A few weeks back, Phil Spencer threw out the idea of an Xbox One mid-generation hardware upgrade and the reaction was pretty mixed. Since then, Microsoft has been going back on that idea, with Phil Spencer now saying that there won’t be an Xbox 1.5, instead the company wants to offer ‘substantial’ upgrades, rather than smaller, incremental ones.
At Microsoft’s Build Conference last week, Phil Spencer was pressed on rumours surrounding Sony’s PS4K/PS4.5, which will be a mid-generation hardware upgrade for the PlayStation according to current rumours. However, we won’t be seeing this happen with Xbox apparently: “I don’t know anything about any of the PS4K rumours that are out there,but I can understand other teams’ motivations to do that. For us, our box is doing well. It performs, it’s reliable, the servers are doing well. If we’re going to go forward with anything, like I said, I want it to be a really substantial change for people – an upgrade.”
So it looks like Microsoft is committed to the hardware it chose for this generation for now, while Sony might end up offering a more powerful console to help push Virtual Reality applications.
KitGuru Says: I don’t mind the idea of a mid-generation hardware upgrade for the consoles but as a PC gamer I am used to the idea of a quicker upgrade cycle compared to consoles. For now, it sounds like Microsoft won’t be upgrading its hardware until next generation but if Sony does release a more powerful console next year, the performance gap between the PS4 and Xbox One will widen further, which could be an issue.