The latest interesting gaming rumour we’ve spotted (via TechRadar) revolves around Microsoft, and the idea that once upon a time, the company was going to implement cross-platform gaming so PC players could take on Xbox’ers online in games like Unreal and Gears of War.
According to the Founder of Voodoo PC (now CTO of HP’s gaming business) Rahul Sood, the idea was tested at MS, but reliable sources said that the PC players beat the console gamers consistently.
Not because the PC players were superior gamers, but mainly due to the control mechanism of the keyboard and mouse versus the Xbox controller. Certainly when it comes to first-person shooters, there’s no way a controller stick can match the accuracy and speed of the flick of a mouse.
Indeed, Sood says they pitted excellent console players against mediocre PC guys, and those on the PC didn’t just beat but “destroyed” their console brethren.
Sood says on his blog: “The console players got destroyed every time. So much so that it would be embarrassing to the Xbox team in general had Microsoft launched this initiative. Is this why the project was killed who knows, but I’d love to hear from anyone involved – what happened?”
Sood goes on to argue that had this project been kept alive, it could have resulted in the integration of the Xbox into the PC.
That’s a bit of a leap, but we’ll certainly agree it’s a shame it was killed off. If nothing else, it would have brought greater player populations and choice to the servers of the slightly less popular games out there.