XO19 is now underway and Microsoft wasn’t the least minimal with their announcements. The company wants to step up the game with Xbox Scarlett and XCloud, creating a huge hub for all gamers. Phil Spencer believes that the next generation of consoles with Xbox Scarlett won’t be the last and we’re hopeful it really isn’t.
During a talk with The Verge, Phil Spencer, Microsoft’s vice president of gaming talked about the future of Xbox and how the next consoles will shape its community.
According to him, Xbox Scarlett is on its way to becoming a market success, powerful in performance yet cheaper than we originally expected. In addition, Microsoft now is ready to compete against Sony and Nintendo in the console war, since they realized the impact the current generation had to its image. He said:
“We had the discussion years ago ‘do we want to go do another generation?’ Yes, and do we think there will be multiple generations ahead of us? I actually think there probably is. So we’re going all in. We’re all-in on Project Scarlett and I want to compete, and I want to compete in the right ways which is
why we’re focused on cross-play and backward compatibility.”
There goes the statement that the next generation of consoles will be the last one. If Microsoft is optimistic that the future of console gaming is still not reaching its climax, then we’re up for some surprises. The company is already working on cloud gaming as well as the continuation of its subscription services. This will create a big umbrella of options that will bring more players into Xbox and open up the market even more.
Microsoft wants to create a definite link between Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and XCloud, which supports game streaming on any device. This way the establishments of their services will become available to the community before they release their next console.
Since we can’t possibly know where gaming standards will be 5 to 10 years from now, we can’t cross out the possibility of a new generation of consoles hitting the stores after the upcoming one.
For what it’s worth, Microsoft and Xbox are off to a great start with Scarlett. Although we didn’t get to see Fable 4 or Halo Infinite during last night’s XO19 event, we got to see inXile and Obsidian Entertainment celebrating their addition to Microsoft studios along with a vast variety of titles to release in 2020.