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New Xbox All-Digital Console Launching This Year -- Report

It's not a mid-gen refresh, but it is (reportedly) a new disc-free Xbox Series X console with an all-white finish.


New images have emerged of what appears to be a brand-new Xbox Series X console model. The leaked pictures show a white Xbox Series X with a similar design to the current model, but no disc drive. The shade of white also appears to be the same as the one used on the Xbox Series S console--and the one-off model seen in a 2022 Logitech advert--and it has been claimed that this version has a few minor hardware upgrades.

According to Exputer, the console comes with an improved heatsink, could be priced at $50-$100 less than the current $499 Xbox Series X console, and may launch in June or July. Microsoft hasn't commented on this leak, but The Verge corroborated these claims by saying that it has seen additional documents suggesting the photos are the real deal.

Last year, leaked legal documents also revealed the apparent existence of a new cylindrical Xbox console as part of a mid-gen refresh strategy. Codenamed "Brooklin" and featuring an all-digital design, the documents showed a targeted release date of November 2024 and a $499 launch price. Recently, Xbox president Sarah Bond revealed how Microsoft is working on the next-gen Xbox and said it will be "the largest technical leap" ever seen in a hardware generation.

Outside of hardware, Microsoft appears to be changing its approach to the gaming business by releasing more of its first-party games on other platforms. Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer also spoke about how the company is attempting to create more open ecosystems on its hardware and how he'd like to see other storefronts like the Epic Games Store on Xbox in the future.

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