GameInformer.com recently snagged an interview with the two big-hitters of the Xbox 360 team, J Allard and Peter Moore.
The lengthy interview covered a lot of different topics, with Allard revealing that the hard drive for the 360 will come packed with an audio album, a casual game called Hexic and a “making of Xbox 360″ video.
Allard also saved a bit of scepticism for Kutaragi’s Playstation 3, questioning why Sony’s list of claims about the console haven’t been backed up with much proof, and suggested Sony have a lot of work ahead of the console launching next year:
I hope that Sony’s nervous right now, honestly, because the launch lineup looks great. They’ve shown two really good movies and a picture of a console that doesn’t have any ventilation holes in the cabinet. I mean, their list of claims vs. their list of proof, there’s a big gap to close between now and spring 06. So if I’m in Sony’s shoes I’m a little nervous now because our lineup looks great, our hardware’s the same, we got a kick ass online service that just got better, our media support is really really good, and we got the industrial design right. If I’m sitting in Mr. Kutaragi’s shoes I’ve got a lot of work to do between now and spring.
On the subject of the 360′s other main competition, Nintendo Revolution and it’s remote-like controller, Allard said he had dreamt up a similar idea 4 years ago, but later discarded it because consultation with developers and gamers didn’t yield much enthusiasm:
Four years ago I wrote an email treaty and said, “Why aren’t accelerometers in remote controls? Why can’t I scroll down my channel guide with a gesture instead of up, up, up, up? So I think that’s interesting. We did a lot of research with gamers, talk to a lot of game developers and said, “Should we put an accelerometer in there and do the tilt thing?” And there wasn’t that much enthusiasm around it.
I don’t think most Electronic Arts games are going to be played with that thing. I think they’re going to be designed for the classic controller.