Natbro on the failure of the Xbox ecosystem:
My gripe is that, as usual, Microsoft has jumped its own shark and is out stomping through the weeds planning and talking about far-flung future strategies in interactive television and original programming partnerships with big dying media companies when their core product, their home town is on fire, their soldiers, their developers, are tired and deserting, and their supply-lines are broken.
Microsoft has been trying to shove Kinect down everybody’s throat. Meanwhile, the idea of a Steam Box is very exciting. It shouldn’t have even gotten to that.
Why is Valve the biggest digital retailer of games on Windows? (Because Valve is easier to work with, they welcome the indies, and they don’t charge $10,000 just for the opportunity to develop for their platform.)
That’s what Microsoft should have been.