Xbox Series X Director of Program Management Jason Ronald recently appeared on the latest episode of IGN's Podcast Unlocked, and gave a hint as to how many Xbox Series X consoles might be available at launch.
In response to a question about what his typical day is like, and how he's working to get Xbox Series X ready for this holiday, Ronald explained that the company is aiming to have "a large number of consoles" on the market:
"It's really [about] making sure that we're ready to go - we're going to have a large number of consoles available worldwide for players to purchase. It's really about making sure that the software is highly optimised, refining the user experience. And then it's also partnering really closely with all of our launch partners, to make sure that the games that are actively in development right now are fully ready for day one to have a great experience for all the players that will be new to our ecosystem when Series X launches this holiday."
Ronald also talked more about Xbox Smart Delivery in the podcast, discussing how the team implemented the system for Xbox Series X, and recapping some of its features. His interview begins at 24:13 in the video above.
How many do you think Ronald means by "a large number"? Share your thoughts below.
@TrueAssassin86x I don't know how common it is that your store runs of the favourite console and you just say ok whatever I the other one.
@BrilliantBill I used to work in a Game store in the UK a few years ago. Believe me it happens more than you think, especially if the parent is accompanied by screaming children..
But yes, this is great news. Day one pre-order for me 😃
@TrueAssassin86x Or is Sony's playing Nintendo's game creating that stock scarcity idea and pushing people to buying?
@BrilliantBill Honestly, given the attitudes I've seen a large portion of PS owners, no, I don't see them touching an xbox console.
That said, there's about 30 million players out there who had 360s last gen, and PS4's this gen (if we are to assume that the drop from 70 million xboxes to 40m, and the increase from 70m to 100 PlayStations from last to current gen is a one to one shift of gamers going from xbox to PS). If that tracks at all, then those gamers are obviously flexible enough to pick up an xbox over PS. And FOMO is a driving force in this day and age.
And frankly, I've already noted how the PS5 is feeling a lot like the PS3-2.0. The PS4 handled everything fantastically when it came to the reveal, marketing, design, and launch. The PS5 has basically all the flaws of the PS3.
I wouldn't be surprised to find the PS5 and XSX sell more or less the same. Something like 80m for PS and 60m for xbox by the end of the gen.
@Richnj "Honestly, given the attitudes I've seen a large portion of PS owners, no, I don't see them touching an xbox console".
Don't you mean yourself?
Sony have already said they will have enough PS5s available for people who want one.
Microsoft will probably be manufacturing in advance to have enough. Sony might possibly find it slightly more difficult due to manufacturing ps4s which are still selling really well versus Microsoft whose xbox one isn't really selling really well.
Regardless, I'm getting PS5 at launch, will get Series X later down the line
@BlueOcean I've owned every xbox (except an XB1X), have over 650 digital xbox games on my xbox one, and over 200,000 Gamerscore. And that's not taking in to account the 25ish thousand games of Halo MP I played over a 6-7 year period.
But nah, I wouldn't touch one.
I don’t bother with consoles within their first year of release because they tend to have some issues that are quite unacceptable
@BrilliantBill the loyalists might never do, but most buyers are actually not platform loyalists, if they were, you would never see a big swing in sales numbers from generation to generation. Even Nintendo, that trends to have the most loyal of loyalist base, still tends to fall short in sales every other generation.
Nintendo on point, though: right now there is a Switch shortage, and that has, indeed, resulted in people being either PS4s or even 2DS machines for entertainment on its seas.
So, I would say supply during the launch window is, indeed, something very important.
@Tharsman And although Switch numbers are strong, it's supposed to replace home consoles (Wii/Wii U) and handheld consoles (DS/3DS). The Nintendo loyal fans are around 13 million, the people that bought the Wii U.
Last generation was quite balanced, 360 and PS3 basically tied with Wii slightly ahead thanks to the casual motion-controlled games and the cheaper price.
Many people that bought the PS4 this generation might get a Series X next so next generation will be more balanced than this. Nintendo, I don't know, they released three consoles this generation (3DS, Wii U and Switch) but haven't announced anything next-gen. I bought those three so don't want to get more weak and overpriced Nintendo hardware now.
Sounds great and should be the same for lockhart I imagine.
@BlueOcean Nintendo controls a category of its own. Being able to play games on the TV is a bonus, being able to play games on the go has made them dominate the Japanese market.
I don’t regret my Switch one bit, I have near 100 strong game library for it. I do tend to not really play things like Diablo on the Switch, but the switch version of Skyrim is not just the version I spent the most time on, but also the only version I actually finished the main story, and the DLC too.
That said, no one has a stronger library of first party exclusive games than Nintendo. That’s a separate topic, though. I just brought Nintendo up to comment on how lack of supply can lead people to buy a different console.
@TrueAssassin86x I think we'll see the cheapest system sell the most this holiday and if both systems are very expensive the Switch ends up the best seller.
I wish the launch of Xbox Series X was tomorrow!
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