Former Microsoft executives who have been concerned within the improvement of the unique Xbox have instructed Bloomberg in an interview that the crew tore down a PlayStation 2 for reference whereas designing the console.

After Bill Gates showcased a prototype of the Xbox at Game Developers Conference, the design crew was tasked with turning it right into a retail product. Head of Xbox on the time, Rick Thompson, ended up resigning as a result of he was involved in regards to the prices related to the mission.

“I don’t know how you go to work every day, where you build more boxes to lose more money,” Thompson instructed Bloomberg whereas explaining his choice to resign. “We’d made plush dolls, mice and keyboards and reference-design stuff, but never a project like this,” added Robbie Bach, who took over Thompson’s position and have become the second head of Xbox. The crew then determined to tear a PS2 down.

“In the old days, there weren’t companies that did tear-downs, so we actually had to take a PS2, we took the entire thing apart, put it on a giant wood board,” defined Aaron Greenberg, who nonetheless works at Microsoft. “We did a whole competitive review, and we went through every component, every piece and priced it out and tried to figure out how many screws and how much did it cost.”

Then head of {hardware}, Todd Holmdahl, revealed that the crew comprised of lower than 20 individuals, who have been “naive” in regards to the complexity of the mission. This small crew not solely needed to design the product, but in addition had to determine sourcing and manufacturing methods.

Looks just like the PS2 teardown helped!

[Source: Bloomberg through GameRant]