With the reveal of the Xbox One S at E3 yesterday at the Microsoft conference, Phil Spencer has begun to address concerns that despite the three-year gap between the Xbox One coming out and the Xbox One S coming out soon, that this will not be a mobile-phone sort of scenario where a new console will come out every few years.
The Xbox One, which came out in 2013, is only three years old. The Xbox One S promises more memory, a slimmer size, and more, and will be coming out in Holiday 2017.
This is similar to the reveal of the Xbox 360, which came out in 2005 and had its updated re-release that came out five years later.
However, even with both of Microsoft’s prior consoles coming out only a few years apart from their slimmer re-releases, Microsoft president Phil Spencer has denied that the console will come out every few years like mobile phones.
Considering that most video game consoles are much more expensive than many mobile phones it’s not that surprising that Microsoft will not be constantly putting out new consoles. That is especially true when it’s likely that the Xbox One S will sell at a higher price than the regular Xbox One, since it has 6 teraflops of GPU power.
Phil Spencer also said that the console market will now be focusing on 4K resolution. Considering the Playstation 4 Neo and the Xbox One S are both dealing with 4K and higher resolution, we may see 4K for a long time to come.
The Xbox One S was also partially designed in order to continue giving the Playstation 4 competition, even with the sales gap that is between game sales for the Xbox One and the Playstation 4.
Which of the two console upgrades will be better, however, will depend on which one ends up being better when they come out at their respective release dates.