In other words, Microsoft wants to do away with the concept of console "generations", and instead allow your library of games to carry over between hardware iterations as newer machines get released.
From a new Xbox One S to the upcoming mega-console, Project Scorpio, to new games and Xbox features, Microsoft didn't disappoint.
"Project Scorpio will be the next addition to the Xbox One family, and it is ultimately the next step in delivering our vision of gaming beyond generations", Spencer said at the special event in LA's Galen Center auditorium, attended by 3,000 of the world's media. Well, this week at E3, Microsoft announced that they were taking this a bit further with Xbox Play Anywhere.
Gears of War 4 stars JD Fenix and friends Kait and Del, who battle to save the ones they love from an all new threat. If that holds true, it could be a notable point of contention going forward as game developers decide how to prioritize between optimizing for the original Xbox One and the more powerful "Scorpio" hardware, slated to launch next year.
Microsoft has slashed the cost of the entry-level Xbox One by $20.
The news came via Polygon in an interview with the head of Coalition studios Rod Ferguson. Xbox One S has additional Raw CPU and GPU power, and engineers at Coalition have been able to take advantage of it by reducing the frequent frame rate drops in demanding section of the game.
Also, it's worth noting that the Xbox One S should not be confused with Project Scorpio, which was announced by Microsoft at E3 and given a late 2017 release window. On the bright side, if Spencer turns out to be wrong, at least we'll know by the end of the decade.
"Because we're mastering at 4K, it's not about assets or art. It's about getting the milliseconds down in terms of getting the game to 4K at 60 or 30 [fps] depending on single-player or multiplayer".
The Xbox One S looks remarkably less bulky than its predecessor.
Of course, the difference between the two remains to be seen.
That's wonderful for gamers who want their consoles to be on the cutting edge of technology, but it's not a great value if you're trading up.
So, essentially, not the same experience then? He described this console as the most powerful console ever made.
Dead Rising 4. While it's fair to say that I exhausted of the amusing zombie shooter genre a few Dead Risings ago, this one looks fun, with a nice blend of insane weapon choices, vehicles, and over-the-top humor. "With this move towards a high-end PS4, it's not to bifurcate the market". It is an Xbox Play Anywhere game releasing on 27 September. Don't expect any vast improvements beyond slightly higher resolution.
Layden also commented on PlayStation VR and the range of titles and experiences coming to what he described as a "new platform for entertainment" rather than a PS4 peripheral.