The head of Microsoft’s video game division, Phil Spencer, “doesn’t feel an imperative” to release a major update to the Xbox gaming console. He said this after the annual Xbox Games Showcase in Los Angeles, writes Bloomberg.
“That’s not the feedback we’re getting right now,” Spencer said. “Right now, we’re pretty set on the hardware we have.”
According to Phil Spencer, Xbox is the third largest console after Nintendo’s Switch and Sony’s PlayStation. Microsoft is increasingly diversifying its strategy of “delivery” of games, making them available through the game application for PC and subscription service Game Pass.
At the same time, a representative of Microsoft said that his goal is to let the wishes of the players help him determine the ways of product development. For example, Xbox did not see the need to release projects tied to non-fungible tokens or blockchain games. The gaming community was skeptical of these trends.
“We didn’t go off and start building a bunch of NFT games or blockchain games,” Spencer said. “I just want to make sure that the games are led by the experience that the player feels and nothing else.”
As you know, game console manufacturers traditionally release major updates about three years after they hit the market. The Xbox Series S and X were released in 2020 as part of the ninth generation of game consoles. They compete with Sony’s PlayStation 5.
We will remind that Microsoft announced a new console Carbon Black Xbox Series S with 1 TB of memory. It will be available worldwide starting September 1 and will cost $349.99. The console has the same hardware power as the original Series S. But on the outside, it is finished in matte black, like its older “sister” Series X.