Xbox chief hint at hardware upgrades for consoles

Mar

2

2016

Xbox chief Phil Spencer reports that Microsoft could add half generations consoles new hardware capabilities to support newer games. He made the statement at the announcement of Gears of War for Windows 10.

According to Spencer, there is less innovation on consoles than on mobile or PC. “We look at other platforms that you get continuous innovation that you can barely see on consoles,” he said according to Polygon with an Xbox event. “Consoles put the hardware and software platforms at the beginning of a generation locked. Then you have as a user serving seven years or so, while other ecosystems are better, faster and stronger,” he further said.

The CEO believes that the coming years will change: “You will see that we release new hardware capabilities for a generation that games are backwards and forwards compatible.” This would be supported by the Universal Windows platform because Microsoft is thus to focus on the hardware without worrying new hardware to ensure that games do not work anymore. Spencer did not address questions if he could be more specific.

He made ​​the statements in an event prior to the ‘ Spring Update ‘ for games on Xbox One and Windows 10. Microsoft is announcing thereby inter alia that the Windows 10 version of Gears of War, the Ultimate Edition, available immediately on the Windows store state. The game costs 27.79 euros and has new textures for 4k playback can be controlled by mouse and keyboard and is designed for DirectX 12.

In addition, Microsoft is demonstrating the Oculus Rift support for Minecraft. Yet this spring Minecraft need: Windows 10 Edition supports the VR glasses are available in the Windows Store. The game is operated Sun with the Xbox One controller that comes with the Rift.

All announcements of “Spring Update” in a video

Earlier Tuesday was clear that Microsoft Forza Motorsport 6: Apex makes available free for Windows 10. It was also announced that there is an immediate Porsche Expansion available for the Xbox One version of Forza Motorsport 6. The expansion creates 21 Porsche models, nine of which are new to Forza. In addition, the update brings a new campaign and the Virginia International Raceway circuit to the game. The expansion will cost 19.99 euro in the Xbox Store.

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