Xbox One "may last 12 years, if not longer", according to Rare's Danny Isaac.
Isaac was speaking about the studio's Kinect Sports Rivals missing the console's launch day last November, and how there'll be "even fewer" opportunities to release alongside a console going forward.
"As we went through E3 and gamescom and looked at the timelines, we just weren't comfortable that we were going to give the experience to the consumers that we wanted for ourselves and that the franchise was known for," Isaac told VideoGamer.com.
"We made the decision to move out of the window, which is always tough, there's very few opportunities to be there day one, and there's going to be even fewer going forward.
"This console may last 12 years, if not longer," he continued. "But we got Preseason out, which was good, and it just gave us a little bit more time for the product to stay and cook a little bit more, because really the issue wasn't so much about depth of content. It was, as you see, everyone moves slightly differently, everyone's homes are set up differently, everyone engages in different ways, and we just weren't confident that we'd been through enough of that to make sure it was stellar in every situation."
Microsoft has previously said that it expects Xbox One to last "conservatively a decade", a similar length of time to that of the Xbox 360 which celebrated its eighth birthday last November.
Kinect Sports Rivals launches across Europe on April 11. We recently got the chance to play the game at Rare's offices, and you can see what we thought of it here.