Atari founder Nolan Bushnell said on GameTrailers’ Rollin’ with Nolan and reported by GameSpot that he believes that the next Xbox will outsell the PlayStation 4. The reason is that Microsoft will have the superior software tools.
“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. “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.’ And a lot of people don’t realize how strong the software community is at making the hardware platform sing and dance.”
Bushnell said that it is software that sells the hardware and Microsoft will outperform Sony, due to their resources. He also stated that Sony is behind Microsoft when it comes to the online infrastructure.
“Microsoft, because of their strong software tools, will end up with much better products sooner [and] easier, in my estimation,” sad Bushnell. “And 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.”
There is currently no concrete information on the next Xbox, but rumors put the release date this holiday season, around the same time as the PlayStation 4. There are also rumors that Microsoft will reveal the next Xbox later this month, or sometime in May ahead of E3. The Xbox 360 was unveiled in a special event in May 2005 on MTV.