Xbox One Isn’t Being Rushed – Major Nelson
The Xbox One has seen wholesale policy reversals regarding console DRM, indie developers, self-publishing and more. The console will only launch in 13 countries this November and of those, only 5 countries will be supported for Kinect. Despite this the console will reportedly launch before the PS4.
It’s not a race Microsoft, Sony got the PS3 out a full year after the Xbox 360 and it did just fine. It did great in fact. Understandably Microsoft has no doubt been enticed by the sky-high margins that come with a festive season release. Of course, they’ll hardly be transparent enough to admit that outright.
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It gets interesting when Xbox Live director of programming Larry ‘Major Nelson’ Hyrb starts insisting that the Xbox One has not been rushed with an incredulous tone.
Responding to suggestions that Microsoft has rushed the console to market, Major Nelson said on Reddit: “The Xbox One program has been in development for years, so calling it ‘Rushed’ is incorrect.
“Did we have a few challenges between May and August? Sure. But we are working on our own schedule – not any one else’s. At Gamescom, every game in the Xbox booth was running on final Xbox One hardware. Every. Single. One. That would paint a very different take on the being ‘rushed.'”
Granted, it’s not as if they’re shipping you the console with a “coming soon” card where the controller should be but he’s point is moot. Regardless of how long the console has been in development, since it’s unveiling at the end of May, the Xbox One has undergone many policy changes that necessitates some core coding and implementations to be changed.
For that, a scaled back list of launch countries is understandable. However, now there won’t be Kinect support in half those countries due to localisation issues and you can’t even make use of external storage at launch. The latter is perhaps sundry since the Xbox One will come with a sizable HDD but no Kinect support, seriously?
Yeah okay, you were running what is effectively the same hardware that we’ll see in stores. Good for you but how can you ship a console with Kinect when half the countries getting it can’t even use the thing?
To me that sounds rushed. I’ve slowly been getting behind the Xbox One with all these policy reversals and just how much more interesting the console was becoming than Sony’s PS4 but things like this make me sceptical as to whether Microsoft is really doing what they think is best or simply on a misguided path of brinkmanship against Sony.