The unique Xbox was launched 20 years in the past subsequent month, and to mark the upcoming anniversary, the console’s designer has apologized to AMD’s engineers and its CEO for Microsoft’s last-minute choice to drop AMD for rival Intel. GameSpot experiences: Seamus Blackley apologized on Twitter to the AMD engineers who labored with Microsoft to create the prototype Xbox consoles that the corporate used within the lead-up to the OG Xbox’s launch in November 2001. To AMD CEO Lisa Su, Blackley stated, “I urge mercy.” “I used to be standing there on the stage for the announcement, with [Bill Gates], and there they had been proper there, entrance row, wanting so unhappy,” he stated of AMD engineers within the room. “I will always remember it. That they had helped a lot with the prototypes. Prototypes that had been actually operating the launch announcement demos ON AMD HARDWARE.” “I felt like such an ass,” Blackley stated. Microsoft dropped AMD in favor of Intel because of “pure politics,” Blackley stated in another tweet.