“People staying at home just increased the demand,” Rice said.
“If you look at the statistics in [PC gaming platform] Steam for concurrent users, 2017 to 2019 is essentially flat. In 2020, concurrent users increased 40 percent. “
We would love to have more consoles in the hands of the people.
Matt Booty, Head of Xbox Games Studios
Microsoft has not given sales figures or estimates for its Xbox Series X, or the less expensive Xbox Series S, beyond saying that more than a million were sold on launch day. But, using retail sampling, the website VGChartz He estimates that Xbox consoles combined have sold 5.33 million units to date.
Matt Booty, head of Xbox Game Studios, said the combined pandemic and chip shortage had greatly affected the production of both games and consoles.
“We are approaching the second vacation of our new console right now, and we know that around the world, across the industry, there is a shortage of electronics. And we would love to have more consoles in the hands of the people, ”he said.
“Our teams have been great with creative uses of new technology and have tried to do a lot of new and innovative things to support hybrid work and work from home, but at the end of the day we are a collaborative and creative company and it just gets down to business. more difficult with bigger teams ”.
Many blockbuster games have been delayed due to large teams having to work from home. Or worse, as in the case of last year. Cyberpunk 2077, released to consumers in an unstable state.
Even the biggest games this holiday season, West horizon forbidden (Sony) and Infinite halo (Microsoft), no firm release dates have been given yet.
“I think we’re going to continue to see projects lag somewhat across the industry,” Booty said.
“Everybody is trying to do their best in the situation to get things done … it’s hard to keep a team of several hundred people focused, organized and assembled when you can’t get everyone together in person.”
Meanwhile, Sony has pushed back previous statements that many new games would be exclusive to PlayStation 5, that is, new games that include Horizon and the next God of War It will also be playable on PlayStation 4. And both PlayStation and Xbox have mechanisms to upgrade games to PS5 and X Series quality, so you can buy games for older systems now and not have to buy them again later.
Microsoft includes all of its own games in the Game Pass subscription service, which works on various Xbox consoles and PCs. And the cloud-streaming component of Game Pass will soon allow X Series games to be played on older potentially smart consoles, smartphones, browsers, and TVs, which Booty said is part of a strategy to get to know the losers. players on the devices they’re on.
“I think a console that displays a 4K image at 120 frames per second on a television, without compression, will always be the best way to experience a game,” he said.
“We really think about [streaming] as more additive, that these things add to the general situation, and not that we are trying to replace one thing with another. It’s like the fact that I can watch Netflix on my phone if I’m stuck in an airport. Whatever suits your needs and lifestyle. “
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