Microsoft Won’t Release A New Xbox Every Two Years, Says Spencer

Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer has stated that there is no desire to release a new console every two years. Scorpio is an exception to the console cycle and will not be starting a new trend in releasing consoles more and more regularly.

In a recent interview with Game Informer, Spencer mentioned that he doesn’t know what is going to come after Scorpio. However, he did mention that releasing regular consoles like Scorpio is not part of the plan going forward.

“As for the “more regularly” part, to be completely honest, I don’t know what the next console is past Scorpio,” he said. “We’re thinking about it. We’re looking at consumer trends and what the right performance spec and price would be, and [asking ourselves], ‘Can we hit something that has a meaningful performance characteristic that a gamer would care about?’

“I don’t have this desire to every two years have a new console on the shelf; that’s not part of the console business model, and it doesn’t actually help us. The best customer I have is somebody who buys the original Xbox and just buys all the games. That’s the best customer for us in terms of the pure financials of it. I don’t have a need to get you to go buy the newest console, or I don’t have the need to create an artificial loop of, “Here’s a new console every two years,” in order to get you to go buy.”

“I think for consoles it’s different,” he said. “I think you have to hit a spec that actually means something in an ecosystem of televisions and games.” Scorpio is set to release holiday 2017 and will offer six teraflops of computing power and support for native 4K gaming.


SOURCE: Game Informer




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