Xbox Series X is unlikely to have delays in hardware production, but may face COVID-19 caused difficulties in game development.
As he had said previously, Phil Spencer recently insisted once again that hardware production is going as planned. This means the next generation console will be ready in time for its expected launch in late 2020.
Despite having little impact on hardware production plans, the pandemic might have a hindering effect on game development schedules. Speaking to CNBC last week, Spencer stated the impact on Series X game development is the main concern.
“Teams are doing a really good job on keeping our hardware on track, I’d say 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 for creative. On the hardware side we feel good about our plans, there’s obviously some impact to schedules, but overall we’re in line with where we thought we would be.”
– Phil Spencer
With companies and staff trying to adapt to the new working conditions imposed by the pandemic, these difficulties are understandable.