Xbox planning to launch another new console
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Microsoft could be planning to launch a new version of the Xbox Series X, that’ll remove one of its key features.
Despite lagging behind the PlayStation 5, the Xbox Series X/S consoles have performed quite well. Both are fine options for current-gen consoles, with the Series X being a powerhouse that can run games at 4K UHD for a slightly higher cost, whereas the Series S is the more affordable option for casual gamers.
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The consoles have also been bolstered by new exclusive games with the infamous example being Bethesda’s newest IP Starfield. The line-up of Xbox exclusives to expected to grow once the Activision-Blizzard deal goes through. Don’t worry though, Call Of Duty will reportedly remain a multi-platform franchise, with Xbox having no plans for the series other than bringing them to Xbox Game Pass
Following this, insiders are now claiming that Microsoft is currently working on a new console variant, that’ll combine the Xbox Series X’s power, with the Series S’ lack of a disc drive, presumably making a slightly cheaper console.
This rumour comes from the XboxEra Podcast, where, at the 2:05:27 mark, co-host Nick Baker claims to have heard about the console revision from "a couple of sources", and that it’ll be a “digital-only Series X, so no disk drive". He went on to say Xbox have plans for "other hardware in 2025" but didn’t go into details.
It’s not out of the question for Xbox to release a digital Series X, after all, it’s the most expensive option out of the two and removing the disc drive would make it slightly more affordable, without sacrificing power and performance.
That being said all of this is unsubstantiated rumour, so until Xbox make an official announcement, take it with a grain of salt.