Rumor: Microsoft experimenting with new Xbox prototypes0 Comments
It seems like the latest trend has been upgrading existing consoles. Sony is already making their move with the rumored NEO, and now it seems like Microsoft is following suit. According to The Verge, Microsoft is already testing “a variety of prototype Xbox devices.” What’s interesting is that one of the prototypes is a module that can be upgraded like a PC. "Some of the prototypes have been tested with upgraded components you'd use to improve the performance of a PC gaming rig," the report said. This seems to align with Xbox boss Phil Spencer’s comment on how the hardware manufacturer will “[eventually] come out with new hardware capability during a generation.”
That being said, Spencer also mentioned that Xbox fans won’t be receiving a console with minor upgrades. "I'm not a big fan of Xbox One and a half. If we're going to move forward, I want to move forward in big numbers," Spencer said recently. "For us, our box is doing well. It performs, it's reliable, the servers are doing well. If we're going to go forward with anything, like I said, I want it to be a really substantial change for people — an upgrade."
That’s not the only thing in the rumor mill for Microsoft’s console plans. According to NeoGAF member ekim, a new FCC filing hinted that the company is working on a new Xbox One wireless chip. Coincidentally, Microsoft’s FCC non-disclosure agreement ends on June 25, which is less than two weeks after their E3 briefing.
Microsoft Testing "Variety" of New Xbox Prototypes – Report, Gamespot