According to Microsoft, console generations as we’ve come to know them are about to become a thing of the past, as the company plans to iterate on its Xbox platform going forward.
In an interview with Engadget at Gamescon 2016 [via IGN], Xbox games marketing head Aaron Greenberg said Microsoft believes “the future is without console generations,” pointing to the fact that iterative hardware such as the company’s recently-revealed Xbox Scorpio will allow the Xbox platform to continue to build upon its established community and ever-growing library of games.
Greenberg notes that the codenamed Scorpio is the company’s first major step in achieving this goal, admitting that it’s a “pretty big bet” for the Xbox division. When Scorpio eventually launches (it’s currently slated for a late 2017 release) it will not be the start of a new console generation, but rather a continuation of the current one, as “everything you have continues forward and it works.” Microsoft considers Scorpio to be a new entry in “a family of devices.”
Greenberg admits that Scorpio will be a litmus test of sorts and that Microsoft will see how their new approach plays out. Based on reception so far, Microsoft expects the Scorpio to “be a pretty big success” and could even “change the way we think about the future of console gaming.”
Microsoft’s main competitor in the console space, Sony, is expected to unveil iterative hardware of their own next month at a special PlayStation event in New York, so it will be interesting to see if their strategy predicts an end to console generations as well.