Microsoft Took PS2 Apart for Reference While Developing the Original Xbox

Discussion in 'Gaming News Discussion' started by Calliers, Jan 10, 2021.

  1. Calliers

    Calliers Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2004
    Messages:
    56,466
    Likes Received:
    4,152
    Trophy Points:
    139
    Former Microsoft executives who were involved in the development of the original Xbox have told Bloomberg in an interview that the team tore down a PlayStation 2 for reference while designing the console.

    After Bill Gates showcased a prototype of the Xbox at Game Developers Conference, the design team was tasked with turning it into a retail product. Head of Xbox at the time, Rick Thompson, ended up resigning because he was concerned about the costs associated with the project.

    “I don’t know how you go to work every day, where you build more boxes to lose more money,” Thompson told Bloomberg while explaining his decision to resign. “We’d made plush dolls, mice and keyboards and reference-design stuff, but never a project like this,” added Robbie Bach, who took over Thompson’s role and became the second head of Xbox. The team then decided to tear a PS2 down.

    “In the old days, there weren’t companies that did tear-downs, so we actually had to take a PS2, we took the entire thing apart, put it on a giant wood board,” explained Aaron Greenberg, who still works at Microsoft. “We did a whole competitive review, and we went through every component, every piece and priced it out and tried to figure out how many screws and how much did it cost.”

    [​IMG]
    ____________________
    Source: playstationlifestyle.net
     

Share This Page

visited