Good things come to those who wait is the idiom, but Microsoft being mum on the release date for the Xbox One is building pressure for retailers and publishers alike.
Electronic Arts operations chief Peter more told Games Industry that Microsoft needs to “cough up the date” in reference to the Xbox One so retailers and publishers can prepare for the chaos of two consoles launching within such a small timeframe.
“The challenge is more for the retailers and we have to work with them and Microsoft and Sony have to work with them, and if (the launches are) literally within a week or two weeks of each other it's not easy for retailers to manage their retail presence.
“What do they focus on? Hardware takes up a lot of room in stores and back rooms. What are their allotments? And so it becomes a real challenge for retail and we have to work with retail to make sure we can help.”
Moore called it “precedent setting” how retailers will handle the release of the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 within just weeks of each other, if not days.
“It has never happened this way. There's always been a period of time, a sorbet between consoles, that has cleansed the palate and allowed us to move on,” Moore said. “It might be a week, who knows? Microsoft needs to cough up the date.”
The PlayStation 4 launches on Nov. 15 in North America and in Europe on Nov. 29. Microsoft has yet to set a date for the release of Xbox One, but said the console will be available sometime in mid-to-late November.