Neo, Scorpio "absolutely" good for the industry - Moore

EA's competitive gaming head says publisher is supporting both new systems, developers "love what they're seeing"

It's not uncommon for publishers to have mixed feelings about new console hardware. As much as new systems might spark excitement in the industry and provide opportunities for growth, the accompanying higher development costs and limited installed bases can rain on the launch party. That might not be the case with Sony's PlayStation 4 Neo and Microsoft's Xbox One Project Scorpio, if the comments of EA chief competition officer Peter Moore are anything to go by.

Speaking with IGN recently, Moore said the new hardware revisions were "absolutely" a good thing for the industry, extending console generations by refreshing them in the middle of the cycle.

"I think Sony and Microsoft have done this incredibly well," Moore said. "They have taken what they needed to do... to keep the platform fresh for technology that's moving faster than the archaic nature of a 10-year piece of hardware cycle."

He also confirmed that EA is working on content to take advantage of both Neo and Scorpio, and that the publisher's development studios "love what they're seeing right now" with the hardware.

Beyond giving EA new specs to support, Moore noted that move could benefit the industry as a whole. As early adopters trade-up to get the new hardware, it could create a glut of older systems available second-hand at lower price points to bring more casual gamers into Sony and Microsoft's ecosystems.

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