Xbox One head, Phil Spencer has hinted that the Xbox One will be getting hardware upgrades. Spencer likened the Xbox One’s future to that of a PC, with upgrades to boost performance. This move appears to end Microsoft’s interest in a console which will remain technically static until the company’s next generation box comes around.
“Consoles lock the hardware and the software platforms together at the beginning of the generation. Then you ride the generation out for seven or so years, while other ecosystems are getting better, faster, stronger,” Spencer said to Polygon.
“We can effectively feel a little bit more like we see on PC, where I can still go back and run my old Doom and Quake games that I used to play years ago but I can still see the best 4K games come out and my library is always with me. Hardware innovation continues while the software innovation is able to take advantage and I don’t have to jump a generation and lose everything that I played on before.”
Phil has also commented on VR saying, “We’re not really focused right now on adding a VR device to Xbox One,” Spencer told Game Informer. “We’re really more focused on the open ecosystem of Windows. We see Oculus and HTC and Valve and other people doing great work on Windows and we’re supportive of that.”
“We’re watching how VR evolves. We’re participating – we have Minecraft and other things that we’re working on in the VR space and with HoloLens as well. Specifically on Xbox One, we’re not really focused on bringing a device to that platform.”
Let’s not forget Microsoft is due to bring Universal Windows Apps to Xbox One in the not-too-distant future.
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