Xbox One wasn't rushed, says Microsoft

Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb says the Xbox One program has been in development for years; "Did we have a few challenges between May and August? Sure."

Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb has spoken out to defend the Xbox One against claims that its development was rushed to match the PlayStation 4.

Writing on Reddit, Hryb said this is not the case, though he did admit that Microsoft has faced some "challenges" in the past few months.

"The Xbox One program has been in development for years, so calling it 'Rushed' is incorrect," Hryb said. "Did we have a few challenges between May and August? Sure. But we are working on our own schedule--not anyone else's."

"At Gamescom, every game in the Xbox booth was running on final Xbox One hardware. Every. Single. One," he added. "That would paint a very different take on the being 'rushed.'"

Separately, Microsoft chief product officer Marc Whitten told IGN that downloaded games will not be able to be pre-loaded prior to release, though he said the company will do "much more" in this area moving forward.

Steam allows players to pre-load certain games so users can begin playing immediately at 12:01 a.m. on the day of release.

Whitten also addressed the Xbox One working as a Windows Media Center Extender, saying the console "isn't a native Media Center Extender." He added that Microsoft will "continue to work to enable more ways for everyone to get the television they want over the life of the program."

Currently, the Xbox 360 can be used as a Windows Media Center Extender, allowing users stream media from a PC to their console.

The Xbox One launches in November. Microsoft said recently at PAX that it believes the console is worth $100 more than the PlayStation 4.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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1861 comments
samalematina
samalematina

Microsoft has always ignored the Windows Media Centre platform. It has one of the best UI on a media centre (I've tried a few) and I've been using it for years with xbox360. This is big reason why I'm not jumping to Xbox One. All my content is served via media centre onto the screen. Not everyone is subscribed to online content providers to constantly stream via Xbox One. A real shame to drop this support. I'll wait to see if they add the support back into the next iteration of the Xbox one or maybe via some software update, who knows. 

Ayebang
Ayebang

Again, ps 4 fanboys and gamespot match very well for anti Microsoft. do not believe this website too much. This place for one who unreasonable anti Microsoft.

Bedsidelee
Bedsidelee

I think they tried to take the casual market but it's way to expensive for that is the Xbox One it's just an expensive flop that is under powered compared to the Ps4 which is fifty times faster if I was Ms I would start again .

Though I do worry because both consoles are underpowered compared to the Pc which is way more powerful now , where is the Pc going to be at the end of the next generation console lifecycle !

Cozm1kaos
Cozm1kaos

RROD, only because they put in a new CPU1 month before release =) sad but true =(

Qoo9
Qoo9

The Xbox One wasn't rushed. It was in development for years without much direction and vision. It explains the public backlash and 180 of policies.

Nonetheless I'm happy they reversed their policies. Now I'm buying BOTH the PS4 & Xbox One!

kentray1985
kentray1985

xboxone will be a great system just like the xbox 360 and sony got all you idiots so hyped that you cant even pay attention to the not so impressive exclusive games they have for launch and im not saying the ps4 is not a beast because I do believe they will be on top of their game next year but as of now that title that would make me purchase a new console is not on ps4, its on xboxone and if you guys cant be logical that means you are just following the same flock that paid for PS3 for $599.99 then sony said thanks to them loyal consumers by not establishing good solid security and worst that breach stopped ps consumers from being online for a whole month around the same time mk9 and that socom game dropped so they had to wait that long just to play their new games online, ridiculous!

hordaak
hordaak

how is this not a gaming machine? It has more games than the ps4

Blood_Angel
Blood_Angel

They just dropped a bunch of countries from the release date schedule to have enough consoles for the rest.

SauhlGood
SauhlGood

way to downplay major consumer concerns MS... marketing isn't what it used to be MS, you guys think your don draper still peddling cosmetics to insecure women, times have changed bishes... not everybody will swallow your bs anymore...

Revl8n
Revl8n

Who cares if it was rushed. Xbone sucks! Do the reasons really matter to us?

blackace
blackace

It wasn't rush which is why it will be launching with almost 3x's the amount of units the XBox 360 launched with.

frostedtsaar
frostedtsaar

Reading the comments on any forum will tell you that people don't think the Xbox One was rushed. What it is, is a combination of a poorly executed goal focusing on things the consumer doesn't want, and bad PR. Their policies are changing so much because now they've finally realized they need the gamers and not just football fans.

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wookiegr
wookiegr

They spent years developing the console the NSA wanted. They rushed the console that consumers almost wanted.

blackothh
blackothh

Without a doubt NOT worth $100 more then the PS4 in comparison. But both consoles are wildly underpriced anyways.

XbotSlayer221
XbotSlayer221

Of course it wasn't rushed. This mess was planned out for years. The back peddling and flip flopping policies was just hype for the launch.. :)

yearssomuch
yearssomuch

No one's disputing it being rushed.. people have been clamoring for a new console for a few years. If anything, it's overdue.

The problem is that no one likes what you have to offer. At least it's better than it was at launch.

ohjtbehaaave
ohjtbehaaave

The system wasn't rushed... but MS has announced gamers will have to assemble the Xbox1 themselves.  They say it will have very detailed directions.  No worries.

MVan86
MVan86

I dont' think the X1 was rushed, it was just thrown into chaos as a result of Mattrick's plans inspiring the internet equivalent of a fullscale gamer riot as well as Sony outselling them 3/4-1 forcing them to change a lot of shit at short notice.

Omar Big-o Smith
Omar Big-o Smith

Yeah bethesda games dont work well on console. Imo bethesda are a pc company and only bring half arsed games to consoles. I dont the thay company.

ThePowerOfHAT
ThePowerOfHAT

@Qoo9 I'm personally not sold on either console at the moment, but I'd say your assessment of the console's development is fairly true.  Honestly, while I was a bit wary of some of the ideas regarding the Xbox One's policies, I could see how it would open up some really incredible opportunities for developers, and I have a bad feeling that many of those opportunities are now being forgotten to make room for ideas that really are being better realized by Sony's PS4.  I'm interested in the advantages that the Xbox Live Cloud will bring, and I really hope that it can do something for singleplayer games just as it is expected to do for multiplayer games.

SpinDie25
SpinDie25

@blackace It has not even hit production yet, they are still making hardware adjustments to it as we speak.. How many times in the past have we read articles like "company X hardware supplier running low" or somethign along the lines of "Company X hardware supplier shipments delayed due to factory incident".. Same happened with the iphone5 and a lot of other situations like this happened in the past. With this many millions of units its common for small things to go wrong. In other words, we will have to see. But microsoft claiming 3x more units will be available is much easier said than done

bakagami
bakagami

@Christopher Div I really wish that if they are going to include posts from Facebook that they include the entire conversation.  

bakagami
bakagami

@MVan86 Oh, you really think that all of this was the fault of one man?  That the rest of MS trusted Mattrick so completely that they didn't bother to pay attention to his evil plot to undermine the Xbox brand?  

Qoo9
Qoo9

@ThePowerOfHAT @Qoo9 I understand the need to reverse policies but they need to add their own 'flavours' as well. Especially 'family sharing' for DIGITAL CONTENT ONLY. And maybe start charging slightly less for digital content, say $50. IMO this will provide huge incentives to go full digital AND give them an edge over competitors. As of now it is like how you say. 

"many of those opportunities are now being forgotten to make room for ideas that really are being better realized by Sony's PS4"

Worst thing is STEAM beat them to the idea of sharing digital media. I also wouldn't be surprised if Sony is cooking up something similar.

Regarding the Xbox Live Cloud, I'm not too sure what to expect. What has me intrigued right now is the large amount of servers MS invested for the XB1 (300,000 I think?). I'm hoping this means really low latency game-play for multiplayer throughout the world.

MVan86
MVan86

@bakagami @MVan86 Not all... Just most of it. 

Mattrick seems to have had a very strong idea about what the X1 should have been... An idea that flew in the face of what gamers wanted but that he thought was right: "We already have a product for people without internet, it's called the 360"

I'm not sure how it managed to get SO far along before rationality was forcibly knocked into MS. However I really think, based on everything we've heard that Mattrick had too much free reign and as a result the X1 initially represented a vision he had rather than being made with gamers in mind.

bakagami
bakagami

@MVan86 @bakagami I suppose that calling me a microsoft hater was in no way troll baiting on your part at all.  Is that right?

MVan86
MVan86

@bakagami @MVan86 Excuse me but I've outlined a clear argument as to what I believe happened and it fits reasonably well. 

If you disagree - fine but don't go calling me an idiot for it; I've been civil to you, kindly return the favour.

MVan86
MVan86

@bakagami @MVan86 Go right ahead and ignore the logic of the argument I've laid out to keep blindly hating MS if you like.

bakagami
bakagami

@MVan86 @bakagami okay. seems obvious that I am wasting my time with you. Wallow in your ignorance all you like.

MVan86
MVan86

@bakagami @MVan86 Oh please, there was no buzz that Mattrick would be leaving - I mean it's impossible to keep a secret these days and what kind of message would it seem to send if your Head of Gaming resigned during the lead up to the X1 launch?

Logic suggests only one reason for his departure - he was offered the chance to jump rather than be pushed.

bakagami
bakagami

@MVan86 @bakagami you act like all these changed occurred in July.  Mattrick would have had to have handed in his resignation in Jan and probably got hired by Zygna last year when he was trying to acquire the company.  All these things happen long before MS had any reason to think they would even need to change their policy. 

otherwise they would have done so quietly and we would not even be having this conversation

MVan86
MVan86

@bakagami @MVan86 No but it is AWFULLY convient that he "left" just before all the changes were made - if he was in favour of them wouldn't he have stayed?


Not logical.

bakagami
bakagami

@MVan86 @bakagami I suppose you think that it was a coincidence that Zygna just happened to be looking for a new CEO when MS issued his walking papers?  Talk about convenient timing...

bakagami
bakagami

@MVan86 @bakagami believe whatever you like, please don't let a little thing like reality get in the way...

MVan86
MVan86

@bakagami @MVan86 Oh yeah Mattrick arrives and Zynga execs start 'leaving' but the two can't be related... Sure.

MVan86
MVan86

@bakagami Mattrick was the head of their gaming division - he wasn't just a 'pretty boy' brought out to talk to crowds and media...

Oh yeah I can really see the head of entertainment at MS and the overall board of MS taking a day-to-day interest in what was happening in his division... Not.

No I don't think he jumped ship, especially if as you're trying to argue he didn't like the direction of the X1 when it was going to be reversed. I think he was given the chance to 'leave' instead of be fired. The timing is just TOO convenient.

bakagami
bakagami

@MVan86 "And further why is it execs at Zynga are fleeing the building? "

Okay, googled it myself.  Guess there is something to that.  Wonder though about whether it was Mattricks arrival or their shift to mobile gaming and that 18% drop in the stock as being a more pressing motive for them jumping ship.

I never cared about Zygna anyway, all they ever made was Facebook games and now Android/IOS.  

bakagami
bakagami

@MVan86 Mattrick was their face man, nothing more.  Some pretty boy to stand in front of the crowds and spout corporate policy to the unwashed masses.  

Sure, he was head of the DIVISION but not head of Microsoft.  They had to give him a fancy title or what he said to the public would have no weight and would be meaningless.  He answered to other people above him.  The MS board of directors.

"Um if so then why is it he 'left' just BEFORE the backdown?"

What?  you really think that he just jumped ship and Zygna was conveniently there with a safety net and a job?  LOL, He probably turned in his resignation in January or sooner, Zygna made their deal with him probably a year ago or longer.

"And further why is it execs at Zynga are fleeing the building? "

Prove it, either link it or it didn't happen

MVan86
MVan86

@bakagami @MVan86 Yeah they may well be decided in committee but Mattrick was the HEAD of the division. The only people who'd tell him what to do where head of entertainment and company board - who I seriously doubt bother with every day divisional matters.


...Mattrick was the voice of reason? Um if so then why is it he 'left' just BEFORE the backdown? Wouldn't that have been what he wanted?! 

And further why is it execs at Zynga are fleeing the building? 

Come on.

Having seen the interview where he made the comment I got the feeling he had nothing but disdain and frustration about the fact people where complaining about the daily check in.

bakagami
bakagami

@MVan86 @bakagami Wow!  You are very naive.  You clearly have no idea how companies like MS work.  Everything is decided in committee, no one person has any real say in how things are done.  I know you would like to be able to say that the one guy that did this to you is gone but the truth is, most of the people who are responsible for are the same people who did the 180 and are promising you the moon right now.

Mattrick probably had some input but his was one voice in many.  Personally (this is just conjecture) I think Mattrick was that "voice of reason", why else would he jump ship in the middle of the XB1 premier?  To me his "buy an Xbox360" comment sounded more like "don't ask me, I'm just as stumped about this decision as you are"