Xbox One Release Date: ‘Microsoft Needs To Cough It Up’
Gamescom came and went this year and only Sony announced its release date for the PS4, with Microsoft staying quiet on the Xbox One’s release date.
While we’re all eager to know when the Xbox One will be released, however, EA’s Peter Moore believes that delaying the release date announcement only makes things harder for everyone else.
Speaking to GI, Peter Moore discussed the unusual situation of having two consoles launch at the same time – and the difficulty that brings for manufacturing and retail.
“The challenge is more for the retailers,” said Moore, “and we have to work with them and Microsoft and Sony have to work with them and if they’re literally within a week or two weeks of each other it’s not easy for retailers to manage their retail presence.”
Moore continued, adding that it affects the numbers of manufactered products, too.
“So things that gamers don’t have to worry about but we have to worry about is getting the flow of manufacturing right, getting the quantities right, making sure everything is at retail.
“Depending on which goes first they may want to change the store to focus on the new console coming out, I mean it’s just what we do. That’s the work we do, that’s the business that we’re in.”
Describing the two consoles launching almost simultaneously, Moore said: “There’s always been a period of time, a sorbet between consoles, that has cleansed the palate and allowed us to move on.
“It might be a week, who knows? Microsoft needs to cough up the date.”
Sony has confirmed that the PS4 will be released on the 29 November 2013 and the 15 November in the US – which puts in ahead of Black Friday sales in America.
Microsoft has yet to announce when it will release the Xbox One, but it has confirmed that it will launch in November 2013.
Well, except for a number of European countries, where the Xbox One has been delayed until 2014.