Microsoft’s Mattrick says he doesn’t think compatibility is really a problem. He said only 5% of customers play older games on a new videogame system anyway, so spending time and money to develop technology to allow them to play older games isn’t worth it.
“If you’re backwards compatible, you’re really backwards,” he said.
But plugging a cable box into a video game console is forward thinking.
Okay. Got it.
After all, worked out so well for Microsoft in the 90s.
YouTube user Darkbeatdk took it upon himself to sum up today’s Xbox One reveal in 1.5 minutes. Suffice it to say Microsoft knows where the future of Xbox lies: TV, TV, TV, Sports, Sports, TV, Call of Duty, Dog.
Not to spoil the ending, but this stood out to me:
My data was intact save for the last thing I’d worked on–a spreadsheet containing a client’s account numbers and passwords. It seems that Google’s engineers determined this single document violated policy and locked down my entire account. My request to get that document back is still pending.
…as the show prepared for its new season, which begins April 7, its creator, Matthew Weiner, inspired by a childhood memory of lush, painterly illustrations on T.W.A. flight menus, decided to turn back the promotional clock. He pored over commercial illustration books from the 1960s and ’70s and sent images to the show’s marketing team, which couldn’t quite recreate the look he was after.
“Finally,” he said, “they just looked up the person who had done all these drawings that I really loved, and they said: ‘Hey, we’ve got the guy who did them. And he’s still working. His name is Brian Sanders.’ ”
Sources believe the network will bring in Fallon partly out of concern about the competition on ABC, which moved younger-skewing Jimmy Kimmel to the 11:35 time slot in January. “The more time Jimmy Kimmel is in that slot, the more the young audience goes that way, the harder it is for Jimmy [Fallon] to keep that audience,” says a source familiar with the network’s thinking.
I really got to hope that NBC isn’t stupid enough to let “fear” rule against Leno… again. I’m not fan of the man, however, he still brings in big late-night numbers for the network. Just not in the coveted 18-49 demogrpahic, those are skewing towards Kimmel.
The only reason the Peacock might considered dumping Jay is money. Leno, the star, costs the network around $15 million a year - although this was reduced last year from the original $30 million. Additionally, advertising revenue on The Tonight Show is also down according to The Wall Street Journal.
Fallon won’t bring in bigger numbers, but he’s better for the bottom line.
There’s a larger conversation here about how so many of our recent technological “innovations” are the by-products of childhood wish fulfillment. After all, what is Google Glass but a cyberpunk enthusiast’s wet dream?