Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Xbox Boss Says First Party Games May Release on Rival Platforms

Xbox Boss Says First Party Games May Release on Rival Platforms

Microsoft's next Xbox, which is now codenamed Project Scarlett, will come with key improvements that will make it far more consistent, Xbox chief Phil Spencer told Gamespot in a recent interview.

Booty said it made sense, for example, to expand Minecraft onto new platforms after the company acquired Mojang, considering it already had players on non-Xbox platforms. He recently revealed Microsoft's vision of a console four times more powerful than the Xbox One X. Time to board the hype train. But the Xbox One X, as mighty as it now is, can't run all games at 60fps while hitting 4K; Red Dead Redemption 2 for instance only manages 30fps - no bad feat considering how good it looks on a 4K telly's native resolution.

Microsoft could be targeting actual 4K 60FPS for games on Project Scarlett.

"This generation, we've really focused on 4K visuals and how we bring both movies through 4K Blu-ray and video streaming", Spencer explained. Not every game should be mandated for 4K performance (Microsoft would be foolish to mandate resolution, as not every dev can handle that kind of load) but the games that do play in 4K may all hit 4K 60FPS. So much so the game can also be played through the Cross-Play feature where people can share sessions across those platforms (excluding PlayStation).

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"We really like the reception and the use that we've seen through the [Xbox One backwards compatibility] program". "We want to respect the games that you've bought from us. We want to make sure that the generations can play with each other, so if you happen to adopt the next generation early and somebody stays back, that if their games are on both platforms, you'll be able to cross-gen play".

Forward-looking: Microsoft and Sony have not started duking it out over the next generation of consoles yet, but Xbox boss Phil Spencer might have just thrown the first punch. For the moment, though, it sounds like it's going to be a solid next-generation console.

Project Scarlett releases holiday 2020, but no price has been announced. For more inside looks at Spencer and his thoughts on the past, present, and future of Xbox, check out all our coverage in the stories linked below.

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