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PETER MOORE

PETER MOORE

Chief Operating Officer

POSTED BY Peter Moore ON May 21, 2013

Resetting the Stage: New Consoles and the Next Generation of Gaming

Circle this day in gaming history – one we will all remember for the arrival of a long-awaited new era in console gaming.   Along with my EA colleagues, I was in Redmond today to see Microsoft unveil Xbox One, and based upon what they showed us, we should all be incredibly excited.

I’ve got some experience with console announcements, but I can safely say none have had more anticipation behind them than this new generation.  And without doubt, none have delivered this kind of increase in technology, graphic fidelity, social integration and raw power.

Two months ago, our DICE studio unveiled a stunning 17-minute demo of Battlefield 4 – we couldn’t say it at the time, but what players saw was a game designed for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 architecture.  Today in Redmond, Andrew Wilson went further with a detailed view of what gamers can expect from the next generation of EA SPORTS.   It was a spectacular showcase that included FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, NBA Live, and EA SPORTS UFC, all powered by the new EA SPORTS IGNITE development engine.  As someone that has been closely involved in sports console games for the past 14 years, I can honestly say that this is the greatest leap in the way those games look, feel and play that I have ever witnessed.

The next generation of console gaming has arrived; our greatest stage for interactive entertainment has just been reset.  However, the new consoles from Microsoft and Sony will launch into a gaming audience very different from eight years ago, so it’s time to acknowledge the question on a lot of people’s minds.

Smartphones and tablets have attracted tens of millions of new players in the past five years with different interests and expectations for games.  Make no mistake, in a short amount of time this has become a powerful gaming audience.   You’ve likely already read  or heard attempts to explain how the popularity of mobile games today spells disaster for the new consoles, and there will be more in the weeks ahead.  I simply couldn’t disagree more.  Just as TV, movies and YouTube coexist, consoles and mobile gaming will stand together as well.  In fact, our belief – and we’re not the only ones here – is that ultimately mobile and console will be complementary, not competitive. 

This is not an either-or proposition.  When new technology unlocks this much potential, we have every reason to be excited for the future of gaming, and what we can create.

Speaking of which, we’ve got so much to show you.  We will start at E3 in just a few weeks’ time, with EA’s press conference on June 10 at 1pm PT (live on SPIKE TV).  You’ll see new demos and footage of games from EA SPORTS, Battlefield 4, Need for Speed and more – games that our developers have been working on under wraps for almost one year.  We will also reveal what we’ve been already been working on with our partners at Disney.  For those able to attend E3, EA’s booth will feature playable demos of Xbox One and PlayStation 4 games. 

I’m convinced for many reasons that 2013 is going to be an historic year for gamers.  What Microsoft showed us today is just the start, come join us at E3 for what’s next.

Comments (14)

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    Good afternoon. Firstly, I apologize for bothering you this, I'm sure, for a professional with their assignments time is something scarce, I took the liberty of sending you this because I have a fairly interesting and that may well be used in FIFA . However I am finding it very difficult to get the contacts from EA so I can present my idea. So come through this request your assistance and guidance on how I should proceed to get this company to submit my project. If this does not cause you
    May 21, 2013
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    If this does not cause you any problem, please help me if you can, be sure that it is not a trivial idea, quite the contrary is a simple yet functional idea Rest assured that I am not an adventurer has developed other projects, the latest of them, it is a cover for promotional soft drink bottles that Coca-Cola is studying whether to use it in the pantry 2014. If you can help me arranging contact EA, I will be very grateful, thank you very much for your attention, once again sorry for the incon
    May 21, 2013
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      Hi Sidney - We removed the post you left with your contact information for your own security purposes. Thanks for the input, you can share ideas with our FIFA team on Twitter with the handle @EASPORTSFIFA or comment on their blogs on www.easports.com. Thanks!
      May 21, 2013
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    I have been playing consoles since the Atari days. I have owned everything Sega, Nintendo and Sony (yea I never got in to Microsoft consoles, you have to draw a line somewhere) I have purchased an insane amount of games. I will likely continue to buy many games. After the sour taste Sim City has left in my mouth, I wont be going back to EA for anything. Months later and Sim City is more broken then when it launched. I want the game I purchased not a free one I did not care for.
    May 22, 2013
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    What most of the talking head media that keep perpetuating this myth that mobile will somehow drive consoles out of business forget that the same thing was said about consoles driving PC gaming out of business. Also, mobile performed the ideal trick of the trade - rather than grabbing a chunk of an existing market, they grew the market by millions of players. Bravo, sir.
    May 23, 2013
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    I find it ironic that you, Peter Moore, once being the head of Sega during the Dreamcast days - when EA helped bury your efforts to make that system a success - that you would now attempt to do the very same thing to Nintendo. I remember being so happy that Sega had someone like you making the tough decisions, trying your hardest to fight back against the tide. But, now I don't know what to think about you. I know you aren't the only one calling the shots, but you have an influencial voice....
    May 23, 2013
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    Please use that voice to fight for us fans and the Wii u.
    May 23, 2013
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    EA: the biggest fiasco of video gaming what the heck is going on? is it people loving EA because of battlefield or hating because of the other games? i don't hate their games, neither they. i don't like their actions. and........ i wasted my time here. Bash on my post if you want, i will not come back. but seriously, do you guys think that this will stay forever like THIS? I AM COUNTING SECONDS that this is going to fall down really hard. and since EA went really high, the impact would be HUGE
    Jun 1, 2013
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    Mr Moore, EA, in regards to Medal of Honor Warfighter, myself and the hardcore fans who are still loyal to this franchise want more downloadable maps, camos, and weapons for the game. Is there any chance you guys can still provide for the fans?
    Jun 2, 2013
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    Yep I can already see the future days when EA starts to shut down the servers on Xbox One games! Haha
    Jun 8, 2013
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    I participated in the bf3 alpha and beta programs and felt I gave very constructive feedback for both of those programs, yet was not chosen for the bf4 alpha even though I preordered the limited edition on the very first day it was released. Instead there are people that are playing the alpha who do nothing but leak videos and spam the forums with negative, non-helpful threads. I don't understand why I didn't get an invite but I can tell you I feel slighted and as a result will be cancelling....
    Jun 23, 2013
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    Once again you show just how out of touch you are. From what I've read XBox is almost starting over with X Box 1. People didn't like anything about it. But, EA has proven time and time again that you don't care what people like. Or want. In fact you do the opposite of what people like and want. I wouldn't even be on here posting this if I could get on line and play. But ONCE AGAIN I can't log into Origin! !!!!!!! You people truly suck at customer service!!!!!
    Jun 25, 2013
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    Once again, you make me proud because your game is cool. Like your gaming graphics. Thanks for you the maker of fifa gaming
    Jul 2, 2013
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    And please focus to FIFA14 at computer. Because i can only play at my computer with my joystick. Im bored if you dont add something new...
    Jul 2, 2013
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    I was asked by my son to install Battlefield 3 game on my PC, his PC wouldn't run the game correctly. I didn't do this right away due to an accident where I ended up with a broken neck. After a long period of surgeries and rehabs, I finally felt good enough to perform this task for my son. I started the install but then it required the Product Key, since he already installed it on his PC it wouldn't work. I contacted tech support, after over 3 hours they would not assist us with our task.:(
    Jul 17, 2013
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