Is This the End of Consoles?

In a recent interview with Engadget, Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg spoke about the upcoming Project Scorpio and stated that he believes the end of consoles is near. He also believes that based on the high interest in the Scorpio, the way we approach console gaming in the future will change.

When asked if he thought Scorpio marks the end of consoles, he replied:

“I think it is. For us, we think the future is without console generations; we 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.”

In the last couple of console generations, backwards compatibility has been spotty. That’s something that Greenburg thinks will no longer happen going forward.

“So we’re saying, if you bought games and accessories for your Xbox One, or you buy an Xbox One S, those games and those accessories are going to work on Project Scorpio. When you think about backwards compatibility and our games lineup, we want gamers to know that when they’re ready to upgrade to Scorpio, that content will go with them. That’s our promise and commitment around compatibility.”

Project Scorpio is slated for a Holiday 2017 release, and will have no exclusive games, aside from some VR titles. Sony’s elusive Playstation Neo has yet to be formally announced, though it’s expected to be shown off during an event in New York later this year.

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