Microsoft Gaming CEO, Phil Spencer, stated reasons why Xbox does not need a mid-gen refresh right now. The Xbox executive sat down with Eurogamer at gamescom, and touched upon the topic of why a mid-generation upgrade for the Xbox Series X|S is not needed as they did in the previous generation (with Xbox One S and Xbox One X).
I think what we get ourselves into is this world of like, ‘Should we do a mid-gen refresh? Because we think every game should be 4K 60fps. And we’re not seeing that right now so, clearly, we need to mid-gen refresh.’
As soon as you start doing mid-gen refreshes, you’ve got a bunch of issues in front of developers, on what platform they target. And it starts to feel a lot more like PC – which is clearly a good ecosystem that’s healthy, but then I’m like, ‘Okay, well, what’s the difference then between console and PC, if we’re in this mode of every two years, a new GPU comes out, or CPU?’
And there’s a bunch of things. I mean, we are the Windows company. We know what it means to run a platform that’s more continuous and, I will say, open. I actually love that for console gaming.
With Xbox’s main competitor, PlayStation reportedly having two separate models planned for the PS5 mid-gen upgrade including the PS5 Slim and PS5 Pro, do you think Xbox skipping out on the mid-gen refresh is the right thing to do? Let us know in the comments below.
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