Atari Founder: Next Xbox to Outsell the PlayStation 4

by William D'Angelo, posted on 04 April 2013 / 9,066 Views

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.


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16 Comments

NYANKS (on 04 April 2013)

Eh, if anything PS Plus has had the edge over Live of late, people started to notice a while ago. The deals are Steam-like. As for games each develops, Sony wins in quality and breadth. As for MS having lots of money to burn, that can't be argued.


scat398 (on 04 April 2013)

I'm sorry but this comment is just silly. He was speaking in terms of Xbox live architecture and huge market share, whether you believe Psn+ is better than live has no bearing on his statement or the fact Microsoft is at a huge advantage with Xbox live.

In addition everything he said has been backed up by the development community for years. Developers in general prefer Microsoft over Sony because they do have better development tools.


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mutantclown (on 04 April 2013)

This guy doesn't know much about the new SCE and the PS4.


ironmanDX (on 05 April 2013)

Do you? You must for that rebuttal. You can't disagree with someone just "coz", well actually you can but your opinion has little merit. He knows a lot more about this industry than you or I.


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pezus (on 06 April 2013)

@ironman: We DO know that their software tools this time will be way better this time than for PS3. Not to mention the hardware itself (as in dev friendly).


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FujiokaMidori (on 05 April 2013)

Says the guy who's company steped from being the lead innovator in home consoles, to make Dragonball Z games every year.


Weedlab (on 05 April 2013)

Stick to drinking prune juice and playing bingo, gran pa. Way too soon to call.


the_dengle (on 04 April 2013)

Has this guy been remotely relevant to video games since 1978? Props for founding Atari but what does he know about the market... or the next Xbox, for that matter?


cmeese47 (on 04 April 2013)

Hey also says mobile phone games are dead this is not the 80's anymore Bushnell and Atari are neither no longer relevant


prayformojo (on 08 April 2013)

The fact is, MS is better at creating software because they are a software company. Sony has always been a hardware company, and it showed with how poorly the PS3's UI functioned in comparison to the 360s. THAT'S what makes the 360 better, how smooth and functional it is. I agree with the notion that the PS3 had a better library, but that's it. As far as everything else? As long as you were willing to pay for XBL Gold, the 360 was a better user experience.


Araknie (on 08 April 2013)

#Dealwithit.


mike_intellivision (on 05 April 2013)

Until we know more about the systems, any predictions are WAGs (wild-arse-guesses).


TaterTurds (on 05 April 2013)

i did not know that Dick Van Dyke was the founder of Atari, lol, with MS now alienating about 30 to 40 percent of gamers with its always online talk, i think the ps4 will trounce the next crapbox


LivingMetal (on 05 April 2013)

Remember folks "atari" is Japanese for success. So Bushnell, how successful were you with your predictions of the PS3 before its launch.


Mazty (on 05 April 2013)

What a tit. Devs have already spoken about how easy it is to program for the PS4. Old man should keep quiet as he hasn't a clue what he is on about. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/gaming/news/a461011/watch-dogs-will-be-pushed-further-on-ps4-easier-to-develop-for.html


ryuzaki57 (on 05 April 2013)

What about exclusives? ROFL


superdynamite (on 04 April 2013)

This statement comes from a company whos last good games were Pac-Man and Pitfall (1980 & 1982). When Atari goes "NextGen" in the year 3025 I will value their opinions and comments.


the_dengle (on 04 April 2013)

Pac-Man was made by Namco. The Atari 2600 version of Pac-Man was notoriously bad.


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ironmanDX (on 05 April 2013)

Without him the video game market could be smaller or worse non existent... Why the disrespect? He was a pioneer for the industry... I doubt he values your opinion at all or even know of your existence.


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newgroundsguru (on 04 April 2013)

Thanks Nolan Bushnell, hey how is Atari doing?


Skrunch-a-tron (on 04 April 2013)

wha... what was that Mr. Bushnell? I couldn't hear you over the sound of that JAGUAR roaring in the background. Poor fella sounds like he could run about -5200- miles. I really wish some kinda EXTRA TERRESTRIAL would swoop down and let that son-of-gun free so I could here what you had to say.


BuckStud (on 04 April 2013)

You do realize that Nolan was not at Atari during any of those things, right?


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BuckStud (on 04 April 2013)

You do realize that Nolan was not at Atari during any of those things, right?


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BuckStud (on 04 April 2013)

You do realize that Nolan was not at Atari during any of those things, right?


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Devil_Survivor (on 04 April 2013)

Looks the Atari/Bushnell one man army defense force is out in force lol.


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WagnerPaiva (on 05 April 2013)

Well done.


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ironmanDX (on 05 April 2013)

You all thumbed him down for giving you a bit of information in his rebuttal/rhetorical question? Why so serious?

Why so sad actually.....


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pezus (on 06 April 2013)

The comment is hilarious even though Nolan might have not been at Atari lol


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