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Rivalry between Sony and Microsoft is good for business, says EA

Friday, 14th June 2013 20:35 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Console wars may be fun for fanboys and girls, and annoying to some; but in all it’s good for the industry, thinks EA’s Peter Moore. So much so, that if Microsoft and Sony weren’t duking it out at retail, there would only be one console powerhouse – which would not be a good thing for EA.

Speaking with Polygon at E3, Moore said the industry wouldn’t survive if it was dominated by one particular manufacturer.

“It keeps them focused. They have to outdo each other,” he said. “The amount of investment they make in our industry is important. If it’s true that Microsoft has some catching up to do, having spent a lot of time in Redmond, Washington, I know what will happen up there. I can guarantee you that Don Mattrick has the resources corralled to make that happen. Steve Ballmer will be driving that hard from the top.

“The dust will settle on E3. People are going to declare winners and losers. It’s just the nature of the beast. Then you have the critical period, which I’ve run twice. E3 is over. Now it’s launch minus 122 days. It’s less about what you see at first blush at E3, where you’re still working in a lot of instances with alpha software, or even pre-alpha. What you’re going to see at Gamescom, which I think is going to be a very important show this year.

“Late August, if you’re not cranking on next gen in late August and that stuff isn’t looking truly next gen, then you have a real issue you have to be able to deal with.”

Moore said as a major third-party publisher, Sony and Microsoft both reach out to EA for feedback, because they are all partners when it comes to game creation.

“We’ve been around the block a lot longer, in a lot of instances, than their teams have,” he said. “We’ve seen it from both sides. They will, I think, represent our opinion on things very aggressively in their meetings. They’ll be interested in what we have to say. That’ll add to their data [along with public opinion].

“They have to get all that data in and figure out where they go from here. That’s pretty standard operating procedure when you go post-E3. You don’t spend the money and not have a full official debrief when you get back. What have we learned, what do we need to do, and when do we need to do it so we get our launch right?

“I’m not going to tell you what I’m going to say to Don [Mattrick] because I can see that headline: ‘Moore Says – Don, Get Your Shit Together’. That’s not what I’m going to say. But I was in Don’s position [before]. They will do what they need to do. It’s a very talented group of people.

“You’ve got two very motivated, large, multinational, global corporations saying: ‘We’ve gotta get this right. What is it going to take financially?’ It feels good if you’re sat in the middle of that.”

Microsoft and Sony will launch Xbox One and PS4,respectively, this holiday season

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18 Comments

  1. Sylrissa

    It is true that competition is good for the consumer as well, the last thing everyone should want to see is a monopoly.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. ianbenoir

    @1 yeah competition is good, even so, monopoly worked great with ps2.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. superjay779

    @2 It worked better current gen. Record number of console and games sold

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Talkar

    @1
    I agree, which is one of the reasons i’m against Steam. It is getting dangerously close to being a monopoly.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. NiceFellow

    Interesting he mainly mentions MS and “getting it sorted out”. Not saying he’s MS biased with it (although could be possible) – it comes across more as subconsciously referencing who needs to regroup after E3.

    As an aside I look forward to Titanfall on PS4 then – just to keep things balanced in the market.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. DSB

    Did Moore just compare the Xbox One to the Dreamcast?

    Ouch.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. POOP CRUSTY

    @4
    Still….$3 games that are normally $20 is too good to pass up…

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Talkar

    @7
    Sure, but at some point you have to make a stand. I know i have. I don’t mind buying from others places, often times cheaper than steam, or even full price, just for the sake of not buying on steam.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. ps3fanboy

    *flushtoilet* the xbox of shit goes right down the toilet of hell, the home of pc beggars and xbots!

    #9 2 years ago
  10. sgtsalt

    no, it’s bad because EA will even the graphics to the lesser console to spend the least energy possible developing the game for both consoles.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. fihar

    As things stand right now, it’s console manufacturers who have to actively court third-party publishers, and to a lesser extent consumers, to stay ahead of the competition.

    If there was only a single console manufacturer, there’d be no need for exclusivity deals and third-party publishers will be forced to go along with whatever policy the console manufacturer could come up with.

    It’s not hard to see why third-party publishers like EA would want this ‘console war’ to last as long as possible

    #11 2 years ago
  12. easux

    If EA thinks competition is good for everyone, Why in the hell did they buy the NFL licence to get rid of there biggest competition Take 2 Sports, what a bunch of Hippocrates.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. gameon

    @12
    EA thinks competition is good for OTHERS, not everyone…

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Maabren

    Ea talking shit again. Don’t belive any of those words.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. noamlol2

    #4 steam allows cd key activastion
    you could buy from amazon or other cheap places the CD key and redeem it on steam, still i agree with you

    steam’s largest competation lies in GOG.com since their games are completely DRM-free (no need to activate on steam)

    but still, steam allows game activastions from other sites

    i just got company of heroes complete edition on amazon for 7.50$
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DCDTSMI/ref=cm_cr_mts_prod_img

    so that makes steam sound so atractive, since if you got a good computer and no internet probs you will enjoy “capitalizem”

    #15 2 years ago
  16. backup

    is this joke ?
    Sony already killed MS in all 3 gen

    xbox1 is competing with Wiiu and PC

    PS4 is another league

    #16 2 years ago
  17. lionfranky

    #16 Have you been under rock? It has been almost even if not Miscrosoft beating Sony.
    Look at how much multiplatform sales outweigh on Xbox 360 than on PS3.
    Typically Sony fanboy in denial.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. Max Payne

    @17 Have you been under rock ?
    He is 100% troll.

    #18 1 year ago

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