New Xbox Hardware Teased For Gamescom [Update: Nope]
Microsoft is preparing for a German invasion.
Update: Perhaps unsurprisingly, Microsoft has amended its blog post to clarify just what it meant. Gone is the reference to "all-new Xbox hardware and accessories," and in its place is a promise of "new Xbox One bundles and accessories." Given that Xbox One X only launched last year and fact that a new console isn't expected for some time, this doesn't come as a major shock. Whether these bundles will be available worldwide or not remains to be seen, but whatever the case, we'll report back once Microsoft shares more. The original story follows.
Microsoft is preparing for Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, and has started to tease what we can expect out of the show. Among other surprises, the company is promising "new hardware and accessories" for Xbox. But don't get your hopes up for a massive console reveal just yet.
The tease comes from a Major Nelson blog post detailing the company's Gamescom plans. It will be hosting a live Inside Xbox show from the Xbox booth on Tuesday, August 21, which boasts "lots of news, all-new Xbox hardware and accessories, and features on upcoming titles that we can't wait to tell you more about and perhaps even a few surprises." It's doubtful the company would out the successor to the Xbox One X this way, so set your expectations around possible hardware revisions or controllers.
The post also teases that Gamescom will feature demos of Forza Horizon 4, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, plus the first playable demos of State of Decay 2's Daybreak Pack and a new mode for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.
Last year, Microsoft's Gamescom presentation included a special Minecraft Xbox One X and a special "Project Scorpio" special edition that paid homage to the first Xbox.