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Xbox Boss Finds the Concept of Modular Upgrading Consoles “A Stretch”


When Microsoft first announced Project Scorpio as an upgraded variant of Xbox One, many began wondering about the possibility of modular consoles.

The idea takes from PC and suggests that a time may come when console owners would be able to simply open up their hardware to replace aging components for performance enhancements.

In return, a modular console would improve the longevity of the generation and companies like Microsoft would no longer need to bring out a new console every few years. Furthermore, users being able to upgrade their consoles would mean that developers would ultimately be led to release more visually intensive games.

At least that is the concept behind modular consoles. However, as far as Phil Spencer is concerned, it isn’t happening any time soon.

“The idea that users will open up a console and change compute components inside seems like a stretch to me,” he said while responding to a question on Twitter.

This isn’t the first time that the Xbox boss has shared his opinion on the matter. In March last year, he was asked a similar question shortly before the announcement of Project Scorpio. Spencer noted that there is “something special” about buying a console and knowing that all you have to do is plug-n-play without any extra effort. Forcing users to delve into upgrading components means tearing down that wall, which is only going to make matters complicated rather than simple.

“Am I going to break open my console and start upgrading individual pieces of my console? That’s not our plan,” he said back then. “There is something special about what happens with a console. You buy an appliance-like device; you plug it into your TV; it works when you plug it in. It’s not like I’m going to ship a screwdriver set with every console that comes out.”

Project Scorpio is scheduled to launch this holiday. There are already rumors that Microsoft may be planning to unveil its new console as soon as next week. Either that, or a grand showcasing during its press conference at E3 2017 in the summers.



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