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PS4 and Xbox One to have 'a great fight' this holiday season, says EA

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on 8 July 2014

Sony and Microsoft look set to have an epic ruck this holiday season as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One go head-to-head once again, says Electronic Arts' Chief Operating Officer, Peter Moore.

Speaking during an interview with WinBeta (via GamingBolt), Moore said that competition between the two format giants is healthy for the industry and consumers alike.

"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," said Moore.

"Consumers love it as well, and it's good for the industry," he continued. "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. 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."

Elsewhere, the executive also said that EA has no plans to stop pumping out games for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

"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," he 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."

Officially, PS4 has sold seven million units worldwide, although reports last week suggested that figure now sits at nine million. Stay tuned to PSU for more details.

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