Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox, told GameSpot in an interview what the two aspects are that the next-gen Xbox, Xbox Project Scarlett, the currently just codenamed Xbox will focus on.
„I think the area that we want to focus on the next generation is frame rate and playability of the games. This generation, we’ve focused on 4K visuals and how we bring both movies through 4K Blu-ray and video streaming, and with Xbox One X allowing games to run at 4K visuals will make really strong visual enhancements next generation.
So really, the things that you’ve bought from us, whether the games or the controllers that you’re using, we want to make sure those are future compatible with the highest fidelity version of our console, which at that time will be the one we’ve just launched,” Spencer said. The second paragraph has an important portion: highest fidelity version of our console – so does that mean they will do a mid-gen upgrade which is what the Xbox One X was?
Spencer knows about everything around Xbox: „There’s no part or thing that happens at Xbox that Phil doesn’t want to know about or be a part of. He is always thinking about where we need to be and how to get there. He is like a chess player in that way, always planning five steps. If you just trust in that, he will get you there,” Matt Booty, the head of Xbox Game Studios said. „It doesn’t mean that I’m perfect at this job. You can get smarter people to do this job. I mean, I don’t even have an MBA [Master of Business Administration]. There’s a ton of things that I’m incapable of doing. If you put me as head of Microsoft Office or something, it would seem disingenuous. That’s not what I am,” Spencer added.
So the next-gen Xbox has been confirmed to focus on playability and the frame rate. Will Sony concentrate on performance then?