The next generation Xbox was teased at E3 2018 and while there is little that we know about the upcoming console, we have got hints here and there that give us an idea of what we can expect to see. Here is what we know about the next generation Xbox, so far.
Everything That We Know About The Next Generation Xbox
Xbox boss Phil Spencer has already confirmed that the team is working on architecturing the next generation Xbox and here we are going to look at the other bits of information that he has revealed over time.
More Than One Console
From what we have heard so far, it seems that there will be more than one console. Xbox chief Phil Spencer said in a press conference:
“Our hardware team, the same team that delivered unprecedented performance with Xbox One X, is deep into architecting the next Xbox consoles, where we will once again deliver on our commitment to deliver the benchmark of console gaming,”
Consoles means that there will be more than one. We could see a new version of both the Xbox One S as well as the more powerful Xbox One X.
Microsoft has worked hard on providing backward compatibility and I don’t think that is going to be dropped when it comes to the next generation Xbox. According to Spencer:
“When people buy an Xbox, they buy into an ecosystem and they become an Xbox fan. Many of the Xbox fans we have today started on the original Xbox, were with us on 360 and they’re with us now on Xbox One. I trust their commitment to our devices and our services as we go through this journey with them. So, I’m going to be open with them.”
Microsoft will take care of players investment in the Xbox platform and it is pretty likely that what you have already bought will be carried forward. He further went on to mention the following:
“What I would say specifically, without announcing anything, is I’m very proud of our track record of compatibility and us respecting the purchase of games you’ve made with us and bringing that to the current generation. It is in our core on who we are.”
Backward compatibility is one of the features that Xbox offers that PS4 lacks. It is unlikely that this feature will be dropped lightly.
FPS And Graphics Tradeoff
While the Xbox One X offers 4K resolution, it does not provide 60 FPS at the higher resolution in most titles. The next generation Xbox might offer more power. Enough that you don’t have to choose between higher FPS or better graphics. According to Spencer:
“If you watch what we’re doing on the Xbox consoles right now with variable refresh rate, looking at higher frame rate capability, I think frame rate is an area where consoles can do more. Just in general. When you look at the balance between CPU and GPU in today’s consoles, they’re a little bit out of whack relative to what’s on the PC side, so I think there’s work that we can do there.”
Streaming In The Future
While Microsoft knows that it needs to sell hardware, the bigger picture is providing a gaming experience across devices and that is the direction in which Microsoft is headed in the future. This is the gamer first that we are seeing now. According to Spencer:
“Our focus is on bringing console quality games that you see on TV or PC to any device. I want to see the creators that I have relationships with reach all two billion people who play games, and not have to turn their studio into something that makes match-3 games rather than story-driven single-player games. Because that’s the only way to reach a bigger platform. That is our goal: to bring high-quality games to every device possible on the planet.”
The vision that Microsoft has is an ecosystem where you play games not only on your TV but other display like your phone as well. Spencer touched on this topic and had the following to say in this regard:
For a lot of us today, there’s a certain kind of game we expect on a phone and another kind of game we expect on our console. It’s not always true they’re separate. You can see PUBG and Fortnite now on the phones doing much better, but a lot of the games there are very casual. I know content developers want to reach as many people as they can with their content. So, I do think as we move forward, more people will be playing more kinds of content on other devices. But television will be one of those.”
According to stats, people are moving to the mobile platform for gaming and there is no wonder why the Nintendo Switch is doing so well. Microsoft also wants to grab a chunk of that market but we will have to wait and see how the company is going to do that.
Let us know what you think about the next generation Xbox and the kind of features that you would like to see in the upcoming console.