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Gates Pokes at PS3, Names GTA4 Release Date

Bill Gates himself showed up at Microsoft's news conference, saying the Xbox 360 would have a 10 million-unit lead over the PS3 before Sony's new console even gets out of the gate, and announcing that Grand Theft Auto 4 would be coming out for the 360 in October 2007.

Gates also pushed his theme of interoperability, saying your cell phone, Xbox and Windows Vista computer would all be talking to each other and to your friends' devices, letting you know if your friends are working, watching movies, playing games or whatever.

There was a Halo 3 video that consisted of the Master Chief character standing around looking dramatic accompanied by majestic music, but no actual gameplay footage.

By Bob Greiner  |  May 9, 2006; 4:09 PM ET  | Category:  E3: Dispatches
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Please pay closer attention to the press conference. GTA comes out in October of 2007, almost a year and a half from now.

Posted by: Tim | May 9, 2006 7:51 PM

Due to a transcription error, the release date for GTA 4 was incorrect in an earlier version of this post. The post has been corrected.

Posted by: staff | May 9, 2006 9:48 PM

Bill Gates bashing the PS3? Wow, that was unexpected. waht next? Congress being split into two distinct political parties? Insufferable!

The best for a reason!

Posted by: Fel | May 10, 2006 12:59 AM

Bill gates suck and is just scared that Sony is gonna kick his butt.

Posted by: Snake88 | May 10, 2006 10:32 AM

Sony's show as disappointing.
MS and Nintendo stole the show.

Enjoy your $600 dollar system Snake88.

Sony, have fun playing catch up.

Posted by: late | May 10, 2006 11:10 AM

Late and Snake you two sound as stupid as two car nut fighting over the supremacy of Ford and Chevy. As if you gain something if the other's console sucks. Unless you own stock in Sony or Microsoft shutup and have fun on your system.

Posted by: BDawg | May 10, 2006 7:03 PM

Having an X360 I can vouch for how awesome of a job Microsoft has finally done on one of their products. Even with this said the PS3 will be a machine of a different caliber; yet again Sony is doing the right thing by taking their time to produce a quality product despite having numerous complaints from people who simply want the product in front of their television set today. Perfection takes time, and isn't cheap so the PS3 is going to, once again, blow both Nintendo and Microsoft away. Long live the king!

Posted by: WillE | May 12, 2006 12:05 AM

Microsoft says the Xbox 360 can do 1 teraflops, PS3 can do 2 teraflops - twice the Xbox 360's power! Flyer over mount rainier at 1300mph with the cell processor still produces photo-quality pictures at a movie-quality 30 frames per second but with a Pentium takes more than two minutes to sketch a single frame. Than please don't even get started on the bluRay HD quality & more space on the disks.. HMMMM I wonder?? wouldn't comparing the systems be a little one sided. You have to remember though to there going to releasing the same games on both units so the difference with systems won't be all that out of tune until gaming company's use the PS3's Cell processor to full potential which will happen with system specific games. The price is up there but your getting a chip that is at the top of it's game! not to mention your buying new technology on both chip and HD blue-Ray drive.

Posted by: Noize maka | May 12, 2006 7:34 AM

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