With the PlayStation 5 and the next Xbox confirmed for next year, Team Green has had a lot of time to go over what the current generation offers when looking at the road ahead. During this year's X019 London Showcase, the Xbox head took a nostalgic look back at the road thus far, including owning up to how the Xbox One fell short and how they are learning from those missteps going forward.
In a recent interview with The Verge, Spencer mentioned that they are "all in" with the Project Scarlet but that excitement comes with a realistic approach born from a generation that didn't quite meet expectations. Another aspect of the next Xbox is that they won't be operating out of a position on power or price, “If you remember the beginning of this generation we were a hundred dollars more expensive and yes, we were less powerful. And we started Project Scarlett with this leadership team in place with a goal of having market success.”
When speaking on how many generations Team Green has in them, Spencer added “We had the discussion years ago ‘do we want to go do another generation?’ Yes, and do we think there will be multiple generations ahead of us? I actually think there probably is. So we’re going all in. We’re all-in on Project Scarlett and I want to compete, and I want to compete in the right ways which is why we’re focused on cross-play and backward compatibility.”
It's good to see that the Xbox brand is back in good hands. As much as I love my Xbox, the console name has been tarnished through the years under previous leadership. It's shifted away from gaming and more into an entertainment console - which is not what Xbox was all about. Xbox used to have amazing exclusives (remember when Mass Effect was originally an Xbox only game?) with an exciting library for fans to enjoy. Through the years that's tapered off a bit, but Phil Spencer has been nothing but transparent with fans since his takeover and we are finally beginning to see the fruits of his labor.