Phil Spencer Comitted To Console Gaming, Already Planning What Comes After Project Scorpio

The next Xbox console is already being planned.

Posted By | On 12th, Apr. 2017 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605

There have been questions surrounding the future of Microsoft in the console space – even though the company is committed to launching the Xbox Scorpio later this year, their push towards Xbox as a service over the last few years has been enough to give everyone a bit of a pause and contemplate if the future of Xbox may not be as a device agnostic service, rather than as hardware.

However, speaking to Gamasutra in an interview, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has admitted that planning for what comes after Scorpio for Xbox in the console space – in other words, the next Xbox console – is already underway at Microsoft. “I’m a strong believer in console, and what that appliance means in my family room, under my TV,” Spencer said. “Like I think…I log in with a controller, it kind of has power options and auto-update options that just feel a lot more like my cable box than it does my laptop.

“I’m not saying one is better than the other, but that space of a console, you just turn it on and it’s always ready and it’s really purpose-built to go do one thing first, which is play games. Yes, people can do other things on it, but it’s purpose-built for that. I’m a believer in that.

“And I’ve said, and this is actually true, the planning for what happens after Scorpio in the console space is already underway. You have to think about it that way. Like, what is the next thing? We — I — remain committed to the console space. We think it’s critically important.”

Spencer explained the recent push towards services that Microsoft has been making, pointing out that Microsoft views it as a supplement for Xbox consoles, not a replacement altogether.

“So put the gamer in the middle, build a service capability around them, and whatever device they sit down with, we’ve got the capability, let’s bring them the experience we can bring them there. If the games can run natively on a PC, and they’re on a PC, let’s go let ’em play those games.

“Obviously on console, same thing. If they’re on a mobile device, what can we do? In the case of like Minecraft and Solitaire and some other things, we can give ’em a game. In other cases we’re going to bring ’em things like Beam, and their activity feed on Xbox Live, and the ability to chat with their friends on a service and device, wherever they are.

“So I definitely think about Xbox Live as something that’s more pervasive than just sitting on the console. The console itself, I think, is a foothold for us, a strength for us, and something we definitely have longterm belief in.”

This is perhaps the first clear indication that we have received of a proper Xbox One successor existing beyond the Scorpio- the question, of course, is just how much of a leap this mysterious new Xbox will be. Is it going to be another iterative update like the Scorpio, or will Microsoft jump ahead to a proper successor entirely?

For now, this is spitballing and speculation- but we can’t wait to see what the future of Microsoft in the console gaming space may be.

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  • Mark

    So that settles it. Please stop saying Scorpio is Microsoft’s next gen system, it isn’t. Look Buzz, disinfo…disinfo everywhere ahaha

    • Holeybartender

      Does it? So he says so and you believe it. How’s that “Xbox One will be more powerful with the future of Cloud gaming” bull from Microsoft going for you?

    • Mark

      Sony says there’s likely a PS5 coming… u believe it?

    • Holeybartender

      When I see it.

    • Mark

      Exactly. What YOU think doesn’t make me sh*t

    • Mark

      I was actually being sarcastic man

    • Holeybartender

      And so was I.You know the saying ,”I’ll believe it when I see it.”

    • ChinnyChinChinChecker

      You idiots talk crap about cloud compute and will be having a deep cry once Crackdown comes out. Just because you’re too dense to understand the tech does not mean it does not exist.

    • Holeybartender

      Oh we understand it,we understand that it has limited uses in video games.The only practical uses for it is in online multiplayer only. We were promised our Xbox One games would be more powerful by using the Cloud to offset the workload and the only way to properly use it would be to have an always online game,multiplayer AND single player. That was back when Microsoft was pushing their “always online” policy.We all know how much we don’t want that,don’t we.

      Besides all that we’ve heard jack spit about it for 3 years now other than Microsoft’s initial tech demo presentation back then and vague promises of Crackdown 3 release. THAT is why we talk crap about it.

      No,it’s YOU who are dense,dense enough to not smell the bs.

  • Michael

    As long as phil is in charge sony can forget about having the most powerful console again.

    • Dougdec92

      Actually from the og Xbox MS mostly has had the more powerful console but history will always remember how popular a console was.

    • Mr Xrat

      As long as Phil in is charge you’ll be playing third fiddle forever.

  • Dougdec92

    Not this man again,

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  • Dougdec92

    Just show us some damn games.and stop getting ahead of yourself, Sony does that better, don’t mess up the Scorpio and goodwill will surely follow

  • crazy_black_man-

    Its not rocket science. What comes after the Scorpio console….is the refurbished Scorpio console. Pretty soon after launch to be exact.

  • Mr Xrat

    Windows 10 Store comes after.

    • Dougdec92

      Then how xboxlive numbers are the new indices for calculating success


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