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Microsoft killed PC/Xbox 360 cross platform project

It’s something probably most gamers would want to see. With millions of players on both sides of the gaming coin, it’s almost a match made in heaven right?

A supposed feature of Microsoft’s Live gaming service was the ability for Xbox 360 players to compete against PC players in a multiplayer game.  According to Rahul Sood, CTO of HP’s gaming business, the Microsoft project was intended to promote PC gaming but was canned after testing showed those using PCs consistently bested their console counterpart.

Now in case you were wondering Microsoft’s test subjects were made of the best PC gamers and mediocre console players, it’s actually the other way around.  “The console players got destroyed every time”, Sood says. “So much so that it would be embarrassing to the XBOX team in general had Microsoft launched this initiative.”

In hindsight however, the result of the test isn’t really at all surprising.  Why?  Because no matter how much a game is tweaked for a console controller, it’s still inferior to the range of movement and in experience to using a keyboard and mouse.

Too bad we’ll probably never know the reason behind the cancellation as until Microsoft starts confirming things, this still sits in the rumor bin.  A rumor that’s likely to fan the PC vs console flame war again.

source Rahul Sood’s blog, via SlashGear

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