When Microsoft decided to enter in the console gaming industry before the year 2001, the company went to discuss the matter with Sony and Nintendo to see if they agree on developing a new console together.
Microsoft Wanted to Partner With Sony and Nintendo for Developing a Console Together
However, both Sony and Nintendo turned down Microsoft’s proposal of making a console together. Even though, Microsoft proposed to manage the software and other stuff, whereas all the hardware side would be looked after by Nintendo, but the company refused to do so.
Co-creator of Xbox, Ed Fries while speaking at the episode of IGN Unfiltered said that the company discussed for the possibility of any partnership with Nintendo’s late president Satoru Iwata, but it didn’t work out.
“When we first started thinking about doing Xbox we met with Nintendo and we sat down with Iwata and others and we said, ‘This is what we want to do. Could we partner? Could we work together on this?’ And basically they said no.”
But Microsoft soon after the turn down of the proposal, contacted Sony Entertainments for a similar agreement but ended up by getting the same response. The co-creator said that company’s founder, Bill Gates himself met with the head of Sony and they also rejected the proposal.
Since then, Microsoft decided to build the console by themselves and launched first ever Xbox in 2001.