The Xbox Two Release Date will be in November 15, 2020 (Updated Release Date) or sooner. The Xbox One X represents the first iterative console release within a single generation, but it's not a next generation console. .
When Microsoft announced the Xbox One S, everybody was expecting it, but when Phil Spencer took the stage at the end of E3 2016 and announced Xbox One X, we had some serious news on our hands. He promised "the most powerful console ever built." It's nice, but it's not the Xbox 2. Let's talk about when Microsoft will take that next step.
Is Xbox One X The Xbox 2?
Normally, that wouldn't even be a question, but in a post PS4 Pro world, we have to wonder if it's truly a next generation console, or something iterative like the Pro, which Sony has explicitly stated is not the PS5.
Typically, we classify generational leaps as a jump in power that's significant when compared to the last console. That's why models like the Xbox One S don't count, because they're largely the same.
Now, Xbox One X is promising things like native 4K and hi-fidelity VR which is something you would normally expect from only the most powerful PC rigs.
Another major component of a "new generation" is usually a new format, and in many cases, the inability to play older titles (unless there's backwards compatibility). This is where things get murky with Xbox One X, because Microsoft is trying to break down the walls between generations as we know them.
|Original XBox Release Date||November 15, 2001|
|Time Between||3 years, 5 months, 27 days|
|XBox 360 Release Date||May 12, 2005|
|Time Between||8 years, 6 months and 10 days|
|XBox One Release Date||November 22, 2013|
|Time Between||3 years, 11 months, 16 days|
|XBox One X Release Date
"Xbox One X"
November 7, 2017
(After PS4 Pro Before PS5)
|Time Between||3 years, 8 days|
|XBox Two Release Date||November 15, 2020|
Microsoft's own Aaron Greenberg spoke with Engadget about Scorpio and they asked him if this was the final console generation.
To this, Greenberg said:
"I think it is. For us, we think the future is without console generations. We think that the ability to build a library, a community, to be able to iterate with the hardware--we're making a pretty big bet on that with Project Scorpio. We're basically saying, 'This isn't a new generation; everything you have continues forward and it works.' We think of this as a family of devices."
He went on to say that Microsoft is planning to learn from the reaction to Xbox One X and if it's a big success, they believe it will change the future of consoles as we know it. Of course, the ability to bring forward all of your games and accessories is something new for the industry.
Backwards compatibility is, at it's best, just the games. Even that has been hard to get with the past few generations, but Microsoft is promising that everything will go forward with you to Xbox One X. This new console doesn't have any exclusive titles, except for potential VR releases down the road.
That means even the new games will work on your older system. This makes gamers like me wonder how much better Xbox One X can be if the games are required to work on older systems too. Greenberg went on to say,
"I think the really important thing for people to understand is the nut we've tried to crack here is ensuring we hit hardware innovation at the same time we ensure compatibility. That term of an upgrade is gone. We are wiping out those generational boundaries. As a gamer, it's pretty cool. Because then I know the games I buy and play today and the controllers I use today are going to work on that machine of tomorrow. And that's the real major step-change."
Knowing this, it's hard to really say that Xbox One X really is Xbox Two, but with Microsoft's new approach to an "Xbox Family" Xbox One X stands as something new and different. In the end, Xbox One X is more of a test of the waters, and an extension of the current generation. It's not a true next generation console, and therefore can't be labeled Xbox Two.
A tweet on Phil Spencer's account shows that Microsoft is already thinking ahead, perhaps even past Xbox One X:
@umairshazi Already have ideas for what could be after Scorpio. Great thing in gaming, early tech adopters and best creators of any industry
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) August 18, 2016
So, Xbox One X won't be the last we see of Microsoft, which means that the Xbox 2 is still coming. That focus on backwards and forwards compatibility is cool, but it holds back the potential of the console if games that come out have to work on the old and new systems.
It would be best if Xbox One games worked on Xbox One X, but new games were exclusive to the console. Even so, the X is exists in a space similar to the PS4 Pro, and isn't a truly next generation machine, despite its power.
The Xbox Family: What it Means For The Future
Microsoft is referring to their trio of consoles (Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X) as the Xbox Family. They are driving home the concept that no gamer will be left behind. If you buy an Xbox game, you can play it on any of the console within that family, and the same goes for your controllers and accessories.
The benefit of course, is that playing games on Xbox One X, will allow you to play them in 4K and with potential graphical upgrades like we see on the PS4 Pro. Since Xbox One X is so powerful, though, we have to wonder how much of a difference we’ll be seeing.
A leaked document in January of 2017 revealed some of the console’s specs and how developers can take advantage of them. We did a little digging ourselves and discovered some interesting information from reputable sources like Digital Foundry.
We found that developers have the option to use the system’s power for things besides resolution. The examples they used were higher fidelity shadows, reflections, texture filtering, draw distances, and so on.
Furthermore, we discovered that Thomas Mahler who created Ori and the Blind Forest on Xbox One, has seen what Xbox One X has to offer and he describes it as a “full blown next-gen machine.” Despite this comment, Xbox One X is held back by its requirement to have games that are compatible on every version of the Xbox One.
So, Microsoft is making the games compatible across all the systems. That way you’re always a part of the family. What’s more interesting is the Play Anywhere program, which ropes PC gamers into the mix. Essentially, you can buy a game on Xbox, then play it on PC as well and transfer your saves.
How long and how large this “Xbox Family” will grow is an interesting point of discussion. Will Xbox 2 also have games that play on everything back down to Xbox One, or will the family get broken up then? We don't think it's just a possibility, we think it's inevitable.
How The Xbox Family Will Play Into Console Generations and Lead to Xbox 2
The concept of the Xbox One Family is unique, and it does offer Microsoft the ability to extend and iterate on a generation, but it's not future-proof. Eventually, that family will need to graduate to a new generation. Xbox One X offers Microsoft the chance to keep this generation for a few more years, but the Xbox Two will mark the beginning of a new family.
When we think of console generations, we usually think of them as single consoles. The original Xbox, the Xbox 360, and the Xbox One. The problem with that structure, is that technology is moving too fast for one console to meet the needs of an entire generation.
Instead, an iterative approach makes more sense here. One generation, spread across multiple consoles that get incrementally more powerful as you move up the chain. This way, Microsoft can stay competitive in terms of power, but also keep multiple hardware releases within that same family.
This is the smartest way to move forward, but even Phil Spencer has to know that the path forward means leaving something behind at some point. Xbox One X will get its time in the limelight, but the next console from Microsoft will mark the beginning of a new and separate generation.
Another branch in the family tree if you will, called Xbox Two, that spawns its own consoles within the same generation, thus keeping things competitive while grouping multiple consoles into one generation.
It's clear that Microsoft is already considering something similar to this. Phil Spencer had gamers running wild when he suggested that we move everything over to a model similar to smartphones, but he had since made it clear that wasn't his intention.
Despite this, people were worried about the fate of an Xbox 2. During a podcast with IGN, Microsoft's Albert Penello offered us a small quote that tells us the Xbox 2 is still a possibility:
"I don't think we've ever said that console generations will go away because of this idea."
While they are most certainly focused on backwards compatibility, Albert made it clear that they have plans to move forward beyond this generation. In a perfect world, you'll still be able to play all of your old games on the Xbox 2, but there will eventually be a dividing line between the Xbox One and the Xbox Two.
VR on Xbox: All The Options
Another thing we know about Xbox One X, is that it will have support for VR. These titles will be exclusive to the platform, since Xbox One won’t be getting a VR solution. The question that’s on our minds, is who will be manufacturing the headset?
On the one hand, Oculus Rift seemed like a solid choice, but then Microsoft announced its own line of Windows 10 VR headsets in late 2016.
What we do know, is that the headsets are being made by different manufacturers and will start at $300 for the base model. The entire line of headsets also supports inside-out tracking sensors which removes the need for a camera or external sensor.
These are different than the HoloLens, which is an augmented reality headset. For the time being, it’s assumed that these headsets will still be wired in nature. Current partners listed were HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus, and Acer, so it stands to reason that one of these manufacturers are working on a variation of their Windows 10 headset for Xbox One X.
Some of these manufacturers are already working on headsets. Acer is working with Starbreeze to create the high-end line of StarVR headsets. Asus has a leather strapped headset, and AntVR is partnering with Lenovo for mobile VR setups.
Regardless, Microsoft is promising “hi-fidelity” VR that is supposed to compete with Sony’s PlayStation VR solution. VR will come after the console’s release in holiday 2017.
Virtual reality and, by extension, augmented reality, are a growing industry. So far, the technology has been well-received and PlayStation's VR solution is no slouch either. While we've been promised VR on Xbox One X, by the time the console receives virtual reality, it may be outdated.
Let's say that Xbox One X does get the Oculus Rift, or something equivalent. This is a first generation VR headset. It works great, but it's the first step. It also requires a lot of power to work properly. Xbox One X has this power, but when the next wave of VR headsets comes, will the "most powerful console" have enough horsepower to meet the needs of a future VR solution?
What about the HoloLens? Could it even work on an Xbox One X? The answer to both these questions is a shaky "maybe." Xbox One X will indeed get VR, but next generation VR will be reserved for an even more powerful console: The Xbox 2.
The next wave of headsets will have increased resolution, wireless capability, and technologies like eye tracking to make the experience even more convincing. Depending on how VR does on the Xbox One X, we could see a launch of the Xbox Two with a VR headset that is specific to the platform and matches the new headsets of that era.
We already know that the VR titles for Xbox One X will be exclusive to the platform and not compatible with Xbox One, which is to be expected. These will be the first games to stand outside the Xbox Family, and they will set the precedent for the future of VR on the Xbox 2 when it releases. .
Predicting the Xbox 2 Price
Microsoft is in the midst of a transition between the past and the future. While the Xbox One had some misfires, Xbox One X is looking to come out of the gate swinging with it's high-end specs, VR support, and native 4K. The Xbox One X ismore than Xbox One S, and priced at $499.
What does this mean for the inevitable next generation console in the future? One thing is certain, gamers will speculate, and we will be right there with them. Join us as we explore the Xbox Two Price!
The Xbox One
Xbox One is well into its lifespan, and now gamers can choose between Xbox One S and Xbox One X as well. Things have been good for the console, but we’ve had some downturns, such as the cancellation of Scalebound which was looking to be a solid exclusive from Platinum Games.
With the aforementioned “Xbox Family” in place, the lifespan of the Xbox One is an interesting concept. Since gamers will be able to play their games on both Xbox One X and Xbox One (or the S), it lends a longer lifespan to the console.
Despite Microsoft promising not to leave anyone behind, at some point in the future, they’ll need to trim the family. I imagine this will happen with Xbox Two or if they really stretch it, the console after that.
We kind of assumed Xbox One would last ten years, but this new revelation that games will go forward and backward could make it last even longer, but not by much I imagine. Xbox One X released in 2017, and I would bet that Xbox One won’t make it much past the ten year mark which would be 2023.
At the pace of technological development, it will just become too obsolete by then to warrant games being backwards compatible. It will be dead weight for the Xbox Two.
The Xbox 360
If we call the lifespan of the Xbox five years, then the Xbox 360 will have doubled that of its predecessor by the time it is finally phased out. Although the 360 had a relatively shaky start as consoles go with the red ring of death a constant thorn in the side of gamers, and losses reported in the initial months of trading, the success of this beloved console soon picked up.
The Xbox 360 made it an admirable ten years from 2005 to 2016.
Some young gamers today will have been born after the debut of Microsoft’s very first entry into the world of the games console. The Xbox was launched in November of 2001, and was in direct competition with the PlayStation 2 from Sony, along with other now-retro consoles - the Dreamcast from Sega and the GameCube from Nintendo. Despite the Xbox’s successes, notably adding an Ethernet port to allow easy online gaming, the Xbox was swiftly discontinued after the launch of its successor in November, 2005. Support for the original Xbox continued until 2009, however no new games were released for it after Madden NFL 09 in August, 2008.
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Let The Games Begin!
We're in a weird spot as gamers. The Xbox One X threw a wrench in our normal generational leaps, but is it a bad thing? While it may delay the release of the Xbox 2, but it could give Microsoft some extra time to come up with a massive generational leap. The Xbox Family is a great concept, if only for the reason that it shows the best example of backwards compatibility we've seen this generation.
When do you think the Xbox 2 is coming out? Let us know in the comments!
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