Microsoft just delivered the Xbox One X less than a year ago, but that doesn’t mean the engineering teams have been sitting back and relaxing. On the contrary, they’re hard at work on building the next system(s?).
This little detail was mentioned by Xbox boss Phil Spencer during the final moments of the Xbox E3 2018 Briefing.
“Our hardware team—the same team that delivered unprecedented performance with Xbox One X is deep into architecting the next Xbox consoles.”
Really, this news isn’t all that surprising. Each console company is constantly working on developing new hardware, as these machines take quite some time to come together. But, what is surprising is that Spencer said “Xbox consoles“—as in, plural. This could possibly suggest that Microsoft is once again going to offer a dual-system format for the next generation of Xbox. That is, a base system (like the Xbox One S) and a premium model (like the Xbox One X). If they launch the next-gen Xbox with this format, it would definitely be a first. But, there’s a chance Spencer could have simply used the term “Xbox consoles” in a general manner, meaning that the platform as a whole will continue for the foreseeable future.
It’s currently unclear exactly when the next-generation of systems will come about. Again, the Xbox One X isn’t even a full year old yet. So, releasing a new Xbox next year would likely rub a lot of One X owners the wrong way. Thus, 2020 or 2021 would be much safer choices.