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The Race for a New Game Machine: Creating the Chips Inside the XBox 360 and the Playstation 3

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Good, but could have been better

By C. W. Kraft - February 4, 2009

I found the subject material of the book interesting, but I felt that the book could have been so much more. I came away from this with a feeling that Shippy wasn't sure what he wanted from the book and because of that it lacked a particular focus.

My negativity is mostly because I see a lot of potential in the telling of this story and just don't think the book is as strong as it could be. That said its worth reading if you are interested in the histories behind any of these systems or the chips themselves.

Personally I would have preferred the book have a little more focus. There wasn't a lot of technical detail in the book, or detail about business processes or any of the steps involved in the development of these CPUs. It felt more like a conversation that you might have over a long lunch. It left me wanting more.

Glaring Issues

By goatdan "goatdan" - July 16, 2011

I don't usually feel the desire to write reviews -- I always feel like others have generally said what I have thought, or that I can't really add much. After reading about two thirds of this book so far, I feel compelled to add in my two cents...

The negative reviews about this book are, quite unfortunately, correct. I got this after having read Opening the Xbox, an absolutely fascinating story about the creation of the Xbox platform. Unfortunately, this book doesn't have any of the intrigue that book has.

I want to point out just a few issues that I have with it so that others are aware of it:

1) The author notes in a relatively early chapter that he was not really involved with the gaming industry before getting back into this chip design. All right, fair enough -- but then he says that he studies the history of it and walks the reader through pinball, and arcades, and then gets to the video game crash... And then says that the market was dead... read more

Interesting story about PS3 and XBOX 360 CPU development

By Marvin C. - January 13, 2010

This book covers the behind-the-scenes development of the PS3 and XBOX 360 CPU. The book seems to be targeted towards business professionals rather than the technology oriented reader. Much of the book is focused on the interpersonal relationships between various team members and management. However, I found the book interesting because it gives the reader a glimpse into the world of CPU development. The reader gets a good high-level understanding of the huge complexity involved in the design, testing and manufacturing of a CPU.
This is not a book about game development or gaming hardware.

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