Microsoft Is Testing New Xbox Prototypes

Microsoft Is Testing New Xbox Prototypes

A new Xbox One may be on the horizon, or at least a slim model of the existing system.

We already know that Sony is moving forward on an upgrade for the PlayStation 4, but rumors have pointed to Microsoft doing the same. Now The Verge's Tom Warren, who has a solid track record with Microsoft information, is reporting that Microsoft is testing a variety of Xbox device prototypes. Some of those prototypes have reportedly used upgraded components.

If Sony leads, will Microsoft follow?

This fits in with information found by NeoGAF user Ekim. They found Federal Communications Commission (FCC) applications for two new Xbox One models. The applications were for a new wireless chip for inclusion into both models. Model 1683 looks to a new version of the existing Xbox One hardware, due to the mention of the original Xbox One's user manual. Model 1682 doesn't reference the original manual, meaning it could be for a different device. Best guess is an Xbox One Slim and an upgraded model.

The FCC is under NDA for both models, with Model 1682's NDA ending on June 25 and Model 1683's ending on July 29. The June date would point to a potential E3 2016 reveal for any new hardware Microsoft has planned.

Xbox boss Phil Spencer previously shot down rumors that Microsoft would introduce an upgraded version of the Xbox One.

"I'm not a big fan of Xbox One and a half. If we're going to move forward, I want to move forward in big numbers," Spencer said at Microsoft's Build 2016 Developer Conference. "I don't know anything about any of the rumors that are out there, but I can understand other teams' motivations to do that. For us, our box is doing well. It performs, it's reliable, the servers are doing well. If we're going to go forward with anything, like I said, I want it to be a really substantial change for people – an upgrade."

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