Robbie Bach, former Xbox chief at Microsoft, said during an interview with GeekWire (via Pocket-Lint) that there will be another generation of consoles in the future. In simple words, there will be an Xbox Two. When? We can’t be sure about that. Bach said in the interview
“I think there will be another generation. What the console looks like is a very interesting question. Does it have a physical media? Probably not, so how does that look? Is it just a game box or is it more? What’s the balance between what an Apple TV is and what an Xbox or a PlayStation 4 is? These are really interesting questions, and the teams going to have to wrestle with those. That next generation will be a whole new game.”
The interview also talked about the new book, “Xbox Revisited: A Game Plan for Corporate and Civic Renewal” and discussed the principles outlined in the book as well as the lessons he learned while he was working at the console department at Microsoft along with the current state of the company in the console industry.
As far as the console market is concerned, the PlayStation 4 currently dominates it in terms of sales, but Xbox One is still gaining popularity, and we’ve seen a number of popular titles make their way on to the console. Bach says, “I could also say that the team did what they needed to do. They persevered through a rocky patch, and they’re now on the path to making this a very competitive market.”
He was also asked about his thoughts about Microsoft’s new CEO, Satya Nadella. Bach mentioned that he did work with Satya while he was working at Microsoft, and was a little surprised when he was named as the CEO of the company. When asked about the performance of the newly selected executive, Bach said it may be a little too early to talk about it and that we will have to wait for 12-18 months before we can see where the company is heading. However, he did say that Satya has done a great job ever since he took the leadership charge at Microsoft.
You can read the complete interview over at GeekWire, or listen to the audio transcript on SoundCloud.Further reading: Gaming, Microsoft, Xbox