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Microsoft explain why there won't be an Xbox Series X Pro

Richard Lee Breslin

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Microsoft explain why there won't be an Xbox Series X Pro

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It’s pretty much a given that tech giants will release multiple consoles for each generation, so could we expect an Xbox Series X Pro?

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Whether it’s Microsoft, Sony or Nintendo, the potential of having an improved version of a console for each generation is very likely. For example, we have seen at least two PlayStation consoles in a generation since the revised PSOne in 2000, which is why many expect to see a PS5 Pro sooner, rather than later.

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Following the launch of the Xbox 360, Microsoft has also released redesigned, often smaller consoles. The most recent console from Microsoft is the black Xbox Series S offering double the storage space over its predecessor. As for Nintendo, in October 2021, it released the Nintendo Switch OLED model.

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So seeing as we’re getting the new and improved Xbox Series S later this year, surely the Series X will also be getting something similar, right? Well, it doesn't seem likely. At least for the immediate future.

During a recent episode of the Digital Foundry Direct Weekly show, John Linneman explained that he was reportedly informed by Microsoft that the Xbox Series X is its mid-gen refresh. Basically, the Series X is the Pro console.

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Linneman said that Microsoft considered the Series S as the standard next-gen console, but jumped the queue and released the Series X early, instead of waiting two or three years. While we should not take this information as 100% fact, the guys at Digital Foundry know their stuff and are very well-informed, so I do trust their word.

Whether Microsoft still decides to release a new Xbox around the time that Sony might launch a PlayStation 5 Pro, remains to be seen. I guess, only time will tell.

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In related console news, Microsoft has finally decided to stop developing exclusive games for the Xbox One. Goodbye old friend, you have served us well.

Topics: Microsoft, Xbox, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X

Richard Lee Breslin
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