Production For Xbox Series X & Xbox Series S Is Planned To Increase Entering 2021, Phil Spencer Tells


Posted on January 4, 2021 by Nick Moreno

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Although the stresses of the holiday season has finally ceased with last-minute shopping and item availability no longer a large concern for many, thousands of avid console players are still in search for either of the next-generation consoles. While both the PlayStation 5 alongside Xbox Series X|S performed well in sales at launch, the same units are not being produced fast enough for consumers to join the new line of retail gaming hardware.

In response to the performance of the console’s launch in November, Microsoft disclosed the record-breaking milestones made for the platform. That includes the number of games supported for a new console, amount of consoles sold on day one, and even the number of users transition with and Xbox Game Pass subscription.

But despite the positives for Microsoft, Xbox lead Phil Spencer comments on the absence of more units readily available for purchase. In the year-ending podcast with Larry Hyrb, Spencer explains that Microsoft is working avidly with its partners in speeding production as much as possible.

It’s really just down to physics and engineering. We’re not holding them back: we’re building them as fast as we can. We have all the assembly lines going. I was on the phone last week with Lisa Su at AMD, [he asks] “how do we get more?” So it’s something that we’re constantly working on.

But it’s not just us: gaming has really come into its own in 2020. Obviously, PlayStation 5 is in very tight supply. When you look at the graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia… there’s just a lot of interest in gaming right now and console sales are just a sign of that, game sales are a sign of that and hardware is in short supply.

Given that 2020 has been layered heavy with the wool blanket that is the COVID-19 epidemic, production can only offer so much. As Spencer mentioned, both Microsoft and Sony are victim to limited models available for retailers. But despite setbacks, Microsoft is prepared to increase its production for Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S now entering 2021.

“I get some people [asking], ‘why didn’t you build more? Why didn’t you start earlier? Why didn’t you ship them earlier?’ All of those things,” Spencer explains on behalf of impatient fans. “But we’re working as hard as we can. The teams are incredibly dedicated, and I appreciate people’s patience as we work to build more.”

In the same podcast, Phil Spencer also commented on the state of Xbox Game Studios, but more specifically references the future of RPGs for the network of first-party teams. He explains the scope for the games to be “massive” and even mentions and exciting future for first-person shooters as well following the plans to acquire Bethesda. You can read the full report by heading here.

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