Microsoft’s Albert Penello, director of product planning for Xbox, said during the International Consumer Electronics Show this week that the outlook for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and potential future consoles lies in the ability for the next-gen consoles to do “more than just gaming at home,” according to a report today from GameSpot.
Talking during CES 2014 –– as transcribed by Xbox Wire –– Penello said it’s important that the PS4, Xbox One and other next-gen consoles allow for gamers to multitask, that video game consoles for the sake of playing video games is long dead.
“From a console perspective, the idea that a console is a single-purpose device is the past,” Penello said. “The future is a multi-tasking customer--a device that does more than just gaming at home.”
The comments follow Microsoft’s announcement earlier this week that they had sold through 3 million units of the Xbox One –– which they dub an “all-in-on” entertainment system –– through the end of 2013.