Phil Spencer's Latest Updates on Xbox

Just a few days ago, Phil Spencer, the Head of Xbox was interviewed by Gizmodo Brazil. A few points of interest that were given updates included...
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    Just a few days ago, Phil Spencer, the Head of Xbox was interviewed by Gizmodo Brazil. During this interview he touched base on several subjects regarding the future of Xbox. A few points of interest that were given updates included the decrease in the usage of Kinect, the possibility of a future console or slim Xbox One, and even the idea of creating an Xbox 360 emulator for PC.

    After a couple intro questions about Spencer’s background in the gaming industry, they started discussing the current status of the Kinect. Being an extremely popular addition to Xbox One on launch for offering the leisure of voice commands, the Kinect hasn’t been very popular as of late. Now it seems many gamers would rather purchase a console that has a larger hard drive instead of one bundled with a Kinect, making the accessory somewhat lose its allure of ease. When asked if he intended to create any games specifically designed for Kinect, Spencer said that the Xbox One is supported for any developer to make a game utilizing Kinect, but only some decide to actually integrate its features. Spencer lets the devs choose if they want to make Kinect games or not. Therefore, it has in some way put this accessory on hold, as there are currently no future titles in the works.

    Something that has been asked by the gaming community for quite some time is if there would be a newer, slim model of the Xbox One. Possibly even with a price reduction. When this topic was brought up, Spencer only had to say that it isn’t something they’re working on at the moment. The main reason being that upgrading and improving the Xbox One is the current main priority. Spencer and Microsoft expect the console to last for quite a while, presumably in the same manner that we saw with the last generation of Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. When elaborating on the One’s future improvements, Spencer mentioned focusing on increased internal storage, limited edition consoles, and component upgrades such as the additions that were seen with the Xbox One Elite. No such luck for a slim model just yet.

    Lastly, the idea was brought up about someday playing Xbox 360 games on PC, and possibly even creating an emulator to do so. Spencer has said this idea is not currently undergoing production, as their team is more fixated on wrapping up backwards compatibility for Xbox One. But, the emulator has not been completely ruled out for some time in the future. For those of you that don’t know, this idea has already been attempted last year. Ben Vanik has created the software known as Project Xenia, an experimental emulator which is still collecting research data to further its production. Last year Xenia successfully played Frogger 2, among a few other arcade style games off of PC. Although the games responded fairly slow, Ben had said Xenia was working through a debug interpreter and would run at full speed as development had continued. You can check out the current status of Project Xenia here.


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  1. Spartus
    this will work for people without the money to spend on high end pcs..
  2. Wavy
    I bought a Kinect bundle and can say I have never used it once. Waste of money, should have waited for a coolr bundle with a bigger harddrive, or a more interesting design.
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  3. 3xTiNcT
    There's no need for a slim model just yet. It would be nice but it's not needed. Sounds like they need more kinect games though. If anyone would touch them.
    1. Chazay
      Didn't even get a kinect with my Xbox . I used my old kinect like 4 times.
    2. 3xTiNcT
  4. Chazay
    I am very excited to see that a official X360 emulator is in the pipeline. So many exclusives I would love to play on some better hardware.
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    1. Deadpool
      Would the graphics be any different though really? Unless it's a remaster I can't see why they would. An snes game on a 980 ti is still an snes game...
  5. Adamgm10
    "Spencer and Microsoft expect the console to last for quite a while, presumably in the same manner that we saw with the last generation"

    There is no way we're getting 10 years off this generation, these consoles were medium range PC's when they came out and now they are pretty much becoming budget PC's already.
    I give the Xbox One and PS4 3-4 more years max.
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    2. Spartus
      Even then, i would say itd last because even though 360 had bad graphics people still bought them right... Same with one right now, people have enough money to get this and thats pretty much all they need right now..
    3. Adamgm10
      It actually took a while for game devs to understand the consoles architecture of the consoles last gen to finally max out the consoles. Devs where maxing out the consoles pretty much day 1 with the current generation of consoles.

      Plus the last gen consoles when they came out had similar specs as high end PC's at the time. The consoles this gen were obsolete from the start.
    4. Deadpool
      Regardless of anything said here, people still play on last gen. People play on current gen.

      Not everyone wants to move to PC, it's more technical, the community is far from pleasant, it lacks split screen, console exclusives, etc.

      I really wouldn't consider consoles obsolete either. Just because someone has a nicer looking or faster car doesn't mean another person doesn't have a car that they're happy with.
  6. Feyfolken
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    1. RaoulDuke
      Thanks bro! It's not like Spencer just hit the blunt or anything. :biggrin:
  7. TheItalianLad
    Can't wait for these updates.