4 weeks ago Microsoft had a press event in San Francisco, where journalists, YouTube personalities and Twitch streamers got hands-on time with most-anticipated spring games and platform experiences which are coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 in the coming months. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer was also there speaking about the upcoming games and Xbox platform in general, and while there he also hinted that the Xbox One could see a future in which it is upgraded, rather than replaced by new consoles.
The so-called Xbox 1.5 would feature new hardware innovations and would be backwards compatible with current titles.
Now speaking to Game Informer he poured some cold water on the rumour he started, saying he preferred full rather than incremental upgrades to the unit.
“I’m not a big fan of Xbox One and a half. If we’re going to move forward, I want to move forward in big numbers,” Spencer said. “I don’t know anything about any of the rumors that are out there, but I can understand other teams’ motivations to do that. For us, our box is doing well. It performs, it’s reliable, the servers are doing well. If we’re going to go forward with anything, like I said, I want it to be a really substantial change for people – an upgrade.”
Microsoft may of course have an interest in launching a new generation of consoles, given that they have lost this one to the PlayStation 4 after a rather bungled launch.
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