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Peter Moore speaks

Pointing out the biggest successes of the new generation, Moore promoted Xbox Live and its Marketplace component. Moore attributed this success to the explosive popularity of the Achievements system ("It's huge!" Moore exclaimed) and Xbox Live Arcade. The key to Arcade's acceptance, Moore felt, was that it was "audience broadening" and allowed smaller developers an opportunity to explore other game genres not typically available.

When asked about the shortcomings and kinks that accompanied the Japanese launch of the 360, Moore stated that Microsoft had been "disappointed when we came to launch." He elaborated that most of this disappointment stemmed from the lack of heavy Japanese titles like Dead or Alive 4 and Ninety Nine Nights available at launch. Still, Moore was quick to pick up the mood by stating that Microsoft's "relationship with Japanese publishers has never been stronger" and maintained a near manic optimism on the system's future success in the Far East. He went on to punctuate his statements by calling out upcoming Japanese published titles Blue Dragon (dropping sometime this year) and Lost Odyssey (confirmed for 2007) as perfect examples of the kind of goodies that can be expected from the Asian marketplace.

We mentioned our growing concerns over the apparent decrease in original Xbox content, citing some of the latest Xbox Live offerings of Artist of the Month music video downloads (which really only benefit 360 owners). "Progress and technology move on" stated Moore, and then quickly tempered that comment by assuring Xbox owners that they wouldn't be abandoned. As evidence of this, he highlighted Microsoft's desire for a strong 2006 holiday season ... with over 100 titles available this year for the aging platform. He went on to say, "Our goal is to start moving people from Xbox to Xbox 360," so it's odds-on that you'd best get one before the year is out.

As the Corporate Vice President of Interactive Entertainment Business in the Entertainment and Devices Division (whew!), Peter Moore is inclined to be crazy positive about the future of his platforms, but the message was clearly that we need to jump on the 360 locomotive of destiny ... or be left behind.

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