The man responsible for Xbox Live is leaving Microsoft.
Boyd Multerer is no longer at Microsoft (via Neowin). The engineer posted a “goodbye” to the company this morning saying that it was time for him to look into doing something new. This comes after 18 years with the company. During that time, Multerer launched the Xbox Live online networking service and created the XNA game-development language.
Goodbye Microsoft. It was a good run. Xbox was Great! Time to do something new.
As director of development for Microsoft’s Xbox division, Multerer was most recently responsible for helping to design the Xbox One. He was key to giving Microsoft’s latest gaming hardware three different operating systems to let it quickly jump between games, apps, and the menu system.
Multerer said he recognized the changing needs of the gamer were in conflict with the needs of the developers, and his designs for the Xbox One reflected that.
“[Developers] want to know exactly how much RAM they can use, and exactly how much CPU, and exactly how the graphics are going to work, and that should never change,” Multerer said in an interview on Microsoft’s new site from 2013. “The needs of the gamer and the needs of the game developers are at direct odds, so how do you serve both at the same time? That’s the real reason why we did two separate operating systems. One is more static, aimed letting game developers ability to deliver the best games, and one is aimed at the gamer to give them an evolving, changing, updating console that will be able to support the next big social network that hasn’t even been invented yet.”
@XboxGuy247@MrXBob I am happy with Xbox One. Super proud of it and the team that built it.