“We’re Building Them as Fast As We Can” Says Xbox’s Phil Spencer

2020 Has Been a Tough Year

In terms of the games industry, it saw the launch of two of the most powerful consoles of all time, plus the announcement of the KFConsole, but as much as the year’s gaming news has been filled with announcements and news about the Xbox Series X and PS5, a lot of it has been dominated by stock shortages. Both Sony and Microsoft were affected by the ongoing epidemic and, as an unfortunate result, many players have been unable to get their hands on a coveted console, with millions of players left disappointed or forced to fork out thousands of dollars to scalpers.

Both Sony and Microsoft have faced criticism for the shortages, something which Phil Spencer addressed in his last interview of the year, with Larry Hryb and Xbox Live’s Major Nelson.

I get some people of, “Why didn’t you build more? Why didn’t you start earlier? Why didn’t you ship them earlier?” I mean all of those things. It is really just down to physics and engineering. We’re not holding them back. We’re building them as fast as we can. We have all of the assembly lines going. I was on the phone last week with Lisa Su at AMD, “How do we get more? How do we get more?” So it’s something that we’re constantly working on, but it’s not just us. I think gaming has really come into its own in 2020.”

It’s great to know that Xbox are doing their best to get back on track – nobody could have anticipated the sort of year 2020 turned out to be, or the effect it would have on the gaming industry. He’s certainly right that gaming has come into its own this year, however, as it closes out as perhaps the single most successful year in gaming history, seeing the release of so many instant classics and anticipated games like The Last of Us: Part 2 or Final Fantasy VII Remake. Now that both consoles are officially out it’s likely we’ll see the industry improving in leaps and bounds as they continue to take advantage of the new technology.

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