Producer Phil Davidson discusses Microsoft updating its console to keep it “competitive” with PC.
Remember when the Xbox One and PS4 were first announced? They were a pretty sizable leap in terms of technology over the Xbox 360 and PS3 respectively. However, when compared to the top CPUs at the time, the eighth generation of consoles felt like they were outdated on arrival. All talk of optimization and whatnot aside, how many consoles have been labelled “outdated” at launch and gone on to have huge life cycles?
With the PS4 Pro and upcoming Xbox One X providing mid-generation upgrades, it seems a given that Sony and Microsoft are abandoning the notion of 10 year life-cycles. But if the Xbox One X is truly the most powerful console ever, could it be around for slightly longer than its predecessor?
GamingBolt posed this question to Robocraft Infinity producer Phil Davidson who responded that, “I think that console life cycles have been getting progressively shorter, if you look at the gaps between generations. The release of the Xbox One X shows a commitment from Microsoft to keep updating more frequently to keep console gaming experiences competitive with their PC counterparts. That’s one of the many reasons we’re excited to be releasing Infinity on Xbox One.”
At this point, it seems like these upgrades are an effort to build off of a particular generation’s flagship rather than usher in a new era of gaming. When will a new flagship emerge in that case? Time will tell but it’s interesting to see how this generation has diverged so far away from its predecessors in terms of trends.
On a related note, Robocraft Infinity has been confirmed to receive Xbox One X support.
The Xbox One X, by the way, is out on November 7th for $499.