Even though Microsoft seems to be streamlining all of it’s services and products with it’s One Microsoft initiative, bringing it’s Windows 10-like NXOE to gamers worldwide and allowing for Windows 10 PCs to run Xbox One games, don’t believe that this signals the end of the road for Microsoft’s console business.
“I fully expect that you’ll see another console from us,” says Phil Spencer, Head of Microsoft’s Xbox Division. “Our best customers are Xbox console customers, and I want to keep those people engaged both on the Xbox One and anything we might do in the future.”
While no signs pointed to this ever being an issue, it is reassuring to know that Microsoft fully stands behind its gaming console, as mobile devices and tablets are also becoming a go to for gaming hardware.
“I don’t want to dilute what the Xbox console customer feels. I want to expand what we’re able to do for more customers.”
It’s clear that Phil recognizes this move to tablet/PC gaming and Microsoft’s recent move allowing Xbox One games to play on Windows 10 devices shows that.
“We also know there are millions and millions of gamers who access Microsoft [in other ways,] whether it’s Windows, their phone, Skype — it could be many different things every day. As head of gaming inside of Microsoft, I think about how we make sure that all of those customers feel as supported and engaged as the Xbox fans do who own a game console.”.
So there you go, in case you ever needed reassurance, Microsoft has at least one more gaming console up it’s sleeve. But don’t expect the new console anytime soon, if recent trends are to give any indication, we could still be about a half a decade out.