Microsoft is really trying to change the game with their Project Scorpio, saying that it will be the end of console generations.
In an interview with Engadget, Aaron Greenberg, the head of Xbox game marketing, said, “We think the future is without console generations.” He spoke to the fact that console gaming in the future will look more like PC gaming does now.
Specifically, he was discussing the absolute backwards compatibility, saying:
Generally when you bring a new iteration of console hardware you lose compatibility with their games and accessories. 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.
This could potentially change the entire ecosystem of console gaming, and it begs the question, will Sony follow suit? Sony is gearing up to announce more specifics on their Playstation Neo project, and it will be exciting to see the differences between where Sony decides to go, especially is Project Scorpio sees major success.
This is definitely a major aspect of PC gaming that console gaming is missing. Everything goes with you, you don’t have to buy anything other than the games themselves, and the hardware that goes along with playing that game. It would be very exciting if Scorpio features customizability like a PC does, which would put Microsoft in a totally different class of gaming than Sony if Sony decides to stay with the traditional console system.