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Microsoft is Already Developing New Xbox Consoles

Microsoft is Already Developing New Xbox Consoles - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 July 2021 / 1,798 Views

Ahead of its E3 showcase on Sunday, June 13 Microsoft has made a bunch of announcements this morning. Microsoft is committed to gaming and wants to get to a point where they are able to release a new game every quarter. In order to achieve this it plans invest in its first-party studios and continue to acquire more studios

Liz Hamren, CVP of Gaming Experiences & Platforms, did say that Microsoft remains committed to making video game consoles and they are already working on future Xbox hardware. 

"Cloud is key to our hardware and Game Pass roadmaps, but no one should think we're slowing down on our core console engineering. In fact, we're accelerating it," Hamren said.

"We're already hard at work on new hardware and platforms, some of which won't come to light for years. But even as we build for the future, we're focused on extending the Xbox experience to more devices today so we can reach more people."

Hamren added console will remain their flagship experience while they continue to expand in PC and mobile. 

While we continue to expand in PC and mobile, console remains our flagship experience," Hamren added. "We want to deliver the most powerful, capable consoles in the world, devices that empower our players to enjoy amazing games for years to come, including gameplay we can't even imagine yet."

Thanks, Eurogamer.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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17 Comments
gtotheunit91 (on 10 June 2021)

Isn't that what every console maker does? R&D starts working on new hardware as soon as the new console is released.

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Signalstar gtotheunit91 (on 10 June 2021)

Yup. Hardware development takes years so they have to start as soon as possible.

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Pemalite gtotheunit91 (on 11 June 2021)

Before that even.
The amount of design work that goes into these multi-billion transistor chips and building the logistic channels in order to ensure supply can meet demand is a massive task.

And that is on top of general design goals such as cooling and aesthetics, product testing and more.

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SvenTheTurkey gtotheunit91 (on 12 June 2021)

It's essentially a constant stream of planning and prototypes until a new console is ready. And they probably started on the new one as soon as the series went into production.

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hiccupthehuman (on 10 June 2021)

Anyone think a portable Xbox would be perfect for cloud gaming? Xbox Series P perhaps?

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shikamaru317 hiccupthehuman (on 10 June 2021)

I think it would be smart for MS to make one personally, doesn't need a super powerful chipset or big storage if it's Cloud based, so they can put most of the design money into a good screen and 5G capability.

But if Xbox decides not to make an official portable Xbox, you can basically make your own portable Xbox by buying a cheaper smartphone and the Razer Kishi mobile controller.

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Pemalite shikamaru317 (on 11 June 2021)

This. They could build a $200 handheld with only just a cheap A57 ARM SoC, 2GB of Ram and just use it as a dedicated shell for streaming... Whack in a 1440P OLED display and call it a day.

You still need some hardware to handle streaming, plus value add features like recording to the device and app support for things like Netflix... But any low-end trashy ARM SoC can do that job.

Microsoft's approach to gaming is hardware agnostic, so it baffles the mind why they haven't latched onto this potential opportunity.

And even if you don't wish to use cloud streaming... I have actually enjoyed streaming Series X games to my phone over my homes wireless network, it's low latency and high quality... But if I could have a dedicated device instead of wasting my phone battery (As I like to keep it as charged as possible incase there is an extended fire/rescue) that would be good.

...Or I could stop being a cheap ass and buy a second Series X and/or Playstation 5 for the bedroom.

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I've been saying this for years. It truly blows my mind that so many people think otherwise let alone MS itself. Handhelds are very far from obsolete and if the Switch is any indication of a viable way to sell consoles because it is, then wtf is the issue? Not to mention, it's absolutely a phenomenal way to remaster classics in a way that would feel fresh and appealing.

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DroidKnight (on 10 June 2021)

Nice to see they still have a focus on hardware.

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shikamaru317 (on 10 June 2021)

Expected. At the very least they are already working on mid-gen refresh hardware, be it smaller redesigns for Series S and X, or a 3rd "Pro" console. Very likely that they are working on a new controller alongside it, seeing as somebody from Xbox previously suggested that they might put some DualSense like features into a mid-gen refresh Xbox controller. And they may already be doing some preliminary work on their 10th gen console/consoles.

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ArtX (on 10 June 2021)

They should buy everything they can at once and release the Xbox Station: Series N

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KratosLives (on 12 June 2021)

microsoft getting ahead of themselves lately.

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S.Peelman (on 12 June 2021)

Obviously. I never understand why these statements need to exist, do people think hardware divisions sit around twiddling their thumbs for a couple years? Everyone’s working on their next system since before the current one released, and are even shelving ideas for the one after that.

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Podings (on 11 June 2021)

PlayStation as a brand saved the entirety of SONY as a corporation ten years back.
I'm not sure Xbox will ever be able to do the same for Microsoft, but it's nice that they're sticking with it. Keeps everyone on their toes.

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zero129 Podings (on 11 June 2021)

It upset your feelings bro that MS isnt leaving?

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Podings zero129 (on 14 June 2021)

More like it just continuously surprises me.

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Mr Puggsly (on 11 June 2021)

We need a more powerful Series console now! Target the elite gamers with a grand to blow.

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