With Sony apparently already hard at work on the rumored PlayStation 5, all eyes are now on Microsoft, wondering if they’re doing the same with a new Xbox console. Well, after months of hints and teasing, some slightly more concrete information has surfaced courtesy of Xbox head Phil Spencer.
AMD, which specializes in graphics processors and hardware, recently held their CES 2019 conference, where Phil Spencer appeared on stage to discuss the continued partnership between Xbox and AMD. AMD technology had been previously used in the Xbox One’s CPU, and Spencer strongly suggested that it will be used once again with the next generation of Xbox consoles.
“As a company, we look at the opportunity in gaming and one of the things I want to say is when we think who our partners are, we think about great companies that do great work, but also do it in the right way,” he said. “As we look forward to future platforms that we’re building and work that we’re doing, the partnership and the innovations that we’ve seen in the past have led to what we’ve been able to do today, I think they’re going to be critically important to our future endeavors. I’m really looking forward to showing those to people more in the future.”
It’s unsurprising to see Spencer still be relatively coy with confirming much else, since Microsoft has been very tight-lipped about upcoming consoles in the past. But those desperate to know more will most likely have to keep waiting, as one analyst claims that we won’t be seeing any official announcements for the new Xbox or PS5 until E3 2020, though others suggest the new console generation could even start at the end of this year.
In other recent news, Phil Spencer has responded to Bungie’s split with Activision with some degree of enthusiasm, admitting to wishing to work with the now-independent studio. Considering Bungie first made a name for themselves developing Microsoft’s Halo franchise, them returning to working with Xbox would bring things full circle. However, it’s unlikely that Bungie would abandon PlayStation or PC now that it has found so much success with multiplatform releases.