Phil Spencer stated that their strategy is not about how many Xbox consoles they sell this year. Microsoft believes that the problem does not stand in whether the console will be ready for release or if the games will be useful, but whether users will be able to buy it. This is what the CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, stated back in March. The next period will be one of “massive economic uncertainty.”
Spencer made a statement: “We see the impact of people getting furloughed and layoffs. It’s tough. And we are a leisure activity. We’re not a requirement. We’re not food. We’re not shelter. So we want to be really tuned in to that as we launch. How can we make it as affordable as possible? How can we give buyers choice?”. We still don’t know the price of the Xbox, so we’re still waiting on that one.
It seems that they are focusing on the player, and not on the console. They know how difficult this year has been, and if their users don’t want to buy a console this year, that’s okay. “We’re focused on delivering services through Xbox Game Pass, which allows people to build their library for a monthly fee.”
Microsoft wanted to have a much smoother road into the next generation. They insisted on the importance of backward compatibility, and they made sure that there will be no Xbox Series X exclusives for a full year – the first one – since they are already focusing on the Xbox Games Pass.
Since the release of the Halo Infinite title on Xbox One, people won’t need to upgrade to the next-gen console to play the latest game on Xbox this year.
Right now, we are waiting for the first major reveal of the PlayStation 5, and we cannot wait to see the games available on it.