Microsoft’s head of Xbox marketing, Aaron Greenberg, certainly thinks so in an interview he conducted with engadget.
The interview explores many of the statements made by Phil Spencer and Aaron Greenberg during and following the Microsoft E3 press conference, where the Xbox One S and Project Scorpio systems were announced and the concept of maintaining an Xbox ecosystem where games and accessories remain compatible across systems was put forward.
In the interview, engadget asked whether this would be the last generation of consoles, with Aaron Greenberg replying:
I think it is. … For us, we think the future is without console generations; we think that the ability to build a library, a community, to be able to iterate with the hardware — we’re making a pretty big bet on that with Project Scorpio.
He goes on to say,
If the games and the content deliver, which I think they will do, I think it will change the way we think about the future of console gaming.
The backwards compatibility and VR compatibility of Project Scorpio was also brought up during the interview, re-confirming that the new system due in late 2017 will indeed support current Xbox One games and accessories and will not have console exclusives:
…we’re not going to have console-exclusive games for Project Scorpio. It’s one ecosystem — whether you have an Xbox One S or Project Scorpio, we don’t want anyone to be left behind…
As for VR, we don’t yet know what headsets will be supported, or whether Xbox has their own hardware in mind, but it’s been re-confirmed that Project Scorpio will support VR:
Now, with the power and capabilities we have, we’ll be able to do high-fidelity VR. Now, that space, we don’t think of that as console gaming, we think of that as high-fidelity VR, and so with the VR experiences those will be new things that you will get on Project Scorpio.
The end of console generations, the perpetual support of games and accessories, and Xbox VR experiences coming soon, the future certainly sounds interesting. Why not tell us our thoughts in the comments below.