To everyone’s surprise, Microsoft announced its next-gen console last week during The Game Awards 2019 and it was called the Xbox Series X. It sparked some confusion in the industry but it seems that Microsoft wants to clarify that the upcoming next-gen console is just called “Xbox” and the “Series ABCXYZ” implies that the hardware will come in different models.
According to Business Insider who confirmed with a Microsoft representative that the Xbox Series X name is only specific to that version of the console.
Microsoft claims that the naming convention will allow for different variations of the next-gen console lineup. Anyone that has purchased a smartphone will be used to this situation. For example, Apple’s iPhone 11 range comes in a lower-end model and the higher-end “Pro” model. Microsoft could release a “Series Y” at the same time or at a later date to the “Series X” which may include better performance making it a “pro” model.
All Microsoft wants you to know is that the next-gen console is simply called “Xbox” and the model you buy will determine the “Series”. It is unclear whether or not Microsoft will release multiple “Xbox Series” consoles at the same time next year. Perhaps a top-of-the-range model and one without a disc drive? We will have to wait and see. However, we just hope the company keeps the tier system as simple as possible to avoid a “Ubisoft pre-order deluxe-super-hyped-ultimate” edition graph.
Catch up on the Series X reveal down below.