EA: Expect A ‘Great Fight’ Between Xbox One And PlayStation 4

During an interview with GamesIndustry International, EA COO Peter Moore has stated that people should expect a “great fight” between the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this holiday season, despite the PlayStation 4 enjoying a healthy commercial lead ahead of the Xbox One.

“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,” Moore said. “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,” he added. “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 revealed that EA will probably support both last-gen consoles, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, for another 2-3 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,” Moore said. “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.”

Microsoft recently dropped the price on its Xbox One by $99, and severing the Kinect in the process. Analysts expect this price drop to affect sales for Microsoft’s system in a positive way.