Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is planning a mid-generation refresh of its Xbox videogame consoles in time for the 2024 holiday season, according to documents it’s filing in its case against the Federal Trade Commission.
A product roadmap Microsoft has posted points to improvements to the Xbox Series X and Series S line including better power consumption, better storage and improved wireless technologies. But a new Series X would drop its physical disc drive (just as the Series S had), as the company pursues all-digital content delivery.
The projects code-named Brooklin and Ellewood would maintain current Series X and S pricing of $499 and $299 respectively, Bloomberg reported.
The moves would come ahead of a next-generation Xbox to come in 2028.
A mid-line upgrade to videogame consoles has become typical, with Nintendo’s (OTCPK:NTDOY) Switch serving as the key exception, largely unchanged since its 2017 launch. Microsoft and Sony (NYSE:SONY) rolled out their latest generation in 2020 but fought component supply constraints for some time afterward.
Meanwhile, the materials also show Microsoft considered buying console rival Nintendo (OTCPK:NTDOY) as recently as 2020, Bloomberg noted — but Xbox chief Phil Spencer didn’t think a hostile uphill battle to do the deal would be a “good move.”
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