Microsoft has scrapped plans to allow cross-platform gaming between its Xbox 360 console and PCs.
The company had previously experimented with the idea in its 'Shadowrun' first person shooter, and had planned to make games like Gears of War and Unreal compatible with both console and PC.
The founder of Voodoo PC and the chief technology officer of HP's gaming devision, Rahul Sood, stated on his blog that the company decided to scrap the project as PC gamers would have benefited from an unfair advantage over Xbox gamers.
He explains that when Microsoft tested the concept, allowing PC gamers and Xbox gamers to face off against each other in a multi-player setup, the PC gamers consistently and emphatically beat Xbox gamers every single time.
Sood wrote: “The console players got destroyed every time. So much so that it would be embarrassing to the Xbox team in general had Microsoft launched this initiative.”
The CTO expressed his dissatisfaction with Microsoft's decision to scrap the platform, as he believed it would have been a boon to the PC gaming industry.