Xbox One 'hasn't been rushed' to market, says Major Nelson

CVG: Despite acknowledging a number of "challenges" in the run-up to this November's Xbox One launch, Xbox Live director of programming Larry 'Major Nelson' Hyrb insists the console hasn't been rushed to market.

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allformats1444d ago (Edited 1444d ago )

Who are they kidding? Sony caught Microsoft off guard when they announced PS4 in February, and ever since they've been playing catch up, rushing everything and destroying the Xbox One in the process.

They should release Xbox One in late December or next year.

If not, I predict another RROD fiasco.

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Septic1444d ago (Edited 1444d ago )

Sony might have put pressure on Microsoft with the strength of their announcements but off-guard? I don't think so.

"rushing everything and destroying their console in the process."

What? You're just making up nonsense now. Please provide evidence for your claims of the console being rushed or destroyed?

"They should release Xbox One in late December or next year.

If not, I predict another RROD fiasco"

Pure sensationalist garble.

**At Gamescom, every game in the Xbox booth was running on final Xbox One hardware. Every. Single. One. That would paint a very different take on the being 'rushed.**

That's good to know. Phil Spencer and Major Nelson have Xbox Ones in their homes right now. The only thing we haven't seen from both companies is an in-depth walk through of the UI's on both systems. That seems to be an area where I sense there is a lot of work to be done.

pompombrum1444d ago

The fact it's going to be released in so few countries plus only 6 countries or so will have voice support. Not sure about the number of countries that get live TV but I imagine it's fairly low too. All of this points to be a somewhat rushed launch. I wouldn't go as far as saying they were caught offguard by the ps4 announcement but seeing how few countries benefit from a lot of the touted features at the Xbox One reveal show, it's obvious they didn't have as much time to plan as they'd have wanted.

Septic1444d ago


Fair points but really, these are the kind of hiccups you expect at the launch of a new console.

Case in point, the PS3 launch was delayed from November to March.

I don't think they're being rushed into the market by Sony. They're feeling the pressure yeah but that's inevitable considering the stage we are at.

TheTwelve1444d ago


You said "Case in point, the PS3 launch was delayed from November to March."

Yes, and I believe Microsoft forced Sony to push the PS3 out faster than they wished as well.

Major Nelson is SUPPOSED to say that the X1 hasn't been rushed out. I prefer looking at evidence for truth rather than the words of spokesmen.

Kayant1444d ago


AS far as we know Tv functionality is only available in the US at launch


Thehyph1444d ago

I agree. Thank you, Septic, for staying logical. Your posts aren't trash like the many.

I would say that Microsoft is rushing right now, but I wouldn't say that the end result will be rushed.

Sony is in the same boat. Every department under the PlayStation brand should be putting in overtime right now. Marketing and advertising, firmware and software, everything related to hardware production, etc.

A company working its arse off, with a clear deadline in sight, does not mean the end product will be "rushed."

There really is waaayyy too much sensationalism going on about these things.

Killjoy30001444d ago

Septic, you're denying some pretty believable scenarios. Anything can happen to the hardware on both sides. It's the fact that you're so quick to dismiss these claims that bothers me.

abzdine1444d ago

like they will say they rushed just like they never rushed 360!
PR BS at its best

Septic1444d ago (Edited 1444d ago )


What believable scenarios? I'm not dismissing anything. We can only make an assessment from what we are being told and what we know.

Yes there are a few hiccups, but that doesn't necessarily make it a fact that the console is being rushed. People are so quick to jump the gun. You shouldn't be bothered with my assessment of the situation.

"You're so quick to dismiss these claims"

What about allformats who thinks that MS are "destroying their console in the process" and are predicting "another RROD fiasco"? Any my assessment bothers you?

Picnic1444d ago

There is plenty of precedent to have concerns about the hardware quality though.
Microsoft later sent buyers of the original Xbox, including myself, a power button because otherwise it was identified that the console could catch fire after so long. Every time I put the power cable in the Xbox it crackled with electricity- that's not a healthy sound.

ZodTheRipper1444d ago

Hey, that would be their first time lyin ...oh wait, the first time this week. Oh well the FIFA preorder story ..the first time today!!

wannabe gamer1444d ago (Edited 1444d ago )

**At Gamescom, every game in the Xbox booth was running on final Xbox One hardware. Every. Single. One. That would paint a very different take on the being 'rushed.**

BLATANT LIE. if this were true then BF4 wouldnt have been running on a win8 PC hidden below a desk cabinet out of view. they were trying to hide the fact that the Xbone demo for bf4 wasnt running on a xbox one at all and now they are lieing about it flatout

ginsunuva1444d ago

Bf4 at the xbox booth was pc's

gaffyh1444d ago

@Septic - I don't agree with most of what allformats said, but what I do think is true is that MS were at the very least pressured, because they delayed their initial reveal by a month. It was supposed to be in April, but it was delayed till May, and I honestly believe that was because Sony showed a lot more than MS expected, and they thought they could 1up them by producing a console shell to show off.

It didn't work...

iamnsuperman1444d ago

I think they were caught off guard. I think Microsoft were going for an early 2014 launch. I think they saw Sony's line up this year for the PS3 and thought it would be crazy of them to launch. Everything points to an early launch next year when you count in the limited amount of regions that are getting it in 2013. I think in February things went into overdrive because they miss judged Sony. I would have done the same. I was expecting a late 2014 early 2015 PS4 launch looking at the PS3's line up this year

kenshiro1001444d ago (Edited 1444d ago )

Sorry but you can't deny that Microsoft tripped over their feet during their conference and E3.

@ tordavis, Gakai is a service. That doesn't indicate that the PS4 was rushed...

tordavis1444d ago

@aibreeze and the fact that Gaikai won't be ready until 2014 doesn't look like PS4 was rushed to market?


sourav931444d ago

But Septic, wasn't Bf4 running on PCs at the Xbox booth during PAX?

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UnHoly_One1444d ago

Septic the number of disagrees you have is a depressing reminder of how fanatical the fanboys on this site are.

The only person I see speaking sense and being unbiased, and you have a 4 to 1 ratio of disagrees to agrees.

All because you aren't spouting Sony propaganda or spelling out Doom and Gloom for Microsoft.

I wish there were more people like you on this website.

hazardman1444d ago

You know these sony droids have their minds made up already. XBone will be fine!

redwin1444d ago

They are going tho try and spin this positive into a negative. MS has some chases to do and that's because they are changing everything to what we want. If so and it comes out later then do be it. I commend Microsoft for taking their time and doing changes to please their customers. One of the things that I like about Xbox is that they don't play it safe and always tries to advance the video concept. Thank you MS, for trying to avoid another RROD and not rushing out a broken system.

Sono4211444d ago

@ Spetic

You keep calling these "hiccups" but that really isn't the right word for them at all. The Xbox One not having TV functionality in any countries at launch besides the US is much more than a hiccup when thats its flagship feature! They should have started trying to figure it out on day one! It shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that it would be difficult to get it to work in all countries.. that should have been their main focus and should have had it figured out by now.

Also not saying there are any problems with the hardware but saying the games were running on Xbox One's doesn't mean anything.. before the 360 launched there were games being showcased on 360's and yet look at all the problems that had..

N4Flamers1444d ago

I would say it was a bit rushed because a lot of the features you hear about are not available at launch (i.e. external drive support) Even some of the features they had before the 180 were not available at launch (i.e. family share plan) I believe the overwhelming negative press that caused them to 180 has thrown them off their game.

What if it wasnt so simple to change everything about the xbox one and they're scrambling to get things right. I think they should take some time out to rethink their strategy and come out with something clear and concise. As it stands the console seems thrown together because of all the changes (i.e. over clock) It screams caution from a consumer point of view.

nukeitall1444d ago (Edited 1444d ago )


"The Xbox One not having TV functionality in any countries at launch besides the US is much more than a hiccup when thats its flagship feature!"

You mean compared to PS4 launching in a bunch a countries, but completely lacking AAA games and only showing indie games?

Isn't playing games *THE ONLY* feature of PS4?

Consoldtobots1444d ago

I think this is proof positive that you have to be BRAIN DEAD to work for MS.

let me explain something to you Larry, I would stick with the "got caught off guard" angle

to imply that you were not and this is what you have to offer actually makes your co. look completely incompetent.

Outside_ofthe_Box1444d ago (Edited 1444d ago )


***"You mean compared to PS4 launching in a bunch a countries, but completely lacking AAA games and only showing indie games?"***

Interesting seeing you complain about the lack of exclusives for the PS4 considering that when that complaint is lobbied at the 360 your response is "Exclusives don't matter! Just because a game is exclusive doesn't mean it's good! When I play a game I don't think about whether it's exclusive or not, I just play it if I enjoy it!"

I bet you'll say some gibberish like exclusives only matter in the beginning of the life cycle and has no meaning towards the end of the life cycle due backlog, but that's just some "fangirl" nonsense to justify when exclusives matter so it suits your "arguments" conveniently.

Complaining about lack of exclusives for the PS4 is pretty foolish any when you consider that Sony has confirmed that all of their studios are making games for the PS4. Sony isn't going to do what they did last gen revealing games that are 3+ years from being finished especially when that was a major complaint many gamers had with the PS3.

If you look at *lunch lineups* strictly XB1 only has one more exclusive than the PS4 when you include Killer Instinct. The rest of XB1's revealed games aren't coming until either next year in 2014 or 2015+. MS revealed a lot of their lineup for the next 1-2 years while Sony hasn't is what all of this "lack of AAA exclusives for the PS4" boils down to.

***"Isn't playing games *THE ONLY* feature of PS4?"***

PS4 has plenty of features outside of playing games it's just that Sony is marketing the PS4 as a gaming machine this time around hence why they aren't putting emphasis on those features.

I would make an attempt to list them, but that will be wasted time in my part knowing that you are biased against the system anyway. You'll mostly just down play them saying things like "360 could already do it", "the XB1 can do that too", "I don't see the thrill in being able to do that", "I don't care for such feature", "That feature is useless because you have to purchase another device", "That feature is impractical and most likely won't work when it's actually put in place", etc.

Just remember, for every feature or game you either don't like or don't care for regarding the PS4, there is some just like you saying the same thing about the XB1. Point being everyone has different opinions.

LordDhampire1444d ago

They had to come out with damage control that it wasn't rushed, thats enough evidence to me that it was I didn't even really think about it til now.....Major Nelson has really just been pissing me off lately I know he works for Microsoft but he's just saying what ever they tell him....

They had mostly redeemed themselves from the original xbox one reveal at this point they need to sit back and stop talking and feeding all this bull.....

They are the best player on sonys team

Gozer1444d ago

Septic I commend you for speaking simple logic. If the mob had their way we would be playing Pong and just agreeing with ourselves. Sony has managed to raise more idiots than even themselves are suprised about. They are like a girlfriend that gave you sex and you left for being too old fashioned, then you got ahold of a wild chick and got scared, and decided to stay with good old fashioned poontang. They are scared of everything except that old stuff.

I want a fucking holodeck, you pansies need to get some mothers milk and grow some stones.

andrewsqual1444d ago

I agree. I mean they had 3 perfectly long months to properly plan a cohesive conference that would have destroyed Sony's and yet did......that. Well we all know what the reaction was to the worse console reveal in history and since then it was mishap after mishap. And all done to themselves, nothing to do with Sony.

DragonKnight1444d ago

This just in, Major Nelson spouts of PR answers, surprises no one.

Did anyone actually expect he would say otherwise? People like Major Nelson are hired to deny the truth publicly. They are professional hype men and it's against their job description to even drop a hint of negativity towards their product. These people exist in all companies, though some have them a lot more pronounced than others.

Some things don't require an exec to come out and spell it out for everyone. It can be seen in policies as plain as day.

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No_Limit1444d ago

"They should release Xbox One in late December or next year. If not, I predict another RROD fiasco."

LOL, what a hater and first to post his own submission, as always. smh

gaelic_laoch1444d ago

No_Limit are you 100% confident that the xbone is 100% fit for market? And would you stand by your convictions if it does become a fiasco?