Rahul Sood, founder of Canadian gaming PC specialist Voodoo PC, has announced that he is to head up the System Experience arm of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business - possibly heralding a new focus on PC gaming for the company.
According to the brief announcement on his personal blog
, the move will see Sood become the General Manager for Systems Experience - meaning that he'll be working on what he calls 'really... really.... really cool stuff come January 2011.
While details are thin on the ground at the moment, pending an official announcement from Microsoft itself, Sood's past speaks for itself: founder of the gaming PC manufacturer Voodoo PC, which was picked up by HP back in 2006
, Sood has long been an outspoken advocate of PC gaming, claiming that a cross-platform gaming project was killed by Microsoft
because mouse and keyboard-equipped PC gamers meant that '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.
That's far from the first time Sood has been scathing about Microsoft's commitment to PC gaming, having written a post back in 2007 entitled Halo 2 on the PC Sucks
in which he accuses Microsoft of 'easily the worst use of high performance hardware that I've seen in years.
Sood's outspoken attitude doesn't seem to have stopped Microsoft from hiring him, and given his long-standing support of PC gaming could help push Microsoft back into the market and away from its current focus on console gaming.
Sood leaves his post as chief technology officer of HP's gaming business, with no successor yet named.
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