- Microsoft is already working on next-gen Xboxes, but new consoles will not debut soon;
- In the meantime, the company is developing a cloud-based gaming service that it is presenting as an alternative to expensive devices.
You might think that with only seven months since the release of Xbox Series X/S, Microsoft would think twice about working on its successors, especially now that it's making far-reaching plans to develop a cloud-based gaming service. But as it turns out - nothing could be further from the truth, as Elizabeth Hamren, Microsoft's corporate president, announced during a special presentation for selected editors from the video game industry. From her words, it seems that New Xbox consoles are coming, but they will not be coming too soon. To quote her:
"We're already hard at work on new hardware and platforms, some of which won't come to light for years. (...) Although we are expanding into PC and mobile device market, consoles remain our flagship experience. We want to deliver the most powerful, most capable consoles in the world; devices that will enable our players to enjoy amazing productions for years to come, including gameplay we can't even imagine yet."
She was seconded by Phil Spencer, the face of the Xbox brand. However, he pointed out that there's no shortage of gamers out there who simply can't afford an expensive console or a powerful computer. In his opinion, they should consider checking out the cloud gaming technology, which "eliminates these barriers". Still, according to him, streaming is not something that will completely replace consoles and PCs, but an alternative solution.
"In recent times, if you couldn't afford to spend hundreds of dollars on a console or thousands of dollars on a high-end gaming PC, you simply largely couldn't be part of the global gaming community. The cloud will enable us to completely remove those barriers for gaming around the world. Of course, there is still a place for consoles as well as PCs. And frankly, there will always be. But with the cloud, we'll be able to deliver solid entertainment to anyone connected to the Internet, even on the weakest, cheapest devices."
Although it's been more than six months since the launch of Xbox Series X/S, the consoles still haven't received a true system seller. On June 13, a joint conference Microsoft and Bethesda will take place, during which both companies should unveil carefully hidden cards and present exclusive titles aimed at these platforms.
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