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The Xbox One Won’t Be Microsoft’s Last Console, Thinks Phil Spencer

by Joey Davidson | January 13, 2014January 13, 2014 6:30 pm PST

Thanks to the world of cloud computing, there’s a recent argument going around that home consoles are starting to become less and less necessary in the world of gaming. Why, the logic goes, would you need a hunk of parts in your home when all of the computing can be done server-side instead?

That logic dictates that Microsoft might be stepping out of the home console business following the Xbox One. I know, it just got here, but the consideration that the machine might be the last of its kind is a weird one.

Phil Spencer, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Studios, has weighed in on the matter.

When asked by a fan on Twitter if the Xbox One would be Microsoft’s last home console as “we know it,” Spencer responded like so:

Spencer means consoles when he says “local compute,” and we think he’s absolutely right.

For a gaming platform that relies solely on streaming content to users to take off, technology needs to advance quite a bit. High bandwidth access has to become completely universal the world over, and server tech has to be good enough to make gamers feel like they’re playing on a local machine.

Right now? We’re not even close to that standard. Home consoles aren’t going away anytime soon, folks.


Joey Davidson

Joey Davidson leads the gaming department here on TechnoBuffalo. He's been covering games online for more than 10 years, and he's a lover of all...