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Atari founder Nolan Bushnell favors Xbox 720, says “Microsoft will win next-gen”

Atari founder and gaming visionary Nolan Bushnell has recently spoken out on his belief that Microsoft will reign triumphantly in the next-gen war, praising the Xbox 720's "strong software tools" as the console's saving grace.

In a recent segment featured on GameTrailers.com, Atari founder Nolan Bushnell has named Microsoft his personal victor in the next-gen war and has openly praised the Xbox 720's "powerful software tools" which he believes will stand tall against Sony's PlayStation 4.

To support his claim, Bushnell further remarks that Sony will be held back by "lame" and "difficult-to-understand software tools", regardless of the company's stance on making things easier for developers with the PS4.

"I personally believe Microsoft is in a superior position, and the reason is Sony, whenever they change consoles, the software tools that they have are lame," Bushnell said during GameTrailers' Rollin' With Nolan segment.
"A lot of times in the past they were in Japanese; not well documented and getting the software development community up to speed…they may have been able to do it in Japan, but the American software community just says 'Oh boy, what a pain.'
A lot of people don't realize how strong the software community is at making the hardware platform sing and dance."
Bushnell's stance on Sony's PlayStation 4 is interesting, considering the PS4 has been met with both acclaim and praise by many developers including Gearbox Software's CEO Randy Pitchford, id Software's John Carmack, and even Avalanche Studios' Linus Blomberg made a comment saying that the "PS4 will outpower most PC's for years to come".
Additionally, Sony has promised a new wave of simplicity in terms of game development for the PS4, which may open up new doors in terms of efficiency and overall satisfaction for developers as a whole. 
Bushnell further contends that software drives hardware sales, and claims that Microsoft will surpass Sony in this regard and thusly become victorious in the next-gen battle. 
"Microsoft, because of their strong software tools, will end up with much better products sooner [and] easier, in my estimation," Bushnell continued. "With that, I think will be an advantage. And also don't forget, Microsoft actually has so much money to defend this. 
Plus, they have a good infrastructure with the [Xbox Live Arcade], with their online world."
The Atari founder also presented Sony's PlayStation Network as a shortcoming, stating that Sony "really needs to get their action together" and fix the "god awful" online service. 
On the topic of essential important features for next-gen consoles, Nolan Bushnell spoke highly of the Oculus Rift and counted virtual reality integration as "really important" for future consoles–as long as latency is held in check. Bushnell also said that next-gen consoles should feature 1TB hard drives, citing the current affordability of internal memory.
Bushnell's stance on the ongoing next-gen battle is certainly a unique perspective, yet since Microsoft has yet to reveal the console in question we don't have anything solid to go by other than Microsoft's actions in the past. It's definitely interesting to see Bushnell's point of view on the matter considering he's been in the gaming industry for so long, and we'll most likely find out more about the Xbox 720 in the upcoming months.

Derek Strickland
Derek is an avid fan of gaming and everything geeky, and is compelled to make his mark in the field of games journalism. When he's not gaming on a console (everything from SNES to X360) you can find him reading about ancient civilizations or enjoying a fantasy epic or two.

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