Court documents related to the case Federal Trade Commission opposite Microsoft The video game giant has revealed that it has plans for the next one Xbox From 2022. In a meeting with company officials, a senior official casually mentions plans to launch a new Xbox inside 2028Eight years after its launch, the next generation of consoles has been launched Xbox Series X/S.
It comes from court documents, which give us insight into long-term business plans Microsoft. Confirms that Microsoft There are no plans to extend this console generation, though its early years were marred by hardware shortages, multiple game delays, and other effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This 2028 launch window was mentioned by Anuj Gosalia, Corporate Vice President of Immersive Experience in a meeting. MicrosoftIn 2022. The way it is worded suggests that the concept has already been discussed.
“What is the plan for 2028 to maintain it [ilegible] As a model or to create a flexibility/capacity model WindowsGosalia said, addressed the meeting.
“We need to be more flexible going into the next generation, but also provide the ability for manufacturers to take advantage of the unique capabilities of the hardware,” responded Kevin Gammill, corporate vice president of gaming ecosystems.
For reference, we’re currently in the ninth generation of consoles, which includes Xbox Series X/S And PlayStation 5. Calling it a day after eight years would be consistent with previous generations, but it may still seem premature given this generation’s rocky start.
Both the latest Xbox models and PS5 They launched in late 2020 right in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic. While everyone at home was great at sales, it did little to help with hardware and software production. Parts shortages limit the stock of available consoles, making them notoriously hard to come by for months. Added to this is continued support for the older generation, Xbox One y PS4, and it is difficult to determine when the ninth generation actually began. Even in 2023, like the giant game Resident Evil 4 Remake They reached previous generations, and Star Wars Jedi: Survivor are scheduled to join later.
Despite this, it seems that we should not expect to see anything like these days Xbox 360, which had a surprisingly long life. And since, at least in hardware sales, Xbox This generation is losing sonyIt means he doesn’t want to prolong it any longer. Nintendo Do the same with Will beAfter all, and it is safe to say that success switch It was worth it.
Editor’s note: I don’t know if it’s age or the epidemic, but I feel like this generation has gotten away from me.