Hryb: Xbox One wasn't rushed

"Did we have a few challenges between May and August? Sure"

Microsoft's Larry Hryb, better known as Major Nelson, has defended the Xbox One against the accusation that its development was rushed.

"The Xbox One program has been in development for years, so calling it 'rushed' is incorrect," he posted on Reddit, during discussions about the console launching without support for external storage.

"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.'"

While Sony has announced the release dates for the PlayStation 4, Microsoft has yet to commit, leading industry figureheads like EA's Peter Moore to comment that they need to "cough up the date."

Industry sources currently suggest that the Xbox One will go on sale a week before the PlayStation 4.

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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 4 years ago
At gamescom, many games in the Xbox booth were 360 games, running on a 360. Every. Single. Time.
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Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd4 years ago
@ Klaus At E3 not a single Xbox One game was running on Xbox One that I could see. Most were running on PC with Xbox One controllers providing the illusion. I even had two games crash to a Windows screen. Oops, Microsoft.

To be fair, I'm sure that was true of some PS4 games too, but most seemed to be running on the actual hardware and I got direct confirmation that some of them were.
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 4 years ago
Well I suppose it depends on how you are replying to that statement. The creation and revelation of the Xbox One certainly were not rushed. But the fixes to correct all the short sightedness of the original Xbox One vision surely were rushed.
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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 4 years ago

Sure, Xbox One stuff was running on Xbox one as far as I could see, but there was A LOT of 360ies on the show floor and Mr. Hryb makes it sound as if even those ran on XboxO.

Sony had some games running on final hardware, e.g. Drive Club. Sony did not try to hide its black boxes when the game did not run on the hardware and nobody seemed to be bothered.

If games cause a bluescreen so what? Fact of the matter is the new consoles being custom PCs already, so there is hardly any surprise when publishers show the game on the platform they develop on.
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James Prendergast Research Chemist 4 years ago
I believe him... only, I think he's twisting the words and period of meaning here. The XBO, as it was revealed around E3 was not rushed at all - it's only logical that the device and software features have been in development for a good long while.

However, you can't and don't just switch course on these things - which is what MS has done/had to do - and that is where the rush has come into play since the changes MS have made. This is why they need a day 1 patch to address the now-defunct DRM scheme - if it weren't rushed then it would come as standard in the firmware and OS for the retail product.

We'll have to wait and see if it materially impacts the final product though...
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Anastasios Hatzis Community Manager 4 years ago
I don't believe him. I even doubt they actually have planned to release in 2013 until Sony revealed their PS4 plans. I got the impression that they rushed into finalizing the concepts until May, and then they rushed into u-turn after u-turn. And we are not talking about little details but major changes.

How many of the XB1 pre-order customers today really know what product they will actually get? Or how many more changes and u-turns of u-turns will come after release? This product launch is such a mess, it's like a terrible car accident. You are scared to look at it, but you cannot look the other way neither.
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