produce an ethernet-plus-hard-drive add-on that will enable Playstation 2 to connect to a cable modem. It's announced that Playstation 2 will be a "platform for Internet-based electronic distribution of digital content in 2001" -- beginning with downloading games via broadband, but ultimately including video on demand and God knows what all.
The suits are dreaming of convergence. Sony wants Playstation 2 to be more than a game machine; it wants it to be the center of your electronic life, your cable set-top box, your video and audio player, your Web browser, your e-commerce machine. The dreams may be based more on corporate arrogance and lip service to the mantra of "convergence" than on any hard analysis, but Microsoft takes it seriously. It views Playstation 2 as a threat -- not to Microsoft's own game business, which is tiny, but to Microsoft's ambitions, because Microsoft wants to be the center of your electronic life.
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