Phil Spencer Doesn't 'Feel an Imperative' to Release an Xbox with Major Upgrades Mid-Cycle

Xbox head Phil Spencer has said he "doesn't feel an imperative" to release a mid-cycle Xbox console upgrade, three years after the release of the Xbox Series X/S consoles.

In an interview with Bloomberg, Spencer said of mid-cycle upgrades in the Xbox Series lineup of game consoles: "That's not the feedback we're getting right now. Right now, we're pretty set on the hardware we have."

It's not uncommon for console makers to release mid-generation upgrades for their hardware within a few years. Microsoft released the Xbox One S roughly three years after the Xbox One was released. A more powerful console, the Xbox One X, was released roughly four years after the original Xbox One came out.

Similarly, Sony released the PlayStation 4 Slim and the PlayStation 4 Pro in the years after the PS4's 2013 launch.

Spencer's comments less than a day after Microsoft announced another SKU in the Xbox Series lineup: a black Series S console that includes 1TB of SSD storage. It launches on September 1st priced $349.99.

Shortly following Microsoft's Xbox Games Showcase event, Phil Spencer was adamant that the consoles are "critical" to Xbox's future.

In case you missed it, here’s our Xbox showcase roundup, and here's everything shown during the Starfield Direct. Check out our Summer of Gaming 2023 schedule to find out what’s coming next.

Taylor is a Reporter at IGN. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixster.

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