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Because of the rumors about a mid-generation console upgrade going around, not many gamers seem to be in favor of it; now, add to that list one important person at a game developer company. Bioware founder Greg Zeschuk says a console upgrade would be a “pain the ass.” In previous generations of videogames, no home console has been modified just to add better graphics to support newer technology such as modern virtual reality.
Zeschuk did share his opinion about this subject with GameSpot:
I’d say that’d be a gigantic pain in the ass that flies in the face of the purpose of consoles. It’s funny, there’s actually some stories behind that. For example, the original Xbox… Microsoft actually had multiple different DVD drives. They didn’t tell anyone that, but as a developer you discovered that you have different performance and sometimes you’d have these boxes of refurbished drives and different brands and different equipment. It caused incredible variability.
The whole purpose of consoles is the set of requirements that you work against from a hardware perspective. To change that is complete lunacy.
The release of console upgrades not even in the middle of its current generation could actually fragment the market, making it harder for developers to work on titles. No developer may want to make 2 versions of a game for each console.
[Source]: GameSpot: BioWare Founder on PS4/Xbox One Upgrades: It’d Be a “Gigantic Pain in the Ass.”
[Via]: Gamnesia: Bioware’s Founder Says the PlayStation 4K or an Xbox One Upgrade Would Be a “Pain in the Ass”.