Mattrick departure unrelated to Xbox One woes, analysts say

VG247: "'Don’s been an industry pioneer and a key catalyst to Microsoft’s success in video games. He’s leaving behind a well-crafted and very skilled team of executives that are perfectly capable of carrying the torch,' EEDAR’s vice president of Insights wrote in response to our request for comment."

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Abash2026d ago (Edited 2026d ago )

That's very hard to believe given the extreme backlash the Xbox One has gotten since it was revealed. A little over a month ago it seemed like Don Mattrick was all about the future of Xbox and the new console, then out of nowhere he leaves the company so abruptly? MS hasn't even found or appointed the person to take his position yet

CommonSense2026d ago

It hasn't received "extreme backlash." Just a few outspoken idiots throughout that industry that think their opinions matter most.

ErcsYou2026d ago

Im very impressed that a " a few outspoken idiots" could make that much noise. If there was ever a perfect example of "extreme backlash", that was it. RIP Console DRM

LackTrue4K2026d ago

thous "IDIOTS" that your talking about, just made Microsoft change there ideas about DRM!

M-M2026d ago

You don't deserve that username.

Donnieboi2026d ago

@commonsense: your "sense" is far from common.

SilentNegotiator2025d ago (Edited 2025d ago )

It received enough backlash in pre-orders for them to do something.
So much for your "few outspoken idiots" theory.


The worst of the fanboys like to put things like "truth" and "common sense" and such in their usernames.

solidjun52025d ago

you forgot "Logic."

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jimbobwahey2026d ago

Ballmer initiated a company restructuring on July 1st. That's also the day it's announced that Don Mattrick is leaving Microsoft.

Anybody who claims it's unrelated to Xbox One woes is kidding themselves, Ballmer has booted the guy out and rightfully so.

B-radical2026d ago

Well i do reckon it's not xbox related for the mere fact you cant just go from one company to another and be ceo within the click of fingers even tho zynga is a sinking ship i believe this was in the making for a long time

Kenshin_BATT0USAI2025d ago

Not really, he could have had the offer for awhile before he 'decided' to leave MS.

CrossingEden2026d ago

think about how long it takes to get another job, get interviewed, them looking over your resume, and having that job confirmed, becoming CEO of another company doesn't happen in two day, think realistically here, stop pandering to fantasies

jmc88882025d ago

Actually you are assuming large corporations are run sanely. Case after case showcase corporations are breeding grounds for absolute insane activity.

You are also assuming that Mattrick was the lone reason these policies existed and in the worst cases, STILL EXIST.

He fell on the sword, nothing more. Most of the people involved at the top, especially Ballmer, created the situation they are in. We won't know who pushed the hardest, nor who had the final say, but rest assured the people at the very top had insight and influence and didn't stop the fiasco that just occurred. People need to quit thinking like Microsoft is finding all this out at the same time we are about...Microsoft.

You also assume that Zynga and other corporations aren't pursuing each other behind the scenes on a consistent basis.

He was probably aware of the interest from Zynga for quite some time, and over the MONTHS this fiasco has unfolded, some of which I'm sure haven't occurred yet, led to a situation where he started seriously entertaining the idea.

Ultimately everybody took a route that saves face for both sides as Microsoft didn't 'fire' him, nor needed to publicly admit further mistakes and his credibility and status in his profession amongst his peers is not damaged by him being fired. But everyone still can read between the lines.

This situation has been brewing ALL YEAR. It just came to a head since the reveal (1 1/2 months now). When all the major rumors from the past few months were found to be true. No doubt people at Microsoft were aware of the massive vocal outcry against their as of yet unannounced policies. They feigned ignorance as it was apparently needed to try to sell the console as is. Rubber met road, and Microsoft turned 90 degrees. It isn't 180 until they allow Kinect2 to be disconnected and add an SKU without it.

We still don't know the rest of the back story of just the apparent situation, Xbox One. Some of it includes the overall design choice of the console, nor it's potential problems. Right now, while it may be hard for people to understand, Microsoft knows if it's going to be a messy launch. They know exactly where they are.

They know how their production is. Chip yields. Overheating. Even potential other stuff. The same is true with any company producing anything, including Sony. But the rumors are Sony nailed production. We will see.

But right now, if production problems are undesirable, that too would play negatively upon Mattrick and everybody involved in such decisions. Microsoft knows this. We have glimpses. From the obvious rumors, to the low allotment of launch consoles, which have shown that such low allotment count means something about the process is flawed and/or undeveloped. Either way or both hurts Microsoft and is undesirable when compared to optimal. Plus given their track record, one should be watchful of the QA of their 1st generation consoles.

Make no mistake Microsoft knew about the 360 problems but pushed ahead. Who is to say they won't repeat such actions? Regardless of our wishes they know today where they are likely to stand in a few months.

Now if you want another indictment.... it is that the Xbox One uses a more complex method because of design decisions to make it cheaper. Yep. It's like putting a turbocharger inside a Prius to make up some of the difference between it and a Camaro.

jmc88882025d ago (Edited 2025d ago )

That complexity is what some of the rumors refer to. Problems that have to do with the eSRAM. Which means by going cheap, they screwed themselves. That was a decision. To go cheaper and attempt to make up some of it with a different part. (which coincidentally makes the games tougher to code for as well and all the problems that can create.)

If they would have been more concerned perhaps with...gaming...instead of overall NSA Kinect2 + casual nothings of tv, specific fantasy football, and other tertiary aspects perhaps they have a better product.

But what they did is make the console more difficult to produce, increase the potential for reliability concerns, make it harder for devs to code for (though not as much as a PS3), all so it could supposedly be cheaper. But any problems could erase the cost advantages. It's picking up pennies in front of a steamroller type stupid decisions. It may cost them more to implement the 'cheaper' solution, and in the process they gave their competitor a power advantage and got nothing positive from going 'cheaper'.

Hell we don't even know what their internals said of Sony. No doubt they had people trying to make a judgement of when and what Sony was going to put out. Reports of them being caught off guard show this to be possible. Them being behind is another example.

So someone was most likely wrong about what Sony was doing. Or someone thought it wasn't going to be a major difference. Someone in the position to be held accountable had to believe it.

Someone might have come up with the eSRAM idea late in the process. There's many areas, even multiple areas where mistakes were most likely made. At this point they can go through the process and make decisions on that. But it's quite a telling story of WHY they should.

Because now in effect they have a less powerful, harder to produce, harder to code for, potentially late, potentially unreliable, potentially down clocked beyond the original specs, yet also the more expensive console with all the fiasco's and missteps that they've corrected or remain stubborn on. Each of these problems require multiple mess-ups from multiple people, over a course of time.

Now we'll have to see how this all plays out, but as we sit today, Microsoft is well aware of things we'll only find out at or around the console launch. Basically what we've seen is that the people that came up with the ideas, implemented them, and put them into production have been reviewed, and changes are being made. That should not give anyone confidence about the Xbox One.

Maybe they pull it together, launch on time, at full power, with no major reliability issues (RRoD, disc scratch, etc), and in quantities that can remain competitive to Sony.

But every piece of data shows quite the opposite, and again, the data is there for Microsoft to know well as you.

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fermcr2025d ago (Edited 2025d ago )

Yep, Mattrick departure is absolutely not related to X1 woes !!! /s

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Ashlen2026d ago (Edited 2026d ago )

Just give me a sec to wash off my eyeballs they rolled out of my head onto the floor.

PopRocks3592026d ago

Ahahahahaha BS.

Of course it's related to all the PR trouble around Xbox One. What else could it be? They opted to focus on aspects of the console that no one cared about, restrict content and features on the console and royally screwed their reputation as a result. SOMEONE has to pay for that; just as one Mr. Orth did not too long ago.

Relientk772026d ago

yea right

well I think its directly related

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