In mid-September, an oversight on Microsoft’s part exposed its future plans regarding the division Xbox. One of the documents, which was used during the trial against the FTC for the purchase of Activision, revealed the new Xbox Series X without a disc reader and with a cylindrical design. Since then, we assume that the brand’s next hardware will be that leaked console. However, perhaps we are very wrong.
@Kepler_L2, a dataminer which in the past has revealed reliable information about upcoming PlayStation releases, stated that the new Xbox will arrive in 2026. But be careful, it does not refer to the renewal of the Xbox Series next generation hardware. In fact, according to his information, The Xbox Series X without a disc reader would have been canceled.
For his part, Jeff Grubb, a renowned journalist in the video game industry, commented on the podcast Game Mess that @Kepler_L2’s information could be correct. He even assumes that Microsoft would have accelerated its plans to launch an Xbox next-gen with the aim of facing the Playstation 5 Pro, about which more information has been leaked in recent weeks. Its release is apparently scheduled for September 2024.
Of course, at the moment Grubb has not been able to confirm @Kepler_L2’s report with his own sources. The best thing, then, is to take the information calmly.
Will Microsoft shorten the life cycle of the Xbox Series
Why is the topic relevant? If Microsoft really plans to bring the next-gen Xbox to market in 2026, it would be slightly shortening the lifespan of the Xbox Series. At least, of course, if we compare it with the period in which the Xbox One remained its main hardware. we would pass from 7 to 6 years.
But, beyond the lifespan of each generation, it is surprising because the Xbox Series X, like the PlayStation 5, had a fairly slow start. The pandemic altered Microsoft and Sony’s strategy completely and the reality is that, during the first two years, a true generational leap was not felt.
There are many people who just this year started buying a current generation console. Whether for economic reasons or because he simply did not feel attracted to the game catalog. If you tell them that a replacement for their purchase will arrive in a matter of three years, they probably won’t take it kindly.
Fortunately, we won’t have to wait until 2026 to find out what Microsoft’s plan is with Xbox. Because? If the Xbox Series next-gen will be released in 2026…