For a few hours now, many rumors have been evoking the existence of a third Microsoft console with the Xbox Series V. An intermediate console between the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S. What can we say about all the information that arrives from these last hours?
You know the expression that says, “Never two without three? “. What if Microsoft was on the verge of doing this with its next-gen consoles? After Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, could we see an Xbox Series V coming very soon? This is the latest crazy rumor that is starting to gain momentum on the web, and a first photo could even confirm all of this.
But is it really credible and above all possible? Why then did Microsoft not unveil the console at the same time as the S Series? Back on all the latest rumors and facts.
We would like to remind you that the objective of this dossier is to first go back to the whole of this affair, from its starting point to date. The idea is not to confirm or not the existence of the console. Secondly, we will make the link with the last few weeks and the latest Microsoft leaks to deduce whether these rumors are credible or not.
Another “Xbox Series”, Microsoft's in-between?
It is therefore just a few hours after the reveal of the Xbox Series S, that a rather crazy rumor begins to spread on the Net and in particular on Twitter. Microsoft is not preparing two, but three next-generation consoles. The Xbox Series X with its code name “Anaconda”. The Xbox Series S with its code name “Lockhart”. And finally, a third “Series”, the name of which is still unknown, which would respond to the code name “Edinburgh”.
This rumor arrives from September 8 through Jez Corden, namely the editor “Tech” specialized in particular in Windows and Xbox hardware. And it turns out that Jez, editor of the Windows Central site, the same people who leaked the name, release date and price of the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X before everyone else on the night of 7 to September 8. Right away, it brings a lot more credit.
A few hours later, it was Tom Warren, again him, the journalist from The Verge who was involved in most of the leaks around the Xbox Series S this summer and who approved many other leaks from fellow journalists. The latter posted a rather enigmatic tweet on the evening of September 8. The latter indicated that he was afraid to go to bed, for fear of missing Microsoft's takeover of Tik Tok or the reveal of their third console.
Of course, the tweet is shot in a very “second degree” way and it's pretty hard to see if Tom Warren is trolling the people talking about this third console. Or if it's a pretty hidden way of getting the message across and validating its existence.
The next day, after confirming the rumors and the price of the Xbox Series S as well as its release date, Microsoft confirms the Windows Central leaks around the Xbox Series X. The console is therefore also scheduled for November 10 at the price. of $ 499.
Microsoft will also confirm that the Xbox All Access is coming to 12 countries, including France. For those who missed the information, this is a very interesting program to finance the purchase of a new console over 24 months with a multitude of advantages (Game Pass Ultimate, EA Play, Xbox Live …) . More details in our dedicated article right here.
The next day, namely September 10, 2020, some sites specializing in video games and some big influencers unveil the prototypes of the next two Microsoft consoles in preview. We then witness a multitude of unboxing empty consoles, which do not work, but which represent a prototype of future machines in real size.
This is particularly the case of the Unbox Therapy chain which unveils the two prototypes to us. And some smart kids noticed the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S prototypes on the shipping carton had a different code name than the “final” versions.
We can thus see that:
- The Xbox Series X prototype is codenamed: Toledo.
-> Toledo is an American city in the state of Ohio.
- The prototype of the Xbox Series S is codenamed: Stockton
-> Stockton is an American city in the state of California
This therefore refers us to the code name “Edinburgh”, which would therefore be one of the code names for the “new Xbox Series”. While many immediately made the connection with Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, it could actually be the city of Edinburgh. An American city in the state of Indiana.
Thus, Toledo, Stockton and Edinburgh would be three code names for the prototypes of the three next-gen Microsoft consoles.
Finally, this morning, it is through the Twitter account Idle Sloth, an Irish game living in Canada which announces on its profile to be an insider (and which is followed in particular by Ina Gelbert, director of Xbox France), that we discover the famous Xbox Series V.
So of course, like all poor quality photos, it should be taken with very big tweezers. However, this once again adds an additional element to this rumor of a third console. Especially since new rumors arrived during the day.
Xbox Series V, the middle console
It would therefore be the Xbox Series V. Of course, we remind you, there is nothing official and this file aims to retrace the entire history of this incredible rumor before taking stock and see the credibility (or not) of these rumors.
During this day, new rumors arrived from all over the web. Famous forums used to leaks, twitter account from “insiders” and many others. Microsoft's third console would therefore be the Xbox Series V, and the latter would be offered at a price of $ 399.99 to align perfectly between the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S.
But it would not be an “Xbox Series X All Digital” as rumors suggested. It would actually be a real in-between console. The Xbox Series V would thus be thinner than the Xbox Series X, without a Blu-Ray drive, but also less powerful. However, the console would be more powerful than the Xbox Series S. Which justifies the difference of $ 100 between the three machines.
So, with the Xbox Series V, Microsoft would really be offering three different consoles at different prices and offering an Xbox All Access financing system again at different prices.
- The Xbox Series X is said to be the most powerful console from Microsoft and the market.
-> Price of $ 499.99
-> Xbox All Access at $ 35 per month.
- The Xbox Series V would be the middle console, All Digital, and less powerful than the Series X, while being more powerful than the Series S.
-> Price of $ 399.99
-> Xbox All Access at $ 30 per month.
- The Xbox Series S would therefore be Microsoft's latest next-gen console. A “mid-gen” All Digital console, less powerful than the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series V and not allowing 4K.
-> Price $ 299.99
-> Xbox All Access at $ 25 per month.
And according to rumors, if Microsoft has still not unveiled the machine, it is simply to strike a blow after the announcement of the price and the release date of the PlayStation 5 as well as the PS5 Digital Edition. This would therefore be part of the “huge announcements” that the various “senior executives” of Microsoft have been talking about for several weeks.
The Series V, a console that really exists?
After all this, it is difficult to have a clear opinion on the situation. Following its official announcement, Microsoft's next-gen will be launched in less than two months. Thus, it is difficult to imagine a third console to be announced in the coming weeks (especially since pre-orders will begin on September 22. It will therefore be necessary to announce the third console beforehand).
On the other hand, without the Windows Central leaks, Microsoft would probably not have disclosed all the information around the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S this week. Which leads us to think that Microsoft could have unveiled the Series V later, at the same time as the Series S. It would look like this:
|Consoles||Xbox Series X||Xbox Series V||Xbox Series S|
|Starting price||€ 499.99||€ 399.99||€ 299.99|
|Xbox All Access||$ 35 per month||$ 30 per month||$ 25 per month|
There have been so many leaks and rumors that have turned out to be true around Microsoft's next-gen that it is quite possible. As a reminder, the first rumors around an Xbox Series S without a drive and less powerful than the Series X had been poorly received and not really taken seriously. And yet.
The only downside is the August leaks around the Xbox Series S. Two completely crazy leaks left no doubt about the existence of the Microsoft console. Indeed, on the official packaging of a next-gen controller, it was possible to read that the controller was compatible for the Xbox Series X / S. Ditto a few weeks later with a promotional piece of Xbox Game Pass which once again mentioned the Xbox Series S. However, no trace of the Xbox Series V on the packaging of the controller or on the Game Pass booklet. In addition, it would be quite strange to see Microsoft's communication around backward compatibility and finally offer three next-gen consoles, only one with a disc player.
So, would the idea of a third console have germinated in Microsoft's head until very recently, like this summer, after the announcement of the PS5 Digital Edition? Or is it quite simply a pure fake that will never be confirmed… The answer belongs to the future and count on us to follow the matter very closely!
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