Xbox One isn’t necessarily Microsoft’s last home console, according to Phil Spencer. He reckons home computation is still important for the time being.
It follows Spencer’s comments that mid-tier and indie games are harder to sell in the mass market, hence the need for a program like ID@Xbox.
Responding to a fan on Twitter – as spotted by NowGamer – Spencer posted the following:
@XboxP3 Tough question, but do you think Xbox One is the last console as "we know it"? You know, running on local hardware.
— Jens-Thomas (@BuldozerX) January 13, 2014
The need for physical components in the home – processors and the like – is still there, and it’s clear that Microsoft’s cloud compute is only shouldering a share of game processing for the time being.
As we saw with Sony’s PlayStation Now reveal last week, cloud computing is slowly becoming a trend in the industry. How long will it be before we ditch the boxes entirely? That’s another conversation.