Microsoft and Sony have really shifted away from the generational gap and have instead opted for incremental upgrades to their consoles. After Sony and Microsoft confirmed to have 3 actual console upgrades in the same generation, it’s really skeptical how well the next-generation consoles after the PlayStation 4 Pro and Project Scorpio come up.
Taking a look at how Microsoft and Sony handled last-generation consoles usually went with the first release of console and a newer refined up following up the fat/old model. However, considering both companies aren’t sticking to the console traditions, does this mean that this is the end for console generations?
Taking an example for thought, if Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro costs $399, packs high-fidelity visuals with over 4TFLOPs of compute power, how would PlayStation rank in the PlayStation 5 if it ever comes into existence? Would the PlayStation 5 be less powerful than the current PlayStation 4 Pro and followed up with a slim and another PS5 Pro? It’s madness thinking about how many revisions/upgrades both manufacturers are making here.
Engadget had their interview with Aaron. The editor at Engadget said that The future of Xbox looks a lot like PC gaming, therefore he asked Aaron how this came to be to which Aaron was questioned and he replied:
Q: The Xbox platform has moved forward to have such regular updates and new features coming all the time. It kind of seems like hardware is going the same way. There was a very short gap between the Xbox One and the Xbox One S, and we’re probably talking an even shorter gap before Project Scorpio. Do you see a future of console upgrades continually happening? Is this the last console generation?
Greenberg: I think it is. … For us, we think the future is without console generations; we think that the ability to build a library, a community, to be able to iterate with the hardware — we’re making a pretty big bet on that with Project Scorpio. We’re basically saying, “This isn’t a new generation; everything you have continues forward and it works.” We think of this as a family of devices.
But we’ll see. We’re going to learn from this, we’re going to see how that goes. So far I’d say, based on the reaction, there appears to be a lot of demand and interest around Project Scorpio, and we think it’s going to be a pretty big success. If the games and the content deliver, which I think they will do, I think it will change the way we think about the future of console gaming. – Engadget
The question was brought to Twitter then a fan tweeted out if Project Scorpio is the last console they’ll ever build, to which Phil replied, “No”
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) February 12, 2017
According to the fan, he first found the article on Engadget which spiked the interest of the user, although I can’t see Microsoft putting up their consoles up to a halt.
But what would be interesting to see how the next-generation of consoles would be tiered and price at.