Xbox 360: An insider's story

Part one: The author of The Xbox 360 Uncloaked talks Microsoft, handhelds and Japan

Dean Takahashi, author of The Xbox 360 Uncloaked, knows more than most about what's going on behind the scenes at Microsoft. His new book (he also penned Opening the Xbox, about the original system) reveals exclusive details about the birth of Microsoft's next-gen hardware. We tracked this intrepid journalist down and quizzed him about the past, present and future of gaming.

GamesRadar: How difficult was it to research the book?

Dean Takahashi: I posed the idea of the book to Microsoft as early as March 2005, and I was told "OK, yeah, we'll get back to you". But when I got in contact again in August I was told "no". Everyone was too busy with Xbox 360's worldwide launch.

So, I went out to Amsterdam on my own and saw Peter Moore. He said to send him an email and make a pitch. I did, and he approved it. That meant Microsoft would make people available to me after the launch of Xbox 360.

We recommend