Original Xbox boss Robbie Bach has revealed his take on the launch of the Xbox One. More notably, the pre-launch criticisms of the console after the infamous reveal back in 2013 is the former head head of Xbox thinks could have been avoided.
After the reveal, the Xbox One was heavily criticized for a lot of the features that was announced for the console that were eventually cut or subdued in time for launch.
“I think I have two thoughts,” he told Geekwire. “The first is, gosh, I think some of that was predictable and preventable. If I’m just honest I would say that. These console competitions last 5, 6, 7, 8 years. I think it shows in the marketplace today.
“I think Xbox One has put almost all of that behind itself. They’ve got a great holiday lineup. They’re gaining share and volume. The amazing thing is the console market is bigger now than it’s ever been before. Both companies are selling more units.”
He also stated that he think the Xbox One stumbled and lost some of the momentum that came with the success of the Xbox 360. Despite that, he sees Xbox Live as a continuing strength for Microsoft.
“You would have liked to have seen them done more with the momentum we had. On the other hand, look at what’s going on on Xbox Live. Incredible momentum on Xbox Live. I think it’s a balance thing.
“I could also say that the team did what they needed to do,” he added. “They persevered through a rocky patch, and they’re now on the path to making this a very competitive market.”
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