Microsoft’s newly announced next-generation console, Xbox Series X, had its formal unveiling during The Game Awards. As it turns out, the console’s name is actually only “Xbox.”
A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed this to Business Insider. The “Series X” is meant to mark the fact that Microsoft may release additional next-generation Xbox SKUs in the future.
“The name we’re carrying forward to the next generation is simply Xbox,” a spokesperson said. “And at The Game Awards you saw that name come to life through the Xbox Series X. Similar to what fans have seen with previous generations, the name ‘Xbox Series X’ allows room for additional consoles in the future.”
One of the rumours floating around is that Microsoft is also working on a less-power, disc-free version of the new Xbox under the codename “Lockhart.” However, Microsoft refused to be drawn into commenting on additional versions of the console coming down the line later.
“We’re excited to offer fans a glimpse at the next generation of gaming with Xbox Series X,” the spokesperson said. “But beyond that, we have nothing further to share.”
In our recent interview with Xbox boss Phil Spencer, he acknowledged that the new naming convention opens the door for additional versions of the system. “Obviously,” Spencer said, “in the name ‘Series X’, it gives us freedom to do other things with that name so that we can create descriptors when we need to.”
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