Phil Spencer Elaborates On Upgradeable Consoles
Many announcements were made by Phil Spencer at the Xbox One Spring Showcase at the end of last month, some of which caused waves in the Xbox fan base. The most startling announcement was the news that Microsoft may have plans to change how the console market operates. “You’ll actually see us come out with new hardware capability during a generation… that allows us to focus more and more on hardware innovation without invalidating the games that run on that platform.”, Spencer said.
This, along with other such statements, signaled to some Xbox users that Microsoft is planning to change their console brand to mimic the PC market by allowing incremental upgrades in the same way that a PC user would change out parts on their computer to accommodate more resource intensive games.
Spencer sought to clarify in a podcast with Major Nelson that this isn’t the direction they are going, “It’s not like I’m going to ship a screwdriver set with every console that comes out.” Spencer clarified further that his ideal plan for the Xbox brand would be to allow the console to be able to adapt to the needs of more powerful hardware, perhaps with optional upgrades, without needing to wait for a new console generation to appear.
The Xbox boss (Xboss?) reiterated his support for the Xbox One “I’m happy with the console we have and the platform we built on top of that console”. So rest assured in the knowledge that you won’t be stripping down your Xbox One to upgrade the GPU or add RAM. Maybe the Xbox 2.0 though.