Worrying about whether a game console will be obsolete once its successor releases sucks. With the Microsoftâ€™s Project Scorpio just around the corner, a few fans are worried they might not have any new games to play before too long. One fan hit up Xbox boss Phil Spencer on Twitter, who took a moment to reassure them that thatâ€™s simply not the case:
@ahbenitez86 Xbox One and S will be supported consoles for many years.
â€” Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) January 30, 2017
Itâ€™s happened before, right?
When a new game system comes out, itâ€™s valid to worry that your current system will see support dwindle and disappear. Thatâ€™s how itâ€™s always been in the past. Systems like the first Xbox and the Wii saw games dry up almost immediately once their younger siblings were on shelves. These new consoles, though, are a bit different. Theyâ€™re not replacements â€“ theyâ€™re upgrades. Both the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox Scorpio have clear mandates that the existing round of consoles must continue to receive support. The PS4 Pro and Xbox Scorpio are more similar to their predecessors than, really, any home console and its previous model ever. Thereâ€™s no reason, other than greed, that they wouldnâ€™t be supported.
Instead, both companies are looking to extend the lives of their systems without shortening the lives of their old ones.