According to Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick, mid-generation console upgrades, which also include the rumored PS5 Pro model, are not that important.
That's what the executive told IGN ahead of the release of Take-Two's latest financial results for the first quarter of the current fiscal year. As stated by Zelnick, it all depends on what this mid-gen refresh includes, but generally these upgrades aren't that meaningful and don't change much.
It "all depends on what the mid-generation upgrade will look like," the Take-Two boss told IGN. "In general, the mid-generation upgrades haven't changed much". Zelnick added that upgrades to the mig-gen console "don't make much sense."
Interestingly, while Zelnick doesn't see these upgrades as too meaningful, he did say a few months ago that he believes both Microsoft and Sony will release upgrades in the near future. "We probably will," he said back in May this year in a pre-briefing call. He added, "They didn't affect the business very much."
Recent rumors suggest that Sony plans to release a new PS5 model, possibly a Pro model, sometime next year. Meanwhile, as recently reported, Microsoft appears to be considering the Xbox Series X as its mid-gen refresh model – the Xbox Series S being considered Microsoft's standard Xbox machine.
During the last generation console cycle, both Microsoft and Sony released mid-generation upgrades in the form of the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X, with the latter being considered the more powerful of the two. It remains to be seen if we'll see PS5 and Xbox Series upgrades at some point, but apparently Microsoft is at least looking at releasing a digital-only Series X model. In addition, the company is said to be planning other hardware for 2025 – five years after the launch of the Series X and Series S. Here's what we wrote about Microsoft's Series X in our launch review:
"Microsoft's next-generation console, in addition to being its most powerful machine designed to date, is a celebration of two decades of Xbox gaming with almost full support for the history of Xbox and support for what could be a robust future for gaming, although the potential of Xbox Series X is not yet fully realized,” we wrote in 2020.
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