Xbox One X won't turn a profit for Microsoft

Xbox One X preorder pages already live

This is pretty much true of all technology, but what we're seeing Microsoft do is try to keep some of its older stuff alive through backwards compatibility, where the Xbox One is capable of playing games from the Xbox 360 and also the original Xbox. The question is, will they?

The controller is compatible with the Xbox One, Xbox One S and the upcoming Xbox One X. It is now unknown if it will be compatible with PC upon release. These definitely aren't two of the most exciting original Xbox games when considering all of the great games that are on that console, but it's a start.

In an interview with BusinessInsider, when asked if the Xbox One X will be making Microsoft a profit, Phil Spencer has flatly answered "No".

"Frankly, I loved the fact I didn't have to bring out "Gears" and "Halo" just to say, hey".

Microsoft has been keen to include its PC user base in future gaming plans as shown by the Xbox Play Anywhere initiative, which debuted a year ago.

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In addition to a more powerful GPU, the Xbox One X offers higher bandwidth compared to the PlayStation 4 Pro. "Put the disc in, downloads game, play".

Microsoft repeatedly mentioned that Xbox One X would be a premium console for a segment of consumers looking for 4K games. If game designers have to support four-year-old hardware, how are they supposed to max out the capabilities of this beastly (yet surprisingly small) new box?

"Developers will build (games for) PC, they'll build PlayStation, they'll build Xbox, they might build Nintendo. The majority of our consoles that are sold next year will be [Xbox One] S. That has always been the plan", Spencer said. "This held back notion - I know that you're not unique in calling this out". I said. "I didn't answer it that way", he responded, intentionally not offering more detail. The company did announce "Sea of Thieves", "Crackdown 3", "State of Decay 2" and "Forza Motorsport 7", but all of those were already known about prior to E3 2017. What's the first original Xbox game you'll be playing?

Still, not even a little Halo 6 tease?

Spencer also elaborated by saying "I don't want to get into all the numbers, but in aggregate, you should think about the hardware part of the console business is not the money-making part of the business, the money-making part is in selling games".

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