Over the past months, a lot of talks has been made around the next-generation consoles and what will happen to console gaming when everything will be streamed on any device. Console leaving the video game scenery though is not a scenario that scares Phil Spencer, head of Xbox Microsoft.
Speaking with Variety, Spencer revealed that he’s not worried about the future of Xbox and he believes that video games will evolve beyond console generations. This is more of a sentimental than an analytic answer but it covers what Microsoft pretty much wants to do in the future. Here is his statement regarding next-generation consoles during the interview:
“Our focus right now is asking the question, ‘What can Microsoft do for gaming?’ instead of simply how to stack up against the competition. […] I care less that people play Minecraft on an Xbox One, but that people can play Minecraft no matter what console or device they have in front of them. Regarding your specific question about console generations, this is why I still see games themselves evolving beyond generations, and I’d like to keep evolving hardware as multi-generational too.”
Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot has also answered the same question, his answer though was way different being almost too realistic:
“I think we will see another [console] generation, but there is a good chance that step-by-step we will see less and less hardware. There will be one more console generation and then after that, we will be streaming, all of us.”
Phil Spencer has also revealed the length of Microsoft’s E3 2018 showcase, suggesting that the Microsoft E3 2018conference will last about 2 hours long. Fans are expecting to see Crackdown 3, Halo Infinity, Gears of War, something regarding Microsoft jumping on the battle royale bandwagon and above all something related to Shadow of the Tomb Raider.