Playing some types of games with a keyboard and mouse allow for more precision. This is especially true of first-person shooters and real-time strategy games. But there has always been a disconnect between console and PC gamers. The controls of each platform separate the respective gamers into their own category. This in a sense creates an “us versus them” mentality that has yet to be torn down. Microsoft tried once, but PC gamers competing against Xbox 360 players turned out to be less than fair.
Rahul Sood, founder of Voodoo PC and CTO of HP’s gaming business has it on good authority to believe Microsoft was secretly trying to figure out a way to allow PC and Xbox 360 gamers to play together online. Microsoft brought in PC gamers of average skill to face off against some of the best Xbox 360 players it could find. Shockingly enough, PC ruled the day.
“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,” wrote Sood on his website.
This could be one of many reasons why Microsoft axed the project. By doing this, Rood believes PC gaming took a vital blow. Game developers could have used cross-platform play as a way to make PC gaming more innovating. The results could have carried over into the console space. Rood also feels Microsoft’s decision opened the door to a full on assault from Apple.
Though the webOS platform isn’t the place to go for gaming right now, Sood can see the tremendous potential it has to offer. He thinks webOS is the future of gaming and encourages developers to get in early if they want to make a lot of money.
Editors Note: Palm and HP merged earlier this year. Sood’s position on webOS is naturally affected by this.