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"Am I going to break open my console and start upgrading my console? That's not our plan," said Spencer

Phil Spencer has moved to calm down talk of Xbox One being upgradable in the future, saying that it's not likely that Microsoft will go down this route for now.

"Am I going to break open my console and start upgrading individual pieces of my console? That's not our plan," said Spencer on the latest Major Nelson podcast. 

"There is something special about what happens with a console. You buy an appliance-like device; you plug it into your TV; it works when you plug it in. It's not like I'm going to ship a screwdriver set with every console that comes out.

"What I'm saying is as hardware innovations happen we want to be able to embrace those in the console space. And make those available and maybe not have to wait seven or eight years for things to happen. But right now, we're not announcing hardware.”

Perhaps another way this could be achieved, perhaps in the next Xbox, would be to make the system modular, allowing you to easily swap out one part with another, instead of having to manually upgrade the memory, motherboard and more. This technology is already being played around with by the likes of Blocks Smartwatch, so perhaps there's something in this space that could eventually work for future consoles too.

What do you think of this debate? What are your opinions?

Edited On 07 Mar, 2016

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superniceguy 7 months ago
With digital content it is with you for life, unlike physical disc / cartridge, as unable to sell, so going forward you need a new machine that will be able to play your digital purchases. Probably easiest way is just keep making the consoles and make them backwards compatible, like Nintendo do. PC games have video options to cater for many various different hardware. If Microsoft released a new more powerful Xbox One then the developers could add options to scale back the game so new games could be still played on the existing Xbox One, but with reduced graphics eg 900p / 30FPS, but if played on new Xbox One it would be 1080p / 60FPS.

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