At last! The second article based on the big Microsoft leak is here!
This time it’s the turn of Microsoft’s roadmap and the next gen after Xbox Series X and Series S.
If you remember, a few days ago we wrote about Brooklyn, the new Xbox Series X “refresh” console planned for 2024, now it’s the turn of the next-gen. MS wants the generational change to come in 2028 with another revolution: a new Xbox hybrid console.
It seems that Nadella and Phil Spencer, among others, have already been talking about how to combine the power of the cloud and the client to offer unique experiences:
“Our vision: develop a next generation hybrid game platform capable of leveraging the combined power of the client and cloud to deliver deeper immersion and entirely new classes of game experiences.”
Thanks to this, the processing load would be carried on the player’s physical machine at home and on MS’s cloud servers. On an interesting technical note, this scenario would see the power of ARM and AMD’s x64s (Zen6) combined.
If you’re wondering if these practices are already being used, we can tell you they are. Flight Simulator is streaming from a 2-petabyte cloud instead of the local machine where the game is running.
In addition, Microsoft wants to use this technology to offer us many ways to enjoy its video game experience without having to buy -exclusively- a console.
The documents name a device that would be available for under $99 that would allow us to enjoy this new technology thanks to xCloud. Possibly a handheld device.
The new Sebille controller is also mentioned in the leaked roadmap, as it would be one of the cornerstones for accessing the Xbox ecosystem in a multitude of situations. As well, prototypes of mobile controllers and other options appear on the documents.
As you can see, MS wants us to be able to play its games wherever and however we are. And they want this for 2028.
For that, MS seems determined to diversify its hardware ecosystem in a compelling way to adapt it to our needs or situations.
In fact, and finishing with the article, the documents confirm that there is already a project funded to date based on a “Cloud Console (Keystone)”.
Stay tuned, there is still some juicy information to come in the next chapters!