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New Xbox series: what to expect?

Much like what Microsoft has offered with the Xbox One and what is currently being done with most smartphones, it’s not uncommon to see mid-gen machines appear that give a small technological boost to the console lineup. So, it’s time to imagine what improvements and changes the new iteration of the Xbox Series can bring.

What to expect from the next Xbox series?

More storage space

First, we’d like to be able to take advantage of a little more storage space. If the Xbox Series X SSD benefits from a respectable 1TB size by removing space taken up by the OS, it’s the size of the S Series SSD that is causing problems, with only 500GB of free space. , including 136 GB reserved for the operating system.

So obviously it’s entirely possible to get a Seagate storage expansion card so you don’t have to ask questions anymore, but for the next Xbox series it would be preferable to use an SSD at least as efficient but with a storage capacity reaching at least one terabyte for a 100% dematerialized console and one and a half terabytes of data for a classic machine.

Indeed, modern games take up more and more space in our memory, such as Marvel’s Avengers and Call of Duty. In addition, Xbox Game Pass gives gamers unlimited access to a huge catalog of games, and running multiple games at the same time can quickly run out of storage on the console.

Productivity increase

In addition to storage, gamers can also look forward to a significant performance boost. Even if the current capacity of the Xbox Series is sufficient, it’s unthinkable that a new machine can be sold without a performance upgrade.

So it’s finally possible to enjoy 4K at 60fps without having to choose between classic Fidelity, Performance and other Performance RT modes. Whoever talks about a more powerful console also says, in addition to improved resolution and frequency, more details at the graphic level and increased display density: more NPCs, more vegetation, more visual effects. In short, more!

While current third-party games usually offer very clean visual rendering, Microsoft exclusives can come in and tap into the bowels of the machine to offer even more beautiful graphical slaps, like what competing with Uncharted 4 and God of War in their day, or Horizon could offer. Forbidden West and The Last Of Us Part II most recently. Thus, the emergence of a more powerful console will allow the know-how of the developers to be used to offer even more visually striking works.

The advent of ray tracing

In terms of ray tracing, again, the increased power of the new series could allow this technology to improve rendering and performance. So we could take advantage of more substantial and noticeable ray tracing without losing resolution or display frequency to take full advantage of it.

Many developers still neglect this technology too much because it is very resource intensive, so it can take advantage of this new machine to express itself clearly and further improve various lighting effects in search of realism.

However, in terms of technology, Microsoft may see fit to increase its efforts regarding the rendering of audio offered by its console by slightly improving the spatial distribution of audio in space as well as its mixing.

Slight design modification

In terms of the design and visual aspect of the machine, Xbox would certainly benefit by offering an even lighter and smaller console than the Xbox Series X, even if, we agree, we are still very far from the juggernaut that is the PS5 and the size of the Series S already small enough to fit almost anywhere.

In addition to reducing size and weight, the design can also be changed slightly, similar to what was done between the Xbox One and Xbox One X.

As with the efforts made to add many technologies, Microsoft should continue to work on ventilation and overheating of the machine. In its current form, the Xbox Series remain fairly quiet and don’t overheat too much, a point we’re obviously hoping to find on the next machine, perhaps with the addition of a new liquid cooling system.

Similarly, will the company decide to focus on one version of the Xbox Series, or will versions S and X be eligible for a new iteration? For our part, we would choose one model.

New controller

It would also be interesting to see the appearance of a USB port on the front of the console, combined with a controller that is finally battery-only!

In addition to that first improvement, the next Xbox Series controller could see its classic version, or at least its Elite version, come close to what DualSense offers with many features: adaptive triggers, haptic feedback, and more realistic vibrations. The appearance of a new model could allow further improvement in the ergonomics of the controller.

VR lens?

Always looking to expand its offering and offer something new, Xbox could just as easily compete with PlayStation by offering its own VR headset. While PSVR2, scheduled for next year, already seems quite technologically advanced, Microsoft may want to take the plunge by offering its own hardware of this type. And then nothing prevents them, especially a bank account!

And the price then?

But despite our desires, our expectations and our hopes: an important element, perhaps the most important one, has yet to be resolved. In addition to the release date, which could be between the end of 2023 and the end of 2024, it is clear that the price will tip the balance of many players towards a potential purchase!

But then, would Microsoft follow the same logic as for the Xbox One X and offer the next Xbox series at a price equivalent to the Series X base price and thus stay below the symbolic €500 bar (at least for the model with disk drive)? Otherwise, the higher price may unfortunately turn some people off… What about marketing a new machine, knowing that some may still not be able to get an Xbox Series X due to lack of stock?

Feel free to tell us what you think about all this and what are your expectations and wishes for the future Microsoft console?

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