The current generation of the Xbox might be the last, according to Microsoft.
“We think the future is without console generations,” the head of Xbox games marketing, Aaron Greenberg, said in an interview with Engadget.
Explaining further, Greenberg said that the Xbox Scorpio and other future updated consoles will not split off into a new generation, but instead will build iteratively on the current Xbox One (similar to how PC technology upgrades over time without a definite cut-off).
“We think that the future is without console generations,” Greenberg explained. “We think that the ability to build a library, a community, to be able to iterate with the hardware?we’re making a pretty big bet on that with Project Scorpio. We’re basically saying, “This isn’t a new generation; everything you have continues forward and it works.” We think of this as a family of devices.”
Xbox head Phil Spencer added his thoughts on Twitter, saying that Microsoft’s thinking ahead and “already has ideas” for systems going forwards after the Scorpio.
@umairshazi Already have ideas for what could be after Scorpio. Great thing in gaming, early tech adopters and best creators of any industry
? Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) August 18, 2016
Greenberg concluded that Microsoft will wait and see how fans (and the market) react, but the company feels fairly confident in its decision to end console generations.
“We’ll see,” Greenberg said. “We’re going to learn from this, we’re going to see how that goes. So far I’d say, based on the reaction, there appears to be a lot of demand and interest around Project Scorpio, and we think it’s going to be a pretty big success. If the games and the content deliver, which I think they will do, I think it will change the way we think about the future of console gaming.”
Project Scorpio is expected to release by the end of 2017.