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May 16, 2005, 12:27 PM
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AoWolf
May 16, 2005, 01:33 PM
I still smile whenever I see this reposted.

macridah
May 16, 2005, 01:39 PM
I like the M$ response ...

"This is an interim development tool that will be replaced with a more powerful and comprehensive solution later."

yeah right. They love it and hate to admit it.

shamino
May 16, 2005, 02:46 PM
Of course, (it's my understanding that) these Macs are running a proprietary XBox-development operating system, not MacOS.

They could've done the same with any other 64-bit PowerPC workstation hardware. Since Mac G5s are the least expensive way to get this kind of hardware, it makes perfect sense that MS would go with them.

Letting ideology get in the way of technology development is silly. Sometimes even MS can figure this out.

Freakk123
May 16, 2005, 08:19 PM
Shamino, as I understand it you are right on. The G5's are (if I remember correctly) running a version of Windows NT (because the Xbox OS is based upon NT).

Still, the xbox 360 looks like it'll be quite impressive (as do ps3 and the nintendo revolution). I can't wait until they all come out, personally.

SPUY767
May 16, 2005, 08:34 PM
Someone needs to hijack a build of Xbox NT so we can install it on our G5s.

nagromme
May 16, 2005, 09:32 PM
I like the M$ response ...
"This is an interim development tool that will be replaced with a more powerful and comprehensive solution later."

Well, OF COURSE :D

If they stick with PowerMacs, PowerMacs will keep getting more powerful into the future.

And more logically, they'll switch to X-Box 360s--dev versions, at least, when X-Box 360s exist. That too is in the future.

So yes, future computer equipment will be more powerful than past computer equipment.

A pretty meaningless statement, but I guess it gives MS a way to downplay the fact that they need Macs :)

All very amusing that MS is using Macs and PowerPCs for X-Box 360, at a time when some people are fond of whining that Macs can't play games, and that Apple should switch to x86 :D