Phil Spencer has admitted that the Xbox One X is “not for everybody” via an interview with Gamespot, saying that the console is intended to give players more freedom in choosing how to play their games.
Citing the Xbox One Elite controller as an example, the Xbox One X is for those people who spend more time gaming than the average consumer. The 4K console is meant to provide the “very best experience” with a home system – something that PC users with high-end rigs have been enjoying for quite some time now, complete with upgraded visuals and added horsepower.
The Xbox executive’s full comments are as follows: “Whether you’re on a 1080p TV or a 4K TV, you’re going to have a great experience. But it’s not for everybody. It’s like when we built the Xbox One Elite controller, we didn’t try to say to everybody, ‘If you need an extra controller, go buy the Elite controller.’ We sold a ton of those controllers. We know in the gaming segment, there are a lot of people who play games casually and there’s also people where gaming is their number one hobby.”
Spencer continues, “Their number one form of entertainment, and we want to give them the very best experience. I’ve played games in true 4K with HDR, and they look fantastic. But it doesn’t mean everybody has to do that. So we’re giving gamers a choice. Whether we’ve pushed the innovation too far? It’s hard to do that with gamers. I guess we’ll see; I feel very confident in the product we have coming to market.”
Needless to say, the Xbox One X has a lot of positive momentum going for it as it approaches its launch date. Fans will have to wait and see if its enough to bolster the Xbox brand this holiday season.