It’s only the first week of 2018, but we’re already looking forward to 2019, thanks to a recent rumor that may have revealed the launch window for the next Xbox.
YouTuber DreamcastGuy claims that a source inside Microsoft has revealed that the next Xbox is scheduled to launch sometime in 2019 and is internally referred to as the Xbox Two.
This rumor, if true, echoes previous accounts that the next Xbox is already in development and has a code name. Of course, the source of the previous rumor suggested that the next Xbox wouldn’t launch until after 2019.
However, if the next Xbox is launching in 2019, it’s likely because Microsoft wants to beat Sony to the punch, especially if the PlayStation 5 is launching in 2019 as some have predicted. As DreamcastGuy points out in his video, the Xbox 360 debuted a full year ahead of PlayStation 3 in North America, and is the only Xbox console thus far that has even come close to rivaling PlayStation’s sales. Considering the Xbox 360 sold about 84 million units, while the Xbox One is currently sitting at about 34 million according to VGChartz, it wouldn’t be too surprising for Microsoft to want to try to replicate its last-gen success with a head start against the competition.
That being said, Microsoft did just launch the Xbox One X back in November, meaning there would only be a two-year gap between its latest console iteration and a truly next-gen system, assuming the Xbox Two keeps with tradition and launches in the fall. However, Xbox executives have previously discussed the notion that the ordinary concept of console generations is dead, at least for its hardware development team, so it’s possible the Xbox we’ll supposedly be seeing in 2019 is another half-gen jump like the Xbox One X.
Source: Game Rant