Phil Spencer, head of gaming and entertainment at Microsoft, says the company will soon begin sharing their plans for the Xbox One, Windows 10, and more.
Just a few months after celebrating the console’s tenth anniversary, Phil Spencer has announced the Xbox 360 will halt production, officially ending its cycle. After spending some time speaking on the console’s achievements and informing current users on how platform support will continue going forward, he ended with a promise to share more on the company’s gaming future:
“Over the next few weeks and months, we’ll be sharing more of our plans for gaming on Xbox One, Windows 10, and beyond.”
With E3 right around the corner, it is no coincidence Microsoft is preparing to release new details to the public. The Xbox One had a rocky start at E3 in 2013 with its strict DRM policies and focus as a media hub as opposed to a gaming device, most of which was changed immediately due to backlash. At last year’s E3 Microsoft announced backwards compatibility for Xbox One, a coveted feature rarely seen in consoles today.
As for what’s to come, nothing is concrete, but most rumors point to hardware upgrades, such as a faster CPU, expanded RAM, or a slimmer model, which is common later in a console’s lifecycle. There’s also peripheral devices to take into account such as the HoloLens, an augmented reality device that could change the way we integrate games into our everyday lives.
Microsoft will have some stiff competition, though, as both Sony and Nintendo have also begun discussing their futures. PlayStation has already teased an upgraded version of their console, codenamed ‘NEO’, or PS4.5 as it is commonly known. In humorous contrast to this, Spencer has been quoted as saying he’s “not a big fan of Xbox One and a half”, and finished by stating they will move forward in big numbers instead.
Nintendo has taken everything a step further by announcing a new console entirely, which is a surprising move considering their current console, the Wii U, has only been out for a mere four years. But with low sales, they are wanting to make big steps forward and are even claiming to change the lives of gamers with this new system.
Everyone appears to be bringing the big guns to this year’s E3, so Microsoft will likely share a few big announcements of their own in the weeks ahead. Until then, Phil Spencer already seems confident in this years E3.