“Honestly, I don’t know,” Xbox boss Spencer told CNET when asked if Scarlett will be Microsoft’s last console. “When I look, even in a world of streaming, and xCloud, and let’s say streaming of any other form of media that’s out there — music, video — the number of compute devices around us hasn’t gone down; it’s gone up.
“I think this idea that as we become connected, the number of devices around us goes down isn’t the truth that I see in my world today.”
Spencer added: “I think what I see is streaming is going to enable this high-quality content to hit more screens around you. And I actually don’t think that’s going to lead to fewer screens around you.
“Different people will say different things on this, but the truth of the matter is that the best way for you to play a high-fidelity video game for years is going to be with a local device.”
It seems safe to say Sony and Microsoft are preparing for a potential hybrid model between console and cloud gaming.
The two companies recently announced a strategic partnership that’s expected to result in the PlayStation maker using Microsoft Azure data centres for cloud gaming and content streaming services.