Xbox head Phil Spencer speaks out admits rumors of a PlayStation 4.5 to clarify that fans should not expect such a platform from the likes of Microsoft.
If you’re a gamer and you’ve been online lately, then you’ve likely heard mumblings or read reports that Sony is working on a more powerful version of its PlayStation 4 console, aptly being referred to as the PS4.5. While this amped up version of the industry-leading hardware is said to arrive prior to release of PlayStation VR later this year, it seems that Microsoft won’t be following suit with a higher powered rendition of its Xbox One platform.
Speaking with GameSpot, the head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, confirmed that he wasn’t “a big fan” of churning out slightly upgraded hardware. Instead, Spencer clarified that he’d rather make such upgrades more substantial, presumably in a bid to prevent consumers that have invested in the hardware from feeling alienated down the road – something that could realistically happen with future software moving forward.
“I’m not a big fan of Xbox One and a half. If we’re going to move forward, I want to move forward in big numbers.”
Spencer further clarified Xbox’s stance, stating that the current Xbox One console is doing well. Even then, he alluded to a much bigger move potentially being in the cards for the console manufacturer, if and when the time is right.
“For us, our box is doing well. It performs, it’s reliable, the servers are doing well. If we’re going to go forward with anything, like I said, I want it to be a really substantial change for people–an upgrade.”
These comments aren’t all the surprising, as Phil Spencer has previously confirmed that Microsoft will indeed make another Xbox console. Even then, one has to wonder what form that will take. With reports coming in that the house of Halo could be releasing an Xbox One slim in the near future, it’s obvious that such a redesign could be a concrete means of combatting Sony’s enhanced platform initiative.
As of this writing, Sony hasn’t even confirmed the existence of its heavily rumored PlayStation 4.5 console, so Spencer is right in refusing to change the company’s game plans based on industry banters. With all of that said, it’ll be interesting to see how the next few months play out if these PlayStation upgrade reports prove to be true.
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