In a recent interview, Microsoft have been speaking about the upcoming Project Scorpio, the future, and their belief that the current console generation will be the last.
Speaking to Engadget, Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg stated that he thinks console generations will soon die out. He also believes that based on the high interest in the Scorpio, the way we approach console gaming in the future will also change.
When asked if he thought this would be the last console generation, he replied:
I think it is. For us, we think the future is without console generations; 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.
In the last couple of console generations, we’ve seen a spotted history of backwards compatibility. Something that Greenburg thinks will no longer happen going forward.
So we’re saying, if you bought games and accessories for your Xbox One, or you buy an Xbox One S, those games and those accessories are going to work on Project Scorpio. When you think about backwards compatibility and our games lineup, we want gamers to know that when they’re ready to upgrade to Scorpio, that content will go with them. That’s our promise and commitment around compatibility.
Project Scorpio is heading our way Holiday 2017, and will have no exclusive games, minus some planned VR titles. Sony’s elusive Playstation Neo has yet to be formally announced, though it’s expected to be shown off during an event in New York later this year.