Xbox boss Phil Spencer recently appeared on the Talking Games With Reggie And Harold podcast, and was questioned about whether things were on track with the Xbox Series X.
In response, Spencer revealed that the team had another hardware review last week at the time of recording, and that the company feels good about its supply chain:
"We had another hardware review, Liz Hamren and the team, we did that this week. And our supply chain we feel good about, the hardware side feels like we'll be able to get enough units, and we're pretty committed as we've talked about to a worldwide launch, which regretfully we didn't do with Xbox One."
Spencer went on to talk more about the effects of COVID-19 on game production, reiterating the difficulties that some developers are facing with the likes of motion capture and symphonic capture, but also revealing he still feels "really good" about the Xbox Series X's launch this holiday:
"I think on the games side, things that are pre-content complete might be impacted more than things that are post-content complete. And then the last thing - the QA side of it of just making sure we've got the right time. We have take-home kits now for the next Xbox and I'm looking at mine right now here sitting behind the monitor, but getting them out to all of the people who are testing and how we do that... We've had to work through some challenges, but feel good about timelines, feel really good about this holiday."
When do you think the Xbox Series X will launch later this year? Give us your predictions below.
They honestly deserve to "win" next generation because of their efforts and consumer-friendly policies but if we count just consoles they probably won't as they'll do more business with subscriptions, Play Anywhere software and xCloud. Game Pass has many more subscriptions than PlayStation Now already. If Series X sells as many units as PS5, Microsoft wins. It's going to be fascinating to see if PS5 is as successful as PS4 and how will Switch perform next year.
Can't wait - though, truth-be-told, I am waiting at least 3 months before buying a Series X (and PS5) to make sure there aren't any major hardware defects that need to be ironed out.
If there are, I guess I will have to wait longer.
It's going to be tough - given the launch window. I am sure there will be games on both next-gen consoles that would make wonderful Christmas presents.
Since I have Game Pass Ultimate until at least June 2022, I have the peace of mind knowing I won't miss out on any Xbox Game Studio releases by still having an Xbox One X - I just will have to wait to play the "best" version of any of those games that have a Series X version.
In Phil we trust
Phil's commitment to a worldwide launch with "enough units" to boot, should serve notice to people predicting delays or a 2021 release window, to just give it a rest already.
@Biohazardous379 Agreed. I've heard people describe Phil as arrogant but to me it seems like he's a man who has full faith in his department and his leadership. Everything I've heard from him sounds like he's more concerned with internal markers than beating the competition. I think he and Satya have a vision of how gaming is going to be in the future and that's really the only thing that concerns him.
@Bmartin001 Amen to that
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