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During the Xbox Spring Showcase last week, Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, talked about how the Xbox One could potentially evolve on the hardware side, in a manner similar to that of how PCs evolve over time. This might be an intriguing glimpse into the future of the Xbox One, and the console industry as a whole.

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According to Spencer, the Xbox One might see a future in which, instead of being replaced by consoles as is the norm, it might be upgraded instead. Spencer also mentioned the Universal Windows Platform initiative, and how Microsoft is working to align both Windows 10 and Xbox One development activities under that label.

Spencer points to PC and mobile as platforms where you get “continuous innovation that your rarely see on console”. He suggests that in the future, we will see a lot more hardware innovation in the console space, and that Microsoft might come out with “new hardware capability” during a generation, allowing games to run backwards and forwards compatible. This would be in the form of optional hardware upgrades, which would allow the console to stay on the bleeding edge of emerging technologies.

Would you be on board for a future in which the Xbox One is upgradeable piecemeal? Or do you prefer the pomp and spectacle of new console launches? Let us know in the comments below.

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