What the heck is going on? I do not understand this decision whatsoever
He probably got fired after everything that went wrong.
He probably got an offer he couldn't refuse. :)
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I suspect the man has made more than enough money to retire quite comfortably and got a good offer that puts him on a short run to never needing to work again with the Zynga deal.
It's almost hilarious that a company would want to pick Mattrick up and place him in a CEO position after that massive debacle. He was with Microsoft as an exec for quite a while though, so to see him leave - debacle aside - is quite notable.
I wouldn't call it a "massive debacle". Despite all the nerd rage that was flung hither and thither, a whole lot of XBox One's were pre-ordered and continue to be pre-ordered. In fact... it was pretty much a massive success as was Sony's. The only 'failure' was the Nintendo, which seems to have been almost completely ignored.
But do you have numbers? Sure I kept reading that xbox one demand exceeded the expectations and pre-orders were selling out, etc, but without concrete numbers, all these things mean nothing. Maybe they expected demand to be ten. Maybe they only had 50 available for pre-order. No one knows.
I know that we didn't receive any pre-orders for the xbox company wide until after ms fix their entire used game situation. I know that the gamestop near me had no pre-orders either. PS4 has been steady since announcement.
they seem like a perfect fit, both full of ****
Well... At one point I saw a number saying 1.4 million XBox Ones pre-orders sold in the first 24 hours of availability but nothing saying how many since then (and can't even find where I originally found that info). I have seen no numbers on how many PS4 pre-orders have been sold so far at all. Also, the PS4 pre-orders have been available and on the market since February. So that would skew things a bit as well.
What company are you claiming had zero pre-orders "company wide"? PS4 has been steady since February or since E3? I'm having a hard time taking your post seriously... I mean come on... You don't really believe Microsoft thought demand would be 10 units, do you? Or that they only made 50 units available for preorder?
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I think Mattrick presented wrong and lost the confidence of some and/or most of his long time customers. Either he figured that out on his own or he was told so. Looks better to walk out on your own to another very lucrative job then to get fired later.
I think overall Xbox will be fine in the long run...they will always have ways to persuade or manipulate the masses and make their money.
Amazing! What a perfect company for this guy to end up at.
I don't think Mattrick necessarily deserved to get fired. I do think he bungled nearly everything related to the Xbox One, and that his initial presentation and backflip are examples of deep problems at Microsoft. But I could be wrong about that.
I submit to you that pre-orders are now a meaningless measure of console popularity. The Wii U sold like *crazy* in terms of pre-orders. Vita put up good pre-order numbers. So did the 3DS. The problem, in EVERY case, is that after the first week or two of sales, demand dropped like a rock.
The 3DS recovered thanks to price cuts and new games. The Vita is selling slightly better in the wake of PS4 tie-ins, but still not well. Wii U sales remain low. The lesson here is that pre-orders no longer signify sustained demand for a product. If anything, they tell you what your dedicated fan base looks like at the moment of launch, but precious little else.
Whether Microsoft sells 5 million units to Sony's 8 million on launch day or the other way around is remarkably unimportant. What matters is whether Microsoft is shifting 500,000 Xbox One's a month three months after launch, or 150,000. And that goes just as much for Sony.
this wasn't a massive debacle. It is pretty funny that he went to zynga though.
This move is probably good for matrick i hope it works out for him. Dave was probably right he got an offer he couldn't refuse from a company trying to throw off their parasitic shackles.
they are likely moving to a new genre of games with the promotion of matrick to their ceo.
Who know maybe microsoft wont be such a hag when it comes to letting us have features, in fact we may even get electronic share! i have been incredulous through this entire ordeal and have had a bad taste in my mouth since the beginning of Xbox one.
The kinect has always been interesting, adding it into every console was a good move and the improved hardware and software with the new design might be a large enough boost to pull microsoft out of the no go zone of most gamers, I cant wait to get an xbox one and see what type of incredible games it can handle.
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