Responding to a question on Twitter, Phil Spencer has again reiterated not to approve particularly the idea of expandable and upgradeable consoles like any PC. For the person in charge of the Xbox division, it is two very different types of devices to each other and it is right that both maintain their strengths.
It is not the first time that Spencer has expressed on the issue, in March 2016 in fact, Phil replied with these words to the same question: “Am I going to break open my console and start upgrading individual pieces of my console? That’s not our plan. There is something special about what happens with a console. You buy an appliance-like device; you plug it into your TV; it works when you plug it in. It’s not like I’m going to ship a screwdriver set with every console that comes out.”
Recall that according to some rumors, this week we will receive the first news about Project Scorpio, then we will soon find out the plans of Microsoft for the future.
The Xbox Project Scorpio will be the first console to offer real content in 4K, with a native Ultra HD 4K. Obviously, HDR technology is also part of it, and Microsoft has already confirmed that this new Xbox will be fully compatible with the already existing Xbox One games.
The latter should take advantage of an upscaling feature, and publishers will certainly be able to offer specific patches to boost their games with the power of the Xbox Project Scorpio.
It remains to be seen now when this new console will be available on the market, and especially at what price, Phil Spencer has never concealed the fact that this “premium console” will have a “premium price”, like the Xbox One Elite controller, priced at $150.
@HOLYFRIEDMONKEY The idea that users will open up a console and change compute components inside seems like a stretch to me.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) April 2, 2017