Xbox boss Phil Spencer introduced plans for a new Xbox console on the Xbox E3 2018 stage. He did not share any specifics, so some questioned why he made the announcement in any respect. Speaking to GameSpot sister website Giant Bomb, Spencer mentioned he did so to guarantee people who consoles stay essential to Microsoft as an organization.
“Anybody who would possibly fear about our console future, I simply wished to place that comfortable,” Spencer mentioned. “I wished individuals to know that I like the monitor report of our hardware staff … we’ve got some concepts sooner or later [about streaming] but it surely’s not tomorrow. I did not need individuals to assume we have been going to stroll away from that a part of the model within the enterprise as a result of it is actually essential to us.”
Also within the interview, Spencer talked about what new options he wish to see within the subsequent Xbox. Among different issues, he mentioned he hopes the subsequent Xbox can supply greater body charges, whereas he additionally hopes the staff can ship a field that launches video games sooner. Additionally, Spencer famous that the stability between CPU and GPU on console at the moment is “out of whack” in comparison with PC, in order that’s one thing he would additionally like to deal with with the subsequent console.
Just a few years in the past, there have been rumours and stories about Microsoft apparently desirous to sell off the Xbox brand, with the considering that the Xbox staff’s ambitions didn’t intently sufficient line up with that of Microsoft total. And when new CEO Satya Nadella got here in, Spencer mentioned there have been questions alongside the strains of “Why is Microsoft within the online game area?” These questions didn’t come up as a way of condemning Microsoft’s efforts in gaming, however quite as an “sincere” dialogue about Microsoft’s route going ahead and whether or not or not Xbox could be part of it.
Xbox is certainly essential to Microsoft, and Microsoft’s determination to provide the Xbox staff the time and assets to make a brand new console and put money into so many new studios speaks to that.
There are rumours circulating on-line at E3 this week that Microsoft’s new console is codenamed Scarlet and should launch in 2020, although Microsoft has not commented. Keep checking again with GameSpot for extra.