Looks Like the Xbox Series X Mystery Slot is for Expandable Memory

The image above of the Xbox Series X backside has been floating around for a couple of weeks. All the ports are self explanatory, except for the mysterious rectangular slot.

Initial reaction was this mystery slot was a debug port, specifically for prototype units, but perhaps this port has a consumer benefit. Some are speculating that this is for expandable high speed memory.

According to a poster on Thurrott.com:

Given that 1) the “debug port” on the Xbox Series X looks to be roughly 31mm x 4mm, 2) that a LinkedIn entry showed Phison’s PS5019-E19T controller being developed for or used by the Series X, 3) that Phison’s datasheet for that controller shows that it can be used in a CFExpress form factor, and that the dimensions of a Type B CFExpress card are 29.8mm x 3.8 mm… Do you think it’s possible that rather than having an internal non-replaceable NVMe-style SSD, they are using Compact Flash Express for the SSD so that you can expand in the future?

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So there you have it. I was hoping that this would be used for Kinect 2.0, but foiled again.

[Source: Thurrott.com]

Here’s Another Look of the Xbox Series X Derrière

More leaks of the the Xbox Series X backside have leaked online. The image above, showing various ports on a purported Series X prototype come by way of NeoGaf user CurryPanda.

As you can see, there’s an optical audio port, two USB A ports, an ethernet, power, and a single HDMI port. No HDMI pass-through for TV this time.

As reported by Thurrott, there’s also a visible barcode and serial number in the photo. Since Microsoft uses this information to track and assign these prototypes to specific people, someone is now in deep shit.

[Source: Thurrott]

Sony Ditches E3 Again, Microsoft Still Attending

Microsoft and Sony are both releasing new consoles this year. One would think that means both are going to go head to in at E3 2020. Well, you would be wrong. Sony, for the second year in a row, is passing on E3.

Sony confirmed with GameIndustry.biz that E3 is simply not their jam.

“After thorough evaluation SIE has decided not to participate in E3 2020… We have great respect for the ESA as an organization, but we do not feel the vision of E3 2020 is the right venue for what we are focused on this year.

“We will build upon our global events strategy in 2020 by participating in hundreds of consumer events across the globe. Our focus is on making sure fans feel part of the PlayStation family and have access to play their favorite content. We have a fantastic line up of titles coming to PlayStation 4, and with the upcoming launch of PlayStation 5, we are truly looking forward to a year of celebration with our fans.”

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Following this news, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer took to Twitter, to confirm that Microsoft is still attending.

The ESA, which organizes E3, posted their tepid response to Sony’s announcement on their website.

“E3 is a signature event celebrating the video game industry and showcasing the people, brands and innovations redefining entertainment loved by billions of people around the world. E3 2020 will be an exciting, high-energy show featuring new experiences, partners, exhibitor spaces, activations, and programming that will entertain new and veteran attendees alike. Exhibitor interest in our new activations is gaining the attention of brands that view E3 as a key opportunity to connect with video game fans worldwide.”

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E3 has been on a slow decline for years as the annual gaming trade show simply does not have the same allure to the big gaming companies. The big publishers and console makers have been dropping the show in favor of their own events for years.

Microsoft Promises Backwards and Forwards Compatibility in the Next Generation – At Least for Awhile

Xbox Game Studios head Matt Booty (hee hee) promises that Series X games will be playable on the Xbox One, at least for couple years.

In an interview with MCV, Booty (hee hee) promises that your Xbox One won’t be totally obsolete when the Series X is launched

“As our content comes out over the next year, two years, all of our games, sort of like PC, will play up and down that family of devices.

We want to make sure that if someone invests in Xbox between now and [Series X] that they feel that they made a good investment and that we’re committed to them with content.”

MCV

No doubt there is going to be a significant hit to visuals and framerate on these “forward compatible” games, but it’s cool that gamers will have the option.

[Source: MCV]

Take a Look at the Xbox Series X Backside, If That’s Your Thing

You probably heard about AMD’s big fuck up at CES early in the week when they showed an inaccurate render of Microsoft’s Xbox Series X. Someone surely donned ribbons of shame for that. Here’s a refresher in case you missed it:

Embarrassing SNAFU, Thurrott.com was apparently able to get the scoop on what actual ports will be on the Series X posterior.

Above are two high speed USB-A ports, an Ethernet port, an HDMI, optical audio, and a power input. There’s also an additional port that may be used for debugging, or maybe for some super double secret peripheral?

I really hope Microsoft releases more stuff soon, because we’re being reduced to talking about ports.

Ribbons of Shame

[Source: Thurrott.com]

Get Up Close and Personal with the Xbox Series X CPU

Microsoft’s Phil Spencer is having a good time apparently. He must be feeling pretty good about himself. What’s not to be proud of? He’s righted the Xbox ship and people are getting excited about the Series X. Also, if rumors turn out to be true, Microsoft’s next console is going to have the power edge against the PS5.

While gamers wait for more concrete information from Sony and Microsoft regarding their next generation consoles, Spencer updated his Twitter profile pic to an image of the Series X CPU (see above). There’s some interesting tidbits of information to be gleaned from this. Oh Spence, you cheeky monkey.

First off, we see that the chip is etched with the Project Scarlett code name. Microsoft did something similar when they launched the Xbox One X with Project Scorpion branding.

More tantalizing, is the 8K etching on the chip. We know that the Series X is going to be powerful, and again, if rumors are true, more powerful than the PS5, which may entail a premium cost. However, 8K is some serious power, considering that 4K sets only recently became cheap enough to be widely adopted.

I better start saving up for the next generation now, because I just may need to upgrade my TV now as well.

How much can I get for selling a kidney on the black market? Asking for a friend.

[Source: Twitter]

Microsoft Reveals the Xbox Series X

At last night’s 2019 Game Awards, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer finally revealed the Xbox Series X. I’m normally not impressed with a console’s form factor, since mine are usually kept in a cabinet, but this baby is damn fine. I may just keep this out in the open for all to take in the splendor of this black monolith.

Microsoft also showed of some of the new games slated for the Series X.

Now tt’s Sony’s turn to reveal what the PS5 looks like.

The Xbox Series X is slated for release Holiday 2020.

[Source: Microsoft]

Microsoft is Relaunching and Expanding Xbox All Access

Xbox All Access was one of the best deals that doesn’t get much attention. The all inclusive service essentially allows you to lease a console for a monthly fee. To sweeten the pot, you also get access to Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass. It really is a no brainer, but the concept is so foreign for console gamers that it doesn’t get much traction. In the end, it’s like getting a console if you sign up for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass.

I’m pretty open to new ways of gaming, jumping on to digital disruption very early, and even I was weary of “leasing” a console. However, Microsoft is sweetening the pot yet again.

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This is a crazy good deal, and I may sell my Xbox One X and use the funds to subsidize the cost of the program. Early adopters who are eyeballing Project Scarlett can upgrade after making 12 payments, provided you have good enough credit.

[Source: Microsoft]

Microsoft Announces That Xbox Exclusives Will Remain Exclusive to Xbox…What?

According to a Gamesindustry.biz post, Microsoft has no immediate plans to release exclusive Xbox games on other consoles. Instead, Microsoft will focus on its own platforms.

I’m a simple man, so perhaps I was confused by what ‘exclusive’ actually means.

Okay, so I’m not a total dumbass. Anyway in statement to Gamesindustry.biz, Microsoft did clarify:

“The past year has been an exciting time for us as we have more than doubled the internal creative teams making up Xbox Game Studios. As these new studios transitioned in, we were aware of some existing commitments to other platforms and will honor them. However, going forward these new studios will focus on making games for our platforms. We have no plans to further expand our exclusive first party games to other consoles. We continue to believe deeply in cross play and progression of games with the right flexibility for developers to insure a fair and fun experience.”

Gamesindustry.biz

Microsoft has been releasing titles like Ori and the Blind Forest on Switch as well as Minecraft on multiple platforms. A new generation of consoles is coming into view and Microsoft has been acquiring studios. I’m not surprised that Microsoft wants its investments supporting its own interests.

[Source: Gamesindustry.biz]

Phil Spencer Throws Water on the Concept of a Streaming Only Xbox – For Now

There has been a lot of speculation of what Microsoft has in store for the next generation. There’s rumors of multiple SKUs, with varying specs. There was even rumors of a streaming only next-gen Xbox powered by xCloud.

Well folks, according to Xbox boss Phil Spencer, there will be one SKU. In an interview with Gamespot, Spencer has confirmed that the team is “not working on a streaming-only console right now…”

Spencer goes on to state that the team is looking to focus on xCloud as a gaming option on as many devices as possible.

“We have more compute devices around us than we’ve ever had, whether it’s your phone, a Surface Hub or an Xbox… The world where compute devices are gone and it’s all coming from the cloud just isn’t the world that we live in today.”

Gamespot

It’s all about giving you options apparently, for Microsoft. Game at home on a powerful console, or on the road via your phone or tablet, It’s an interesting plan, if Microsoft can deliver.

[Source: Gamespot]