Xbox news: Next-generation console could be a game changer

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The Xbox team and its head Phil Spencer held its annual “spring showcase” to show off what they have in store for everyone from now until this summer’s Electronic Entertainment Expo.

Engadget shared some words from Spencer, who stated that Microsoft plans to “put the gamer at the center of every decision we make.” 

The vague comment piqued the audience curiosity and Spencer gladly explained further that they plan to bring the Xbox One console and the Windows 10 operating system closer together than ever before.

Microsoft is currently urging developers to build universal Windows applications, allowing users to use the programs either on the PC or the Xbox. This allows the user to decide how and where they would like to play or use the application.

Spencer added, “We are allowing ourselves to decouple our software platform from the hardware platform on which it runs.”

Much to the fans adoration, Spencer also mentioned Backward Compatibility for the future consoles. Backward Compatibility allows the newer consoles to be able to play the games of older platforms.

On Dualshockers, Spencer is also quoted saying: “We’ll actually see come out new hardware capability during a generation, allowing the same games to run backward and forward compatible because we have the universal Windows application running on top of the universal Windows platform, that allows us to focus more on hardware innovation without invalidating the games that run on that platform.”

While the next generation systems are already being developed, the idea of cross-platform access to games is something that could give Xbox the edge against competitors such as the PlayStation.

While the Playstation 4 does not allow Backward Compatibility, it moved toward allowing downloadable content via the Playstation Network, giving players the option to get PlayStation 2 games that have been upgraded to meet the current gaming system. 

The soon-to-be-closer relationship between the Xbox and Windows 10 is something fans will definitely watch eagerly.