With first-party Xbox titles going cross-gen, Phil Spencer wants to assure gamers that the decision will not weaken the potential of Xbox Series X.
In the recent years leading up to the next generation of consoles head of Xbox Phil Spencer has been pushing the Xbox narrative away from exclusive titles and more towards gaming for all under the company’s umbrella. It is assumed that for the foreseeable future, first-party Xbox Series X titles will also release on Xbox One which has worried fans that their major games like Halo: Infinite will be hindered on the Series X because it will be a cross-gen title. In an interview with GamesIndustry.Biz, Spencer gives a new perspective to understand the direction that Xbox is going for.
“I just look at Windows. It’s almost certain if the developer is building a Windows version of their game, then the most powerful and highest fidelity version is the PC version. You can even see that with some of our first-party console games going to PC, even from our competitors, that the richest version is the PC version. Yet the PC ecosystem is the most diverse when it comes to hardware, when you think about the CPUs and GPUs from years ago that are there.” Spencer continues, “Yes, every developer is going to find a line and say that this is the hardware that I am going to support, but the diversity of hardware choice in PC has not held back the highest-fidelity PC games on the market.”
Xbox is moving forward with the idea that the Xbox One is the low specs “PC” while Xbox Series X is the cream of the crop. It makes sense, and it also backs their vision of pushing Game Pass subscriptions more than consoles which is the opposite strategy that Sony is taking with the PlayStation 5. Jim Ryan has stated recently that there won’t be any cross-generation first-party titles because they believe to “give the PlayStation community something new, something different, that can really only be enjoyed on PS5.” What does that actually mean? We will have to wait and see.
In the same interview, Spencer rather bluntly simplifies Xbox’s direction for the future. “As a player, you are the centre of our strategy. Our device is not the centre of our strategy, our game is not the centre of the strategy. We want to enable you to play the games you want to play, with the friends you want to play with, on any device,” he explained. When it comes to first-party games, consumers will be able to play through Xbox Series X, Xbox One, xCloud, and PC. Giving the variety to the player as to how they want to play and Xbox game.
We will finally get to see what Microsoft has planned for the future of Xbox later this month on July 23rd.