Just to ensure there’s maximum confusion over the name, Microsoft has confirmed that their new console is back to being called Xbox.
Microsoft has attempted to clarify exactly what their next generation console is called and the answer is both simpler and more complicated than initially assumed.
A new console was announced last Friday at The Game Awards with the name Xbox Series X. There was no real explanation of what that meant but, as we theorised at the time, it’s only one particular model and the whole next gen line of consoles is called just ‘Xbox’.
‘The name we’re carrying forward to the next generation is simply Xbox,’ Microsoft told Business Insider, ‘And at The Game Awards you saw that name come to life through the Xbox Series X’.
‘Similar to what fans have seen with previous generations, the name ‘Xbox Series X’ allows room for additional consoles in the future, added Microsoft.
Multiple models of next gen Xbox have been rumoured for years, with tech specs leaking out earlier in the month.
It’s assumed that one of the new models will be called the Xbox Series S, which means the more expensive next gen Xbox will be out first – with the cheaper version following later.
That’s the opposite way to how things worked this generation, but it does make more sense as it’s usually only dedicated gamers that buy a console as soon as it comes out.
Microsoft hasn’t actually confirmed how powerful the Xbox Series X is in comparison to any other model though, or how much it will cost, so technically that’s just speculation.
Despite all the jokes, none of this is likely to be that confusing once Microsoft stop selling the Xbox One (which they’re certain to do very quickly) but it does make looking back at the history of the brand interesting, as the four consoles so far are now called Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Xbox.
But then Microsoft has often talked about breaking down the barriers between generations and, with the rise of streaming, this coming generation may be the last one in the traditional sense. And from there on out everything will be Xbox forever.
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