It is no secret that the next Xbox is currently in creation and Xbox manager Phil Spencer has been courting game developers to choose what sort of features and specifications the next Xbox could have. Even though this is par for the course for most console makers, what’s fascinating is, Spencer is working closely with Japanese game developers. Considering that the Xbox One lacks the wide variety of adventures we’ve seen on the PS4 such as Yakuza 0, Persona 5, and Nioh, it seems that Spencer is intent on closing the gap.
According to an interview with Famitsu (through Game Rant), Spencer talked about taking a number of trips to Japan to see developers. They let him play the games before launch and talk to him about their objectives. He believes that this bond is significant in fostering a connection between platform holders such as Microsoft and game creators.
While he did not mention any particular companies that are providing input on another Xbox he did say that Microsoft has asked Japanese programmers what”inventions” they wish to see that could be incorporated in the console (or family of consoles). This could bring about a diverse feature set and enhanced specifications (maybe using high speed GDDR6 memory).
Spencer also said the next Xbox will focus on frame rate and starting games faster which is to be expected given how poorly optimised the Xbox One OS is. Fans should hope to find out more about another Xbox and other ways Microsoft plans to appeal to the Japanese audience when more is probably shown next year. We won’t be shocked if those included timed/permanent exclusives or Microsoft purchasing Japanese developers outright.