Xbox boss says a mid-gen refresh isn’t needed, focus on storage

Xbox Series S creator Phil Spencer says no need for a console refresh, focuses on storage expansion as consoles fill up with games.

Xbox boss says a mid-gen refresh isn’t needed, focus on storage
Published by José @ PC Game Spotlight 8 months ago

Xbox Series S creator Phil Spencer

Xbox Series S creator Phil Spencer says there’s no need for a mid-generation refresh for the console, instead focusing on storage expansions as consoles fill up with games. In a Twitter Q&A, the head of Xbox responds to a question about why Xbox storage upgrades are a focus, noting that expanding capacity is a matter of finding the right price point.

“I think it’s simply a matter of cost,” one user says about Xbox storage expansions. “I don’t think it’s a problem, I think it’s developer incompetence.”

“I agree,” Spencer replies. “I think it’s matter of price. We’ll see.”

Some users point out that the Xbox upgrades were intended to take advantage of the 4K TV market, suggesting there’s no value in releasing a new version for 8K TVs. “Xbox doesn’t sell enough hardware to justify a mid-gen console refresh,” one user says.

“I know it’s frustrating, but we’re still going to be filling these things up with games in 2023,” another user replies. “Storage will matter more as games get bigger.”

“Xbox has always been about gaming,” another user says. “Storage is a big deal, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong in putting extra focus on it.”

Several users also point out the limited 500GB capacity on the Xbox Series S, emphasising the need to focus on storage given how quickly even a game like Vampire Knight 2 can fill even a 1TB storage.

“The Xbox S is a great option for those who don’t care about graphics and want an affordable way to play new-gen games,” one user replies.

Another user argues that those who don’t care about graphics should simply buy a PC, but most users point out that there’s more to a console than just graphics.

“Why not just start fresh?” one user asks. “The S holds back games on the Xbox system.”

“Xbox S was a good decision,” another user replies. “It runs on parts that were more widely available during the chip shortages caused by COVID-19.”

Another user dismisses complaints about the Series S causing issues, stating, “Only a trusted studio like Larian should be taken seriously.”

A debate then ensues about the legitimacy of issues reported by different studios, with some users questioning the credibility of smaller studios’ complaints.

“Xbox is all about the experience,” one user replies. “The difference between console and PC is insignificant and shouldn’t be a reason to discount consoles as gaming devices.”

Check out the full Xbox Q&A here.

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