While PC gamers are very accustomed to the process of occasionally upgrading their rigs in order to be able to play the latest games at the highest levels, it’s not something that gets tossed around all that much with console gaming. Sure, we’ll get slimmer versions of consoles, but having a vastly upgraded model of the same console is pretty rare.
Thus, with the PS4 Neo and Xbox One Scorpio on the horizon this idea of mid-cycle console upgrades has been met with criticism. However, one publisher that is absolutely on board with it is EA, who feels that it will only help the industry. Blake Jorgensen, EA’s chief financial officer, said the following:
“We’re continuing to be excited about the growth of the overall console business. And I think the plans that were announced at E3 around both Xbox and PlayStation were viewed in the industry as very positive. I think moving beyond the notion of – or jumping into the compatibility issue head-on and trying to stop the notion of having consoles that are not compatible will help the software side of the equation dramatically over time, and I think that’s a big plus.”
He goes on to say that “What we see now with the things that have been talked about with the mid-cycle refresh is only going to enhance the size and engagement levels inside the communities.”
As for when these consoles will see the light of day, Xbox One Neo is set to launch around holiday 2017 and PS4 Neo has not been officially revealed yet.