Atari founder, and one of the Godfathers of gaming, Nolan Bushnell, says that he’s betting on Microsoft to win the next-gen battle and beat the PlayStation 4. Bushnell thinks so because he believes that Microsoft’s software development tools are easier to use than Sony’s — even though most developers are yet to see either the PlayStation 4’s or the Xbox 720 software tools. Bushnell said:
“I personally believe Microsoft is in a superior position, and the reason is Sony, whenever they change consoles, the software tools that they have are lame”
He added that in the past, a lot of the PlayStation documentation and software was in Japanese and not well structured, which made the consoles a pain to develop for.
While Bushnell’s quotes may be accurate in the past — the PS3 was by far the most difficult console to develop for — Sony has taken in this sort of criticism and feedback from developers when making the PlayStation 4. Not only is it based on much simpler hardware architecture, Sony has created easier tools and APIs for developers to use, according to the game makers themselves.
Bushnell had more harsh words for Sony, saying that the company needs to “get their action together” and fix their online infrastructure which he deems “god awful”.
With the exception of Bushnell, all developers so far have been positive about creating games on the PlayStation 4. We’re not sure if Bushnell has access to the PlayStation 4 development kit, as he hasn’t been directly involved in the video game business for many years. But occasionally, he pops up seemingly out of nowhere and shares his “opinions”.