Xbox One launch problems “predictable and preventable,” says former boss
Original Xbox boss Robbie Bach has said that the criticisms levelled at the Xbox One before launch were “predictable and preventable”.
The console was heavily criticised for a number of features that were eventually cut or subdued in time for launch, including always-on requirements, a big emphasis on TV features and a convoluted DRM policy.
“I think I have two thoughts,” he told Geekwire. “The first is, gosh, I think some of that was predictable and preventable. If I’m just honest I would say that. These console competitions last 5, 6, 7, 8 years. I think it shows in the marketplace today.
“I think Xbox One has put almost all of that behind itself. They’ve got a great holiday lineup. They’re gaining share and volume. … The amazing thing is the console market is bigger now than it’s ever been before. Both companies are selling more units.”
He also went on to say that although he thinks the Xbox One stumbled, losing some of the momentum of the success of the Xbox 360, he sees services as Xbox Live going from strength to strength.
“You would have liked to have seen them done more with the momentum we had. On the other hand, look at what’s going on on Xbox Live. Incredible momentum on Xbox Live. I think it’s a balance thing.
“I could also say that the team did what they needed to do,” he added. “They persevered through a rocky patch, and they’re now on the path to making this a very competitive market.”