It’s just a matter of few days from now when Microsoft launched the Xbox One in thirteen major markets, and now yet another console from Redmond is reportedly in works.
According to DigiTimes, Microsoft is preparing another Xbox One model, which is likely to arrive in stores during the first quarter of 2014. The Asian’s website has learned the information from Taiwanese suppliers, who are the chosen one for the production of the console, were asked to finish the production of new Xbox One as early as the first quarter of next year.
Presumably, the console could debut by the end of March. Lately, Microsoft also asked the supply chain to start massive production by 1 million units per month, in prior to the Xbox One launch, in the last quarter.
At the moment, we don’t know much about the differences between the console and the unit already on sale. However, it may be a hardware revision or a slim version of the current model, although the latter seems unlikely since it would be too soon. Please note that Microsoft is currently facing some hardware issues that are afflicting several units of the Xbox One, related to Blu-Ray player.
Microsoft has also acknowledged the problem with disk drive and said this problem is confined to a small group of gamers. In some cases, when we insert the disk in drive, it starts making loud noises and sometimes it’s not even reading discs.
In related issue, Microsoft said, “We’re working directly with those affected to get a replacement console to them as soon as possible through our advance exchange program. Rest assured, we are taking care of our customers. While a replacement console is on its way, we want to ensure our advance exchange customers can stay in the game. We will provide each of them with a free digital download of one of the launch titles published by Microsoft Studios.”
Though Microsoft hasn’t given any comments on the rumor of new console, the sources say “the new version of Xbox One” might be more expensive than the model on sale from November 22, which has already surpassed its predecessor “day-one” sales record and available for $499.