As the Xbox One Scorpio and the Playstation 4 Pro were being announced and hinted at, rumors began to circulate about the possibility of consoles that, instead of being released every few years, would be upgradeable consoles instead, simply allowing players to buy upgrade parts instead of having to shell out for a new console.
However, with the announcement of the Playstation 4 Pro, Sony has denounced that idea, calling it impossible. Xbox president Phil Spencer put forward the same possibility, that this would be the last true “console generation”, but that may indeed not happen due to the release of the improved consoles.
One major advantage that PCs had over video game consoles is that owners aren’t required to buy a new console every few years, and instead must simply buy better graphics cards or other parts like them and simply swap them out of the CPU.
These not only allow a cheaper alternative to constantly buying new computers, but also allow computers to keep up with the latest technology, which consoles are unable to do.
While the Playstation 4 Pro and the Xbox One Scorpio may rival or surpass PCs in terms of processing power and graphical quality, upgradeable consoles not being a likely possibility means that the cycle of consoles coming out every few years will continue, leaving them perpetually behind PCs.
While there’s no guarantee that it will remain like that, the possibility is still a likely one, especially considering the wide variety of hardware options that PC players are capable of obtaining.
Currently, Sony president Andrew House can’t really think of a situation where that would help (at the moment, at least), but at the same time it’s probably something that Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo would be looking out for just in case it becomes more cost-effective to make upgradeable consoles, rather than brand new ones.