In a rather unexpected statement, Xbox Head, Phil Spencer has explained that we’ll be seeing additional consoles in the future. This means that this generation of Xbox consoles may see a third device, possibly somewhere in between the Series S and X (Series M?). There’s also a good chance that towards the end of this cycle, we’re going to get a beefed-up version of the Series X (X+?).
Spencer said this in an interview with Yahoo Finance, saying that although services like Game Pass and Streaming (xCloud) will keep on expanding, the hardware won’t take a step back either.
In terms of future hardware, absolutely I think we’re going to see more console hardware down the road. Just like in video, just like in music, it’s not that streaming has cut off device innovation. I think we’ll continue to see that and that’s absolutely what we’re planning for.Yahoo Finance
We’re about putting the player at the center. It’s not about the device in the middle anymore. You see that in every other form of media: My TV is with me wherever I go, my music is with me wherever I go. I’m in control of the experience and I think gaming is going through that same transformation.
If you’re a Game Pass subscriber, you can play your games on your Xbox, your PC, or on Android via streaming. One subscription gives you access to your catalog and community wherever you go.
Once again speaking about how he wants to unify the gaming platform using Game Pass and xCloud, Spencer said that gamers will now be able to play games on Xbox, PC, Android, and pretty much every device that supports the service with a single subscription.
The introduction of Windows 10 and DirectX 12 Ultimate was the first step in integrating the PC and Xbox platforms. MS has also ditched the policy of keeping Xbox exclusives to the Windows Store, and most are now available on Steam as well, greatly increasing the audience.