Xbox Exec: “Before We Even Launched the Xbox One, We Knew that this Was The Year;” Will Surpass 2007 for 360
During a livestream from GameStop Expo in Las Vegas, Xbox Console and Platform Senior Product Manager Patrick Perkins gave some interesting insight about the evolution of the Xbox One’s game line-up.
“You actually see that lining up years ahead of time. Before we even launched the Xbox One, we knew that this was “the year.” You just look at the dev cycles and when everything is gonna come together.
You know what’s funny is that 2007 was the third holiday of Xbox 360, in a one year time span you saw the first BioShock come out, you saw Halo 3 come out, you saw the first Assassin’s Creed, that’s when the first Rock Band came out, Guitar Hero was huge then… On the other side of the Holidays you had the first Mass Effect, you had GTA4 come out, in a one-year period.
To me that was the golden era of games. I think this year actually surpasses that. If you think about the exclusives with Halo, Tomb Raider, Forza, and then add great games like Battlefront, Black Ops III, Fallout, all in a year time span, it’s a lot.
And that third year, we found out with 360, that’s when developers are really starting to understand what the new technoology can do, the new things it can do, because whenever there’s a launch there’s always that kind of time that… and it’s a slow ramp up, but we’re firmly there right now. So that’s super-exciting.”
Interestingly, Perkins also mentioned that once upon a time people bought an extra controllers for couch multiplayer, now it’s more likely that someone will buy three, four or even five controllers than just two. Many are not buying the controllers for the multiplayer, but to collect the different colors. Microsoft keeps coming out with new designs and people keep buying them.