Current-gen hardware might potentially end up sticking around longer than we thought.
The PS4 and the Xbox One aren’t going to go away any time soon. Microsoft and Sony (not to mention several major third party devs and publishers) intend to keep supporting the current-gen consoles for at least a year or so even after their successors have launched, thanks to their large install bases. But it’s possible that Microsoft might end up keeping the Xbox One around even longer than that.
Speaking to Kotaku in a recent interview, head of Xbox Phil Spencer said that though Microsoft’s focus with cloud streaming currently remains on PC and mobile devices, it’s possible that they might end up making it available on Xbox One too, thus allowing owners to play Xbox Series X/S games.
“When we think about Xbox One, absolutely, we think it could be a good way for us to bridge generations and be able to let people play those games,” he said.
Talking about how the process of developing and maintaining the required infrastructure for cloud gaming is going, Spencer said, “I don’t think it’s years off,” he said. “It’s just work to get done. We know how to do it.”
There have been rumours in the past that have suggested that Microsoft could end up releasing a next-gen SKU that would be a streaming-only box, though Microsoft have denied these rumours. It remains to be seen just how far Microsoft will take cloud streaming, and how quickly they will do it, but the potential is certainly exciting.