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Molyneux Dissects Microsoft, Sony's E3 Performances

Peter Molyneux left his posts at Lionhead Studios and Microsoft Studios Europe back in March to form a new company, 22 Cans. The outspoken games-industry veteran isn't sitting on the sidelines in the meantime. In a new interview, Molyneux offers his perspective on Sony and Microsoft's E3 showings, along with his analysis on where the industry is heading.

In the interview with GamesIndustry International, Molyneux credits Sony for its strong first-party support, before saying that he's skeptical about the company's hardware strategy. "More and more – and this is a personal thing – I just don't know where they're going in hardware terms. They had the Move, but it wasn't as early as the Wii and it wasn't as innovational as Kinect. They seem to be third in line in that race. I have expected, every single press conference for the last year, Sony to bring out this magic rabbit out from a huge hat and say, 'Aha, world. You really don't realize what's going on.' And I do worry about them."

He offered a similarly mixed review for Microsoft. While he thinks that SmartGlass looked impressive – though he admittedly didn't understand everything about it – he was surprised by what Microsoft didn't show. "I felt there wasn't nearly as much Kinect stuff as previous years, which was a little bit of a surprise and a shock to me." Similarly, Molyneux thinks Microsoft blew a big opportunity by not spending any time during its press conference on PC gaming. "It's always shocked me about how little Microsoft cared about the Windows platform. There was hardly a single talk about Windows 8 at all. You would've thought, with a billion installed machines, there would be at least some play."

Go here to read the rest of the interview, in which he discusses why he left Lionhead and Microsoft (corporate politics), the freedom he now has, and more.

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