Originally Posted by BuzzLightyear
You're forgetting the XBox people!
If you want to speculate on my conspiracy theory, then I'd be more worried for NVidia than ATI with respect to comparing history...
Voodoo vs NVidia is a close matchup. Voodoo on the verge of releasing some amazing technology with the Voodoo 6000. NVidia is pulling ahead in the speed ratings.
Microsoft declare that they are going to use NVidia chips in their XBox and give them a cash injection of $2m for R&D.
Coincidentally, NVidia buys 3dfx for about $2m and removes API development competition from the upcoming consoles DirectX needs.
This forces developers to start using DirectX in all of their games, even though it's the worst thought out, and least impressive rendering API available for 3D gaming.
Microsoft declare that they are going to use ATI chips in their XBox2.....
Microsoft is making the Xbox 2 chip using a customer micro-kernel engine designed by ATI. ATI will not be providing Microsoft silicon. There is a big misconception out there that ati is supplying "R500" chips for Xbox 2. Voodoo5 6000 was also not "amazing technology". It used 4 VSA 100's. It was, literally, 2 V5 5500's slapped together.