More rumors are popping up about Microsoft possibly launching a new Xbox console. The latest such report claims that the company has been testing many prototypes that could, or could not, be launched in the future.
Sources familiar with Microsoft's Xbox plans have revealed to The Verge that the company has been testing a variety of prototype Xbox devices. Some of the prototypes have been tested with upgraded components you'd use to improve the performance of a PC gaming rig. It's not clear if and when Microsoft intends to launch an upgraded Xbox One, but Phil Spencer has already hinted the company will "come out with new hardware capability during a generation" that supports existing and future titles. A new wireless chip could be just a small part of the optional hardware upgrades to the Xbox One that Microsoft is planning.
Recent FCC filings seem to hint that Microsoft might launch a slimmer version of the Xbox One, along with some kind of all-new device. These rumors come even as other reports claim Sony is planning to launch an upgraded version of its PlayStation 4 console. A story at Giant Bomb claims, via their own sources, that the "PS 4.5" has the code name Neo at Sony and that it will have upgraded CPUs, GPUs and memory inside compared to the current PlayStation 4.
Microsoft's Xbox head Phil Spencer seemed to hint earlier this year that the company could offer some kind of hardware upgrades for the Xbox One, but later seemed to backtrack. In a recent interview, he stated, "I'm not a big fan of Xbox One and a half."