Rumors that Xbox may be releasing a new console soon have resurfaced after a leaker posted a major clue online.
Gaming expert Nick Baker revealed on a podcast this week that Microsoft will be releasing Xbox-branded hardware this year.
Baker, the host of the Xbox Era Podcast said the new gear “falls into a different bucket than people are probably expecting.”
He added that he knew the hardware but couldn’t say more about it.
“All I’ve been told that I’m allowed to say is that this year … or should I say maybe sometime this year.
“There are a lot of things lately that are delaying things, be it the situation in Ukraine, still COVID problems, chip shortage, [and] all these things.
“So I’m not going to say it’s definitely going to happen this year, but I’ve been told it should be this year.”
He added: “Xbox currently has some hardware to show that they plan to show or will show that falls into a different bucket than people are likely expecting.”
Where Baker got his information from is unclear. Microsoft has not commented on the claims.
Baker’s comments sparked much speculation in the Xbox community online.
Some have recommended that a new console variant could be on the way.
This would likely take the form of a slightly updated version of the Xbox Series S, the entry-level console released in 2020.
The next-gen machine could get a slight performance boost to bring its performance closer to that of the larger and more expensive Xbox Series X.
It’s also possible that the hardware could take the form of a virtual reality headset.
Rival PlayStation already makes its own VR headsets, and Xbox has been said to be working on a version for years.
Fans are also speculating whether Microsoft will finally release an Xbox portable console, although that seems extremely unlikely.
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