Today industry experts are dissecting the latest leak in what appears to be a nonstop flood of confidential information exposing next-gen game consoles. A low-cost alternative from Microsoft could be offered this time around and is likely to release as a digital-only, xCloud-ready console with considerably weaker power than the Xbox Series X. Judging by TFlops alone, gamers are wondering if Xbox Series S is truly a “next-gen” console at all, a sign that the teraflop measurement standard may have outworn its usefulness.
Today we have been given further specifications of the next-gen Xbox Series X by Microsoft themselves. This news comes directly after a war on price has already begun between the two tech giants during which PS4 Pro is on sale (25% Off) and Xbox One X is on sale (40% Off) a skirmish which sets the tone for battle as Microsoft proves they are willing to eat more on hardware cost to gain monthly subscribers and heavy gamers who demand high specs.
To begin the revival of console wars, Xbox Series X ships with a 12 TFlop GPU by comparison to the rumored 9 TFlop GPU which PlayStation 5 houses. The cost to manufacture XSX is likely higher than that of the PS5 but their final retail price could both end up at $499 USD, the exact same price we predicted back in October, meaning PS4 can continue to be sold without too large of a price drop for a few years (long enough to surpass the PS2 as the highest selling console of all time).
However, this could also help Microsoft regain a lot of customers as they will be able to pitch the more powerful machine for the same cost, or even lower by gifting Xbox Game Pass, free games, controllers, and other bundles including even monthly financing payment options which Microsoft has utilized for Xbox One X.
Not to be confused with 2019’s most powerful gaming console Xbox One X, Microsoft has announced the next-generation Xbox which will release during the Holiday Season of 2020 (most likely mid-late November). Formerly known as Project Scarlet, it was revealed at The Game Awards 2019 that Microsoft’s next-gen system is called Xbox Series X. We also now know exactly what the console looks like, some knowledge of its target capabilities / specs, and the nature of the design behind it as well as a hype trailer.
In an upcoming teaser for GDC 2019, the Game Developers Conference trade show / expo which annually consists of a 5 day gathering for the game industry’s best and brightest, it has been revealed that Microsoft will bring Xbox Live to the Nintendo Switch as well as mobile platforms. This was confirmed by Microsoft who has also recently brought their voice assistant AI Cortana to Amazon’s smart speaker and smart home line of products as a downloadable Alexa skill. These two moves are significant on their own but also signal a greater long-term strategy which could change the face of Xbox gaming forever.
With a full orchestra, dozens of world premieres, and world famous presenters from within the entertainment industries, The Game Awards 2018 took place in the Microsoft Theater (Los Angeles, California) and is one of the most digitally distributed products of all time and was streamed live in 4K HDR resolution as well as VR formats around the globe on more platforms than any other industry event or live awards show in history. In this article we will cover the play-by-play as well as provide coverage of the awards, world premiere announcements, game trailers, some commentary, and the full high definition replay footage of the event in case you missed the incredible ride.
Phil Spencer has been quoted as saying that “for a long time, Xbox was like the Garage of Microsoft”. His aim to re-invent the Xbox brand has begun to take shape behind-the-scenes, but will only truly be felt during the next-generation of consoles games. It takes time to make changes at major companies, Spencer inherited a mess from Don Mattrick whose infamous DRM scandal can be largely blamed for the deficit between PS4 and Xbox One this generation. Earning back the reputation of Xbox with gamers will take time. It also takes a long time for game studios to produce new games, and that’s a big part of what Phil Spencer has been initiating, exclusives for Xbox.