Microsoft apparently has a schedule for the next Xbox. This was discussed in May 2022 in a meeting of executives such as CEO Satya Nadella, CFO Amy Hood and Head of Gaming Phil Spencer. Parts of the protocol came to light as part of the legal dispute between Microsoft and the US Federal Trade Commission.
Documents from the legal dispute between the FTC and Microsoft show that the Redmond company was planning a Next Xbox launch last year and was talking internally about a release date.
According to the documents, Microsoft appears to be working towards a launch of the next Xbox in 2028. Although the plans may have changed since then, the period mentioned was explicitly mentioned in a meeting in May 2022.
The meeting was attended by top company executives, including Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, CFO Amy Hood and Head of Gaming Phil Spencer, according to a statement Report from Axios emerges.
Parts of the minutes from the meeting were released as part of the legal dispute between Microsoft and the US Federal Trade Commission. The FTC had set itself the goal of stopping the Xbox manufacturer’s planned takeover of Activision Blizzard, but failed in court in its attempt to obtain an injunction.
This is not the first time that 2028 has been associated with a new Xbox: last year, Microsoft’s lawyers spoke to the British Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) about the possible timing of the introduction of new hardware. They announced that a new generation of consoles would not come onto the market until autumn 2028 at the earliest.
Deviation from the previous hardware model?
Interestingly, during the meeting with the gaming team, a Microsoft executive asked whether it would be possible to deviate from the fixed hardware specifications for the next Xbox console.
“One of the things consoles have been really great at is giving developers a clear platform goal. And (the game development kit) was really good at it,” said Anuj Gosalia, corporate vice president of immersive experiences, in the response.
The question also came up: “Is the plan for 2028 to maintain this (…) model or to push for a Windows-like model with flexibility/features?”
There was also a statement on this: “We have already started this journey with the Xbox One and Xbox One X and will continue it with the Series X/S,” said Kevin Gammill, Corporate Vice President of Gaming Ecosystems.
He continued: “We need to be even more flexible with the 10th generation, but also give developers the opportunity to take advantage of unique hardware capabilities.”
Upgrade Console: Not a priority for Microsoft
It is unclear whether Microsoft will release a more powerful version of the Xbox Series X in advance. In the summer, Phil Spencer said that a mid-cycle upgrade was not a priority for Microsoft.
“If we move into a console world where we have three or four closed ecosystems that upgrade their hardware every two years, then I ask myself: How does that help developers or players?” said Spencer.
He feels as if enormous complexity is now being imposed on developers and players in an area that was once much simpler and more reliable. “Maybe there is a different model for us,” the Xbox boss continued.