The Sydney Morning Herald schrijft dat Microsoft AustraliŽ afgelopen vrijdag bij de release van de X-Box een kleine blunder heeft gemaakt. MS Aussie meende dat de X-Box van een Athlon processor voorzien was, dit terwijl ome Bill op het laatste moment een deal met Intel was aangegaan:
Microsoft Australia has been forced into an embarrassing about-face after naming the wrong supplier of computer chips for its forthcoming TV-game machine, the X-Box.
[...] Last week various US computer news sites were quoting "unnamed sources" as saying Microsoft had chosen Intel's Pentium III chip for the X-Box, which will go up against Sony's PlayStation2, Sega's Dreamcast and a yet-to-be released successor to the Nintendo64.
But surprised Australian journalists were told by Microsoft Australia's marketing director, Mr Peter Cray, during a telephone conference call at 2pm on Friday, that AMD had won the contract.
"AMD put forward a great processor which was suited to what we're trying to do with X-Box," Mr Cray said. "We'll continue to deal with Intel on a range of other products."
What Mr Cray did not know was that Intel had swooped with an 11th-hour proposal, snatching the deal away from AMD. He confirmed yesterday that Microsoft had signed with Intel "at the last minute". "The last we heard was AMD. It was down to the wire."