Microsoft fully unveiled the upcoming console Xbox One X at its E3 2017 press conference with a $499 price tag. However, the console is not even launched yet and there are reports that Microsoft is already working on the successor of Xbox One X.
The report comes from Windows Central’s Jez Corden, who is a well-known Microsoft insider. According to the report, the successor to Xbox One X will not come out in the next two years since it will be too early. The report further suggests that the console will be a refresh of Xbox One X.
He added that as far as Microsoft is concerned there are no more ‘generations’, meaning a ‘next generation’ Xbox like it has previously been will never happen in future at least not from Microsoft. He also revealed that Xbox head is aware of the negative sentiment about Microsoft having too much focus on hardware compared to software, which might indicate that things will change in the future.
With the initial reveal of Microsoft’s upcoming console Microsoft marketed it as VR-ready console, however, nothing related to VR was showcased at E3 2017 for Xbox One X and there is a reason behind it. According to Microsoft general manager Dave McCarthy, Microsoft is intentionally focusing on PC for VR and AR.
Our focus right now is admittedly on the PC space. So we look at Windows 10, we see an open ecosystem for developers. We see a huge installed base of half a billion monthly active devices on Windows 10. And we say that feels like the right area of focus right now [for VR/AR].
He further added that VR is yet to receive any groundbreaking experience that will showcase its true potential but, that is not exactly the problem with the system.
It is important to mention that this is just a rumor so take it as a grain of salt. However, it seems a bit non-sensical that Microsoft would be working on the console’s successor since optimization for X is already ongoing.