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Microsoft will continue to release home video game consoles after the Xbox One, Microsoft Studios corporate VP Phil Spencer has said on Twitter.

Spencer was asked if the Xbox One would be the last console of its kind which Microsoft releases, suggesting local hardware would be less important in the next generation.

"I don't. I think local compute will be important for a long time," responded Spencer.

He added: "You can look at mobile, connected to faster networks, more cloud services but local power still increases each gen."

"Bandwidth caps clearly an issue, still believe HW & SW engrs working together will find local HW scenarios critical." Analysis

It seems that whilst cloud computing will continue to become more important for Microsoft, a local system of considerable computing power will also remain necessary.

Sony, however, may be thinking differently. PlayStation Now is a move away from powerful local hardware, with game services being streamed to all manner of devices.

Source: @BuldozerX

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Manguy17's Avatar


Good to hear, unless we get to a point where I can be 99% certain that my internet will be running at very high speeds without any issues at all, I would be wary of investing in cloud gaming. That said, having it as an option to easily access older games, or as a means to distribute demanding games on weaker hardware is something that I am all in favor of.
Posted 22:48 on 13 January 2014
conners's Avatar


Internet speeds aren't consistent enough around the country for this yet and as places in the UK (never mind across the world) still don't have broadband cloud based gaming on mass still seems such as long way away.

If a consle did go down this route it would cripple hundreds of companies - Game, HMV and even the second hand market such as Music Magpie, would be massively impacted
Posted 19:38 on 13 January 2014
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