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The introduction of new and improved Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles have led to a lot of speculation concerning the future of console gaming. According to Xbox head Phil Spencer, though, we shouldn't expect too drastic of a change moving forward.

The folks over at Gameinformer recently had a chat with Spencer about all things Xbox, specifically the upcoming Scorpio console. In short, it's an improved version of the Xbox One with more horsepower, a bigger hard drive, VR capabilities, etc. But even though this spiffy new version of the console is launching only a couple years following the OG Xbox, Spencer said we should not expect to see a new console shipping every couple of years.

I don't have this desire to, every two years, have a new console on the shelf; that's not part of the console business model, and it doesn't actually help us. The best customer I have is somebody who buys the original Xbox and just buys all the games. That's the best customer for us in terms of the pure financials of it.

Earlier this year, both the Xbox Scorpio and the PlayStation 4 Pro were revealed; upgraded versions of their respective consoles. This got a lot of people speculating that the console gaming scene was going to go the way of mobile hardware, with new machines available with only incremental improvements on a more regular basis.

According to Spencer, that model doesn't make a heck of a lot of sense. He points out that, for the most part, consoles are sold at a loss to the company. It's sort of a razor and blade relationship, where you give folks the razor for a cheaper than reasonable price in order to make all of your money on the blades. And that's exactly what Spencer is arguing here. The time and cost of developing consoles on the regular, then shipping them worldwide at a loss, doesn't make a heck of a lot of sense. Sure, if the Scorpio and Pro sell astronomical numbers he may start singing a different tune but, for now, he's all about those razors. The real money comes from selling games both physical and digital and, if you can get a five- to 10-year life out of a machine, that's better than having three or four consoles launch over that same period of time.

Thankfully, it doesn't sound like the Scorpio or Pro have any intentions of breaking up their gaming audience, either. Nothing will work on these new machines that won't work on the old ones. In Spencer's view, the Scorpio is a nice advancement of the Xbox One that should appeal to seriously dedicated fans or newcomers just breaking into the new generation. We should not, however, expect to see the Xbox Gemini or Taurus anytime soon.

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