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Randy Pitchford Blasts Xbox Series X and Xboss Phil Spencer

by Liana Ruppert

The Game Awards 2019 offered a surprise first official look at the next generation of Xbox with the Series X, including more on specs, launches on the way, and so much more. While the design itself has become a meme in itself, the overall reaction to how the machine is thought to run has overall been met with positive feedback. For most, but not all, and one putting the Xbox Series X on blast – and Xboss Phil Spencer himself – is none other than Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford. 

Pitchford once more took to Twitter to offer his own take to Spencer’s comments on Moore’s Law and its slowdown. Confused on the subject matter and what Moore’s Law even is? According to Webster, Moore’s Law is “the principle that the speed and capability of computers can be expected to double every two years, as a result of increases in the number of transistors a microchip can contain.” That law hasn’t exactly held true in the realm of consoles, so Spencer made public his commentary on how Microsoft had to be completely innovative when tackling the next generation of gaming. 

Spencer also mentioned it was because of Moore’s Law that they came up with the unique look of the Xbox Series X, something that Pitchford said was just an “excuse.” 

He followed up with a chart to demonstrate his comment in action due to the backlash his initial callout brought:

The comment section, as expected, was divided with saying his explanation was self-contradictory, while others said that the further explanation made sense. From the looks of it, it seems that Pitchford is calling the integrity of the design choice, and its marketing, into question, something that Spencer himself has yet to address. 

While talk of the next generation is important and exciting, it’s a bit odd for Pitchford to be this aggressive about Spencer’s commentary this early into the reveal. It will be interesting to see Spencer’s response, if he does, and how exactly Moore’s Law applies when the Xbox Series X launches sometime in the holiday season of 2020. 

Liana Ruppert

With an arguably unhealthy obsession with Dragon Age and Mass Effect, Liana is wildly passionate about all things in the gaming community. From shooters, to RPGs, if it's out - she's playing it. A medically retired US Sailor and now full-time hoarder of gaming collectibles, Liana's passion for everything in the gaming industry is palpable. Also, if you lose her in a crowd, just casually mention any BioWare game and the crazy pterodactyl screech will without a doubt follow. You can follow her on Twitter @DirtyEffinHippy or email her for editorial inquiries at [email protected]!