Before the release of the PS4 and Xbox One there was much buzz from analysts stating that these would be the last batch of consoles. Reasons stated included the ever growing mobile market. To the analysts, mobile and cloud computing presented a huge threat to the console market. However, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer doesn’t think this is a threat and that this won’t be the last console generation.
Someone posed the following question to Spencer on Twitter, “Tough question, but do you think Xbox One is the last console as “we know it”? You know, running on local hardware.” To which he responded, “I don’t. I think local compute will be important for a long time.” He defended this by stating that, “You can look at mobile, connected to faster networks, more cloud services but local power still increases each gen.”
The fact that there will be future generations of home consoles is not at all surprising. Both Sony and Microsoft have been very adaptive with the PS3 and Xbox 360 by molding them throughout the years to reflect the changing market. Even the PS4 and Xbox One were built with a smartphone mentality of everything has to be fast and immediate. With this logic it is easy to see the next consoles continuing to adapt to the times and be different from what we already have today.