Microsoft's Xbox Head, Phil Spencer, took to the Xbox Spring Showcase event with a couple of things in mind, like explaining why the budding relationship between the Xbox One and PC is a good thing and how Microsoft plans on growing the Xbox One.
Spencer believes that consoles like the Xbox One can and should be upgradable like PCs. During the event, Spencer detailed his belief that the generational limitations of hardware will soon become a thing of the past.
"Consoles lock the hardware and the software platforms together at the beginning of the generation. Then you ride the generation out for seven or so years, while other ecosystems are getting better, faster, stronger. And then you wait for the next big step function.
When you look at the console space, I believe we will see more hardware innovation in the console space than we've ever seen. You'll actually see us come out with new hardware capability during a generation allowing the same games to run backward and forward compatible because we have a Universal Windows Application running on top of the Universal Windows Platform that allows us to focus more and more on hardware innovation without invalidating the games that run on that platform."
After the event, Spencer joined Engadget for an interview where he offered more details on the potential of offering upgrades for the Xbox One.
"I think the easiest way to do it is to look at what goes on in the PC ecosystem. You look at improvements in graphics capabilities, you look at improvements in display, you look at things like 4K and HDR and these technologies that have come. For the most part consoles sit outside of that…
You've seen over the generations size, we have been able to make the same console smaller. We have been able to make it less expensive.
When you think about the games that I'm able to play, not losing all my old games and allowing games to get better – I think that's really important for us as a platform company to focus on."
Microsoft has been bringing more and more games to PC users recently and it looks like they have learned a thing or two about their new platform. It keeps its users (for the most part).