By now, you’ve probably heard about the rumors that the Xbox One could potentially get upgrades to its hardware before the next generation, potentially making it equal to or more powerful than the PS4. Well, a new report claims you won’t have to open the system to benefit from whatever those upgrades may be.
It was Xbox boss Phil Spencer himself that hinted at the prospect of the Xbox One being upgradeable in the future. After some silence, he has finally provided some clarification on what he meant in an interview with Major Nelson
The Xbox One won’t go modular like a PC, meaning it parts were designed to be easily upgraded or replaced. Specer stated:
“The feedback I’ve received about, ‘Hey, am I going to break open my console and start upgrading individual pieces of my console?’ That’s not our plan.”
He added that not having to build and upgrade a system yourself but having it “just work” out of the box is what makes consoles “special,” jokingly remaking:
“It’s not like I’m going to ship a screwdriver set with every console that comes out.”
When Spencer talks about upgrading hardware, what he likely means is the addition of things like backwards compatibility or a VR device. He apparently wants to see those sort of features more often during this console generation rather than waiting until the next generation.
Looking on the bright side, we won’t have to buy any additions to the Xbox One. Does anyone remember the Sega 32X?