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Microsoft originally tried to partner with Nintendo and Sony before the Xbox was reality


Posted on June 24, 2016 by Rectify Gaming

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Lets take a small history lesson, I promise it will be interesting though. Before Microsoft went into the development of home consoles, they first tried to partner with other well respected companies. These companies if you didn’t guess was Sony and Nintendo. In a interview with IGN, Xbox co-creator Ed Fries put more light into the subject.
 “When we first started thinking about doing Xbox we met with Nintendo and we sat down with Iwata and others and we said, ‘This is what we want to do. Could we partner? Could we work together on this?’ And basically they said no.
“Then Bill Gates met with Sony,” Fries added. “Same deal. ‘Can we work together? Can we partner?’ And they said no.”
A interesting fact about this is that Microsoft offered to do the software and networking of the console while Sony would make the hardware. Fries also included this comment when asked about the rumors that Microsoft tried to buy Nintendo.
“If anyone ever thought about buying Nintendo, I never heard that.”
So there you have it, Microsoft got rejected both times after asking to partner with Sony and Nintendo, but why? The most logical answer is that both companies didn’t want to spend the extra resources and time into making a different console. They would rather want to focus all of their energy into making their own products. And if Microsoft joined the console industry then that would be another competitor.
This isn’t surprising actually. When Sony wanted to join the rising market of video games, they teamed up with Nintendo. That relationship didn’t go far however, they were only able to make a small prototype before Nintendo ditched on them.
It seems that since the last couple of generations of consoles its been every company for them selves. However, it looks like Microsoft is the only company who have tried to team up with others. We saw this a couple months ago when Xbox invited Sony to have a cross-network platform for both of their consoles, sadly they also got rejected from that deal, (Sony said they were thinking about it).
So what will happen in the future? Will Microsoft try to partner with other companies to make a product? What else can we see in the console future? We will just have to wait and see. #StayRectified
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