A former Microsoft boss has stated that he thinks Microsoft’s upcoming Project Natal controller, rumoured to be dubbed “Wave,” will fail.
Scott Bayless, a former Microsoft studio manager who has held high level posts at Capcom, EA, Midway and Sega, is not confident about Microsoft’s handling of the controller, although he seems not criticise the hardware itself:
“When I met with Microsoft in 2008 to look at Natal I asked: ‘When will you integrate this into the 360?’
Their response was: ‘We’re probably going to wait and see on that.’ To which I said: Then you’re going to fail.'”
He goes on to explain that he thinks the controller will only serve to fragment the Xbox 360 market, not drastically expand it to families and little old ladies as Microsoft apparently hopes:
“Plays like this always fragment and the disincentive to developers is powerful; when I’m spending tens of millions on a game, the last thing I want to do is lose 90 per cent of my market.”