Many gamers have been trying to predict the future of consoles ever since PS4 Pro was leaked as The Neo and Microsoft formally revealed the Scorpio. Many, (including myself) thought the game console would start to resemble mobile phone market. This is where every two years or so Microsoft and Sony would release a slightly more powerful game system, much like the iPhone 6s vs the iPhone 6. On this train of thought gamers would be able to make a choice if the new system was with it or just wait another two years for an even more powerful system. This was what the majority of gamers where anticipating.
However Phil Spencer has some different plans. While talking to Game Informer he said,
“I don’t have the desire to every two years have a new console on the shelf. That’s not part of the console business model, and doesn’t actually help us.” – Phil Spencer
He goes on to explain that that is not how console manufacturers make a profit. With the R&D needed for each system and the cost to produce the system it will cost them more in the long run. This is a fair point. Microsoft has a history of making game systems at a loss, even if they sell well. The original Xbox, the 360, and the One all cost more to make then what Microsoft sold them for. This in turn had Microsoft losing money on each unit sold, and most of there money was made up for with Xbox LIVE and game sales. Spencer continues on saying,
“The best customer I have is somebody who buys the original Xbox and just buys all the games.”
One thing is for sure, unless gamers change their demand for what they want from game manufactures it is not going to change anytime soon.