Though the Xbox One will launch next month, Microsoft corporate vice president Phil Harrision said the next-gen console would continue to evolve throughout its lifespan, according to a report today from Edge.
Harrison said that the Xbox One engineering team is focused currently on the launch, but come its release Microsoft would be rolling out some “really exciting things” for its next-gen console.
“We have a very significant engineering team –– some of the smartest people I’ve ever worked with –– who are very focused on launch right now,” Harrison said. “But as soon as we get past launch then there are some really exciting things that are on the way.”
Harrison said all the features of the Xbox One that they announced during its unveiling would still be there, saying Microsoft’s DRM policy in terms of disc-based games is the only thing that’s changed.
“We include disc-based games as part of our system whereas previously it was a cloud-based licensing system,” Harrison said. “But all the benefits of being able to download a game digitally, then go to your friends’ house and log in as you, that content goes with you. That’s there.”
Despite the Xbox One DRM policy flip-flop, Harrison said Microsoft still maintains that the future of gaming rests in digital, a philosophy that hasn’t changed though some of the engineering priorities have.
“… We don’t have any change to our fundamental vision, which is that the world is going to be a digital place,” Harrison said. “We have incorporated some of the important benefits of disc-based games, mainly sharing and trading games, but that doesn’t dull or change our digital vision. We just reordered our priorities a little bit.”
The Xbox One will launch in North America and 12 other markets worldwide on Nov. 22.