Microsoft: The Xbox One was not rushed, has been in development for years


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With the Xbox One set for launch this November and the recent policy changes, many gamers are taking it to the internet to vent out frustrations. Some gamers believe the Xbox One has been rushed and these policy changes are the answer to Sony’s PS4. Microsoft’s Major Nelson (Larry Hryb) took it to Reddit on Monday to discuss Microsoft’s thoughts on the subject.

“I think it does help highlight the fact that the Xbox One clearly looks like it’s being rushed to match Sony as someone pointed out in/r/Games. They don’t want to be in the position the PS3 was last gen with a year late start, especially considering the hardware is, at best, a wash,” said one user on Reddit. This user believes Microsoft is working on Sony’s schedule and not their own. This reasoning has been popular amongst those who feel that the Xbox One policy changes have been a result of competition with the PS4.

“The Xbox One program has been in development for years, so calling it ‘Rushed’ is incorrect.”

Larry Hryb responded to this claim by stating, “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.”

When confronted about his comments simply being a PR stunt, Hryb explained that wasn’t the case. “I actually just want to set the record straight. Not just spit out PR BS. I won’t and don’t do that.”

The Xbox One has faced an inconsistent message from Microsoft since the console was announced, along with policy changes and a reduction in launch countries. The Xbox One has also not been given an exact launch date even though we know it will launch in November. The Xbox One will also not have support for external storage at launch, but the feature may come eventually.