Naughty Dog co-founder Jason Rubin isn’t sure that Microsoft is finished yet, and today in a panel with Game Trailers (Starting at 12:25), he mentioned that he is optimistic for the long term.
Rubin states that in the short term, Microsoft have taken “a lot of damage” due to issues with their policies earlier in the year, however, he also thinks that there’s a path back for the company.
Most of these things are not catastrophic and momentary. Things take time and things change over time.
Rubin points to the pricing of the PS3 at launch as one example of how, historically, a console has been able to climb out of a poor initial reception. He also mentions that the dramatic reversal of DRM during E3 is one example of how Microsoft have been able to change their message and “gotten up off their stumble.”
Anytime you sit there and say ‘it’s over for Microsoft’ – which is easy to say now – you’re generally jumping ahead of yourself.
He has a point there: it’s never over until it’s over, and the console didn’t even launch yet. It may be just a little early to predict an untimely death before the box is even on the shelves.