Don’t expect the next Scorpio to be the end of console generations

Xbox games marketing head Aaron Greenberg said that Project Scorpio would be “the end of console generations,” but that may not be the case.

Xbox boss Phil Spencer

Xbox boss Phil Spencer

When you hear that, you think, one single machine that you can upgrade as time goes on; essentially, a PC. Well, this is not going to be the case according to Xbox head Phil Spencer, who said in an interview with Game Informer:

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.

The reason I hesitate to say yes to your question in terms of the future is, I don’t know what the next thing is past Scorpio right now… I’m not trying to turn consoles into the graphics card market where every so often Nvidia or AMD come out with a new card, and if I want a little bit more performance I’m going to go buy that new card. I think for consoles it’s different. I think you have to hit a spec that actually means something in an ecosystem of televisions and games.

When I hear him say that, it sounds to me like he is saying in a tactful way that Greenberg was being a bit overzealous, and it sounds like he’s trying to say, “We’re going to shake things up, but don’t expect it to be some huge innovation in gaming.”

My interpretation could be wrong, however. Only time will tell.

Project Scorpio is coming during the holiday season on 2017.

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