NEWS - Tuesday, January 22, 2002

Binary 9 Studios on Xbox?

GBA and GameCube developer Binary 9 Studios, based in the UK, hasn’t been around for more than six months but already has high hopes to establish itself as a well respected and highly sought after developer in the European and worldwide gaming community. To do this, they know they must expand their horizons and bring their attributes to as many gamers they can possibly reach on platforms such as the Microsoft Xbox and Sony PlayStation2. We prefer the Xbox.

Anyway, Binary 9 Studios is currently developing their first game ever, Pinball Advance (working title), for the industry leading handheld Nintendo Game Boy Advance. We were just wondering if this upstart company has something up their sleeves for the Xbox and low and behold!, here it is, CVG kept Xbox in mind in an interview they did with Stewart Gilray, MD of the growing company:

CVG: Apart from GBA and Gamecube development, do you have plans to work with Xbox and PS2? What are your views on the relative strengths and weaknesses of the three main next-gen machines?

Gilray - We are in discussions with various companies about projects, which we plan to bring to all three platforms.

I think to a degree the machines are on a relatively similar par with one another. PS2 is the old machine of the bunch now, but some of the titles starting to appear now show there is some serious power in the machine. Xbox has some nice graphics power in it, but I personally feel another processor should have been in there, perhaps the Intel Itanium chip, which is a 64bit chip, compared the 32bit Pentium III.

Microsoft has created a machine that is easy to develop for - perhaps too easy. I’m still not entirely convinced that it will be as successful as Microsoft needs it to be.

Gamecube is a wonderful machine: it has the power whilst being a lot easier to develop for than the PS2, although I’m unsure if the western markets will see the ability to link it to a GBA as important.

Oh okay, they may sound a little GameCube biased but an upstart company would look to keep its neck above the water, B9S chose GameCube, so if you’re interest just check out the rest of the interview by clicking here. And after that, shoot them off some e-mails and let them know that Xbox is definitely a better choice. Just the simple fact of it being too easy to develop for and show off great titles like Halo and Project Gotham Racing, should be convincing enough. With the support of you guys, we might just see something come out of it.


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