Great work and breakdown! Thanks for sharing :)
Thiago has escaped from a question about how is the policy in Blizzard :) Or it's just too short quote?
Please put head title as podcast!
Last week Xbox boss Phil Spencer talked about the way he sees console’s future. Xbox and Windows 10 are said to be developed together now under the internal “Universal Windows Platform” tag. It seems like Xbox One isn’t taking part in console wars anymore.
According to Spencer everything comes to point when there is no sense in model of generation shifts. This model locks the consoles to one hardware, which is bad for business according to Microsoft. It seems that Xbox One might be getting hardware upgrades like any PC does in the near future.
We see on other platforms whether it be mobile or PC that you get a continuous innovation that you rarely see on console. Consoles lock the hardware and the software platforms together at the beginning of the generation. Then you ride the generation out for seven or so years, while other ecosystems are getting better, faster, stronger. And then you wait for the next big step function.
When you look at the console space, I believe we will see more hardware innovation in the console space than we’ve ever seen. You’ll actually see us come out with new hardware capability during a generation allowing the same games to run backward and forward compatible because we have a Universal Windows Application running on top of the Universal Windows Platform that allows us to focus more and more on hardware innovation without invalidating the games that run on that platform.
Sounds intriguing, but the response from console fans might not be that enthusiastic. Consoles were always meant to be ecosystems used for gaming without any need for upgrades for at least several years, which PC gamers face. Still too little is known about the new model.
Meanwhile PC users have already got their benefits from the new Microsoft policy. First of all, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition was released. Though, release is not that good yet as release version seems to be causing lots of trouble according to game forums, especially for AMD Radeon users. Take a look at the kind of troubles we are talking about below:
So, PC users might even get Halo someday, but to play it they will have to buy the most powerful hardware available.
Then, PC users will get a free Forza 6 version called Forza Motorsport 6: Apex. It is a free version, which will most probably feature in-game purchases for gamers to get more content.
Are you excited about the Xbox boss’ plans? Let us know in the comments below.