Microsoft says the next-gen Xbox will be the 'biggest technological leap forward' for a new console generation


Microsoft shared new information about its plans for Xbox hardware in a special edition of the Official Xbox Podcast on Thursday, teasing the next-generation Xbox console and providing an update about its gaming business. While the company confirmed that four Xbox-exclusive games will launch on PS5 and Nintendo Switch, it reiterated its commitment to developing Xbox hardware and exclusive titles on the platform. In the podcast, Xbox president Sarah Bond said that Microsoft was focused on delivering the “biggest technological leap” for the next Xbox to the new console generation.

Bond also confirmed that fans can expect new Xbox hardware during the holiday season later this year – which is likely to be a refreshed mid-generation version of the rumored Xbox Series S/X console. “There are some exciting things coming to hardware that we're going to share this holiday. And we've also invested in the next-generation roadmap,” the Xbox president said. “And what we're really focused on is making the biggest technological leap you'll see in a hardware generation,” he said.

Xbox currently offers the Xbox Series

Last September, leaked court documents from the Federal Trade Commission's antitrust trial over Microsoft's acquisition of Activision-Blizzard revealed that the company was planning a mid-gen refresh for its Xbox Series Was making. It also includes concept images of upcoming Xbox hardware, along with the platform's roadmap for future releases.

According to leaked concept images, Microsoft's Xbox Series X consoles appear to have a cylindrical design and an upgraded 2TB of storage and will likely be priced at the same price as the Series X – $499, or Rs. Will remain intact. 54,990. The leaked documents claimed that 'Brooklyn' will be released sometime in October 2024. Apart from the console, Xbox is also planning to launch an advanced controller with gyro, haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, like PlayStation's DualSense controller.

In the podcast, where Bond was joined by Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer and Xbox Game Studios head Matt Booty, the Xbox president did not reveal a launch window for the next-generation Xbox console, but said Microsoft expects the next generation Xbox and PS6 will be coming. Launch in 2028, as also revealed by court documents from the FTC trial last June. “This term will, in any case, extend beyond the expected launch date of the next-generation console (in 2028),” the company said in the documents. The current generation of consoles – Xbox Series S/X and PS5 – were launched in 2020.

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