Phil Spencer suggests that hardware improvements could come with future iterations.
The Xbox Series X is an impressive console in terms of its specs and the hardware. It is, clearly, the more powerful of the next-gen consoles releasing this Holiday- though it is outdone by the PS5 in one area. Sony’s console has an SSD that is far faster than the Xbox Series X’s (or any other SSD on the market, for that matter)- so does Microsoft have any plans on making improvements to their own console to bring its SSD closer to the PS5?
The question was recently posed to Xbox boss Phil Spencer in a recent interview with Kotaku. Spencer, surprisingly enough, said that Microsoft will look to improve upon hardware with future console iterations, suggesting that work on them is already underway.
“I think, like you’ve seen in past generations, that we will iterate on hardware,” Spencer said. “We’ve already started, right? Our team doesn’t go away, when we kind of lock the spec. Some of it is cost. That’s always the important thing. How do you drive down the cost of the console in the parts that are there, but also just looking at areas in terms of what are the next iterations that you might do?”
It wouldn’t be too surprising to see Microsoft (or even Sony) releasing mid-generation refreshes with more powerful hardware, especially seeing as they already did so this generation with the Xbox One X (and Sony with the PS4 Pro).
Less than a month ago, Spencer also said that Microsoft is planning for future hardware releases as well, so there’s that.
For now, we have the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S to look forward to, both of which launch globally on November 10.