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Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are going to have a “great fight” this holiday, says EA

Monday, 30th June 2014 19:12 GMT By Sherif Saed

EA COO Peter Moore is expecting a fight for the consumer’s dough this holiday between Microsoft and Sony.

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Speaking to GamesindustryInternational in an interview, Moore talked about the firm’s plans to support last-gen consoles and his outlook for how the console war will go down this holiday season, with both consoles selling at the same price.

“I think it’s going to be a great fight in the holiday. And as a third-party publisher, we sit right in the sweet spot. Consumers love it as well, and it’s good for the industry.

“You need powerful companies like Sony and Microsoft to be battling out with each other because it drives investment in their platforms. It drives competition. You want to see Nintendo come back with the Wii U. All in all, it becomes healthy for gamers, for the environment. When you have a runaway winner, that actually has a reverse effect.”

Moore also said that they plan to support Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 for another two to three years.

“The hope is we get a decent tail of two or three years, and we’ll continue to make games for those platforms as long as fans buy them. What PlayStation did with the PS2 was a wonderful tail. I was at Microsoft and we kind of buried the Xbox quickly because to be blunt, it was just losing money.

“We stopped making games for it ourselves and stopped manufacturing it because the view was, ‘Let’s move to Xbox 360. Let’s get there quickly, establish a beachhead before the PlayStation 3 came out,’ and that certainly worked well in that generation. You could argue maybe the tables have been somewhat turned in this generation.”

Thanks, Gamespot.

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4 Comments

  1. ENGCLM

    As an owner of both I can confidently say there is a great deal of content available and due for release this year albeit sparingly.

    However … I don’t see this year being a ‘battle’ as such.

    Firstly, a distinct lack of exciting first party games makes it unlikely either platform is going to be the killer product of 2014 and even die hard platform fans will find it hard to warrant an upgrade yet and secondly, both platform holders seem content with things at the moment and more than happy to hold back till 2015.

    Therefore, I expect sales to remain at a similar pace as to last year with 2015 been the year of the battle. The year next gen slowly gets moved on from and then Sony and Microsoft fight over your money.

    #1 6 months ago
  2. nostramo

    Peter Moore is an asshole for saying that. Of course EA will benefit, he expects a fight for the consumers dough?
    Sony & microsoft?
    PS4 owners? XBO ownners?
    Folks who own both consoles?
    Way to go shit for brains, state the obvious why dont you..
    What do EA pay you to do’. ?

    #2 6 months ago
  3. polygem

    I have heard that Nintendo will completely dominate Lapland this holiday.

    #3 6 months ago
  4. Dragon

    “You need powerful companies like Sony and Microsoft to be battling out with each other because it drives investment in their platforms. It drives competition. You want to see Nintendo come back with the Wii U. All in all, it becomes healthy for gamers (and publishers, for the environment. When you have a runaway winner, that actually has a reverse effect.”

    Duh. EA, Acti etc. could extract better deals out of platform owners if their competition is strong, and consumers benefit from increased competition. You could see the hubris in PS3 (after PS2), Wii U (after Wii), X1 (after 360).

    #4 6 months ago

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