As 2015 winds down, everyone is looking forward to what 2016 might bring, and for Microsoft it could offer a new addition to its Xbox console family. A new rumor claims that the company is still thinking about launching a smaller Xbox that would just be for downloadable games.
The report comes from Petri, which notes that rumors of a similar device have popped up in the past, but that the "Xbox One lite" might still happen.
"I have heard from internal sources that the company is considering plans for a lightweight Xbox One that may only be for Windows store games and would compete with the Apple TV, but it's not clear if these plans have been scrapped. A similar device was rumored around the initial Xbox One launch and those plans were put on hold but this device is said to be from a similar vein. If this device does materialize, it will not launch until the second half of the year and have a much lower price-point than the Xbox One."
The article also notes a number of other possible hardware and software products that might be released by Microsoft in 2016. Many of these have already been reported, such as the "Redstone" feature updates for Windows 10 and the launch of the Microsoft HoloLens development kits in the first quarter of the year. It also talks about the rumors of the "Surface phone", which we have previously reported from our own sources is in the works at Microsoft. The effort is being handled by the same team that created the Surface and Surface Pro tablets, for a projected launch in the second half of 2016.