Microsoft Intends to Release A Digital Xbox Series X (and a new Controller) In 2024
Given that the Xbox One gave way to the more powerful Xbox One X, gamers have been anticipating what Microsoft would do for the Series X’s refresh. The answer is an all-digital Xbox Series X that is shaped like a cylinder.
According to documents saved on ResetEra, the Xbox Series X mid-gen devices will focus more on sustainability and connectivity rather than graphical power. The console will keep its 12 teraflop CPU but sport faster Wi-Fi, lower PSU power, and an even lower low-power standby mode. More importantly, this Series X 2.0 (not its official name) will rock up to 2 TB worth of storage, but all of these advances will come at a cost. According to the document, this console will be digital only. Is Microsoft finally phasing out discs? I certainly hope not. While the images don’t show what the planned Series S upgrade will look like, it will seemingly follow the same pattern, i.e., focusing on faster internet speed, lower power, and double the SDD space.
The other ingredient in Microsoft’s Xbox mid-gen plans is the Xbox Universal Controller, which will apparently adopt a two-tone black/white color scheme similar to the PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller. However, the controller’s biggest changes will be under the hood. This universal controller will apparently also be able to connect to mobile devices, including accelerometers and haptics, and wake up whenever you lift it. Plus, the Xbox Universal Controller might actually ship with a rechargeable battery.
If we take these plans at face value, when should we expect these devices to hit store shelves? According to one image, the Xbox Universal Controller is scheduled to release just before June 2024, with the Xbox Series S refresh following around September 2024. The Xbox Series X 2.0, meanwhile, will follow 60 days after the Series S, so we could be looking at a November or December launch.
The Next-Gen Xbox Is Currently Scheduled to Be Released in 2028 or 2029 (and Will Utilize AI and Machine Learning Technology)
Since the leaked documents included details for Microsoft’s next Xbox Series X model, one can’t help but wonder how far into the future these records go. As any good console manufacturer, Microsoft is well into designing, or at the very least conceptualizing, the next big Xbox console.
While the images saved on ResetEra don’t reveal as much information as the Series X refresh documents (probably because the Series X’s successor is further away), they still highlight Microsoft’s next-gen focal points. According to the documents, the next Xbox will be released sometime in 2028 or 2029 and focus on “cloud hybrid games” and “immersive game & app platform.”