Xbox architects share stories from the console’s early days and discuss the future of gaming

Xbox architects share stories from the console’s early days and discuss the future of gaming

Microsoft’s celebration of the Xbox project’s 20th anniversary continued this week with the streaming debut of “Xbox Pioneers: Creativity & Innovation – Past, Present & Future,” a roundtable discussion between some of the early architects of the Xbox, recorded on Nov. 9. The topics covered included anecdotes from the start of the project, insight into what motivated some of the earliest decisions in the Xbox’s history, and predictions about what’s coming next in the video game industry. The discussion was hosted by retired Nintendo president Reggie Fils-Aimé, who seemed just as surprised to be there as anyone. He presided over a panel of Bonnie Ross, current head of Microsoft subsidiary 343 Industries, and the only panelist who still works at Microsoft; ex-Microsoft vice president Ed Fries, who’d been one of …
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