Microsoft’s powerful new Xbox console – Project Scorpio – is coming in 2017, just four years after the original Xbox One came into the world.
I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that such a short amount of time between hardware isn’t exactly usual for the console market. Between Scorpio and the impending PS4 Pro, should we expect more frequent upgrades as the new standard?
Xbox boss Phil Spencer doesn’t think so – at least not right now. In an interview with Game Informer, Spencer was asked if Microsoft will begin launching new hardware ‘more regularly’.
While Spencer said that nothing has been decided yet, he did explain he doesn’t want to fall into the nasty habit of a new console every two years.
As for the ‘more regularly’ part, to be completely honest, I don’t know what the next console is past Scorpio. 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?
Spencer added that he personally has no desire to churn out new Xboxes with such frequency, noting that it isn’t part of the console business model, and that ‘it doesn’t actually help us’.
He then explained that the ideal Xbox customer is one who buys one system, and lots of 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.
Of course, Spencer was wary not to give a concrete answer, making sure to add that he doesn’t know what the next bit of Xbox kit after Scorpio will be – yet.
While we won’t be seeing the Scorpio for a few months yet, everyone at Microsoft seems pretty excited – it’s even been described as the most powerful home console ever.
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.