Microsoft is believed to be working on a new upgraded version of Xbox One that will feature considerable improvements over the current model.
The new upgraded Xbox One will be considerably improved and can be summed up from the recent disclosure of Microsoft’s Xbox chief Phil Spencer, who made his stand clear that he is looking for substantial upgrades over the current Xbox One.
“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,” said Spencer. “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.”
Spencer is referring to rumors of Sony also working on a new version of PlayStation 4 that’s likely to be named PS4.5.
Details obviously aren’t forthcoming at the moment though speculation is rife that the sort of upgrade that Spencer is hinting at could include support for virtual reality or maybe even HoloLens AR headsets.
Microsoft is also reported to have made several filings with the FCC, which includes a new Xbox One wireless chip, claims NeoGAF member ekim. Microsoft does have a Non-disclosure agreement with the FCC that has prevented the latter from offering any specific details including images. The agreement is valid till June 25 which covers the E3 event this year. What this means is that Microsoft might go for the launch of the new Xbox One at the E3 itself.
Meanwhile, FCC’s Brazilian counterpart, Anatel which isn’t too concerned about NDA has already leaked an image believed to be that of the wireless chipset of the new Xbox One. Yahoo, however, claims the new version of the console could be termed Xbox One Slim and will be a sleeker version of the current models that consumes less power, besides being quieter and cooler as well. The disk drive too might be done away with though that again is speculation at best.
In another related news, Xbox One sales failed to make it to beyond 20m, claims chief financial officer of EA. Compare that to the 35.9m PS4 consoles that Sony has sold which makes it amply clear just how popular Sony’s console has grown to be.