Phil Spencer, Microsoft’s executive vice president of gaming and head of Xbox, appeared on CNBC’s “Squawk Alley” this week to discuss the increase in demand for Xbox Live services while many people around the world remain in quarantine due to the coronavirus. Spencer was also asked about the status of the next-generation Xbox Series X, and stated that the production of the new console would not be delayed by the coronavirus.
“On the hardware side we feel good about our plans. There’s obviously some impact to schedules, but overall, I think we’re in line with where we thought we’d be.“Phil Spencer, speaking to CNBC’s “Squawk Alley”
Games, however, could be a different story, as Spencer did not sound as confident about the launch library of games for the Xbox Series X being able to keep the same schedule as the hardware – though he did not rule it out.
“Teams are doing a really good job on keeping our hardware on track. I’d say that the bigger unknown is probably the game production, just being honest. Game production is a large scale entertainment activity now, you have hundreds of people coming together, building assets, working through creative.”Phil Spencer on game production during the coronavirus pandemic.
With a new Inside Xbox episode slated to stream on Thursday, May 7 that will show off third-party games coming to the Xbox Series X, we’ll soon get our first real glimpse of what the powerful new console will offer to Xbox fans this fall. Xbox exclusive launch titles like Halo Infinite and Forza Motorsport 8 will be shown off later this summer. Xbox also stated this week that they plan on sharing more of their reveal schedule next week, presumably as part of Inside Xbox.