Microsoft Game Studios Honcho Phil Spencer has always been very confident about the upcoming Xbox one, and yesterday he implied that the console is going to be sold out at launch in a long interview on the latest episode of Podcast Unlocked on IGN.
When we look at our preorder numbers and when we look at the kind of anticipation in the market we’re getting from retailers, I think we’re gonna sell about every piece of hardware that we can build, knocking on wood.
Spencer also mentioned that he feels that the real competition will not start this holiday, but the next one and the one beyond, when more hardware will be on the market and Microsoft will unleash a plethora of new titles that he feels very good about.
For me the competition really starts to play out next Holiday and the Holiday beyond.
When you start playing it forward and you say “What happens in that second holiday?” when the other franchises come, and you have a lot more hardware in the market. It’s gonna be a very good time.
We’re focused on launch. Very soon we’re gonna focus on next year, because I feel very good about the portfolio next year. We got a great mix…original IPs, some sequels coming, bigger games and smaller games. Once we get through launch and we go head strong into what we’re gonna ship in the next twelve months I think people will be excited about that.
One thing is for sure: even if Spencer believes that the real competition will start in a year or so, this Holiday is going to be rather hot, but I can’t say I’m not quite curious to see what he’ll bring to the table next year.