The following information comes from the file “EX PX1022 Phil Spencer 101122.pdf”, attached to “PX7011 (Redacted).pdf.”
In a presentation titled “Gaming CSA – Strategy Review 2205 – Discussion Materials vFinal.pdf”, which was sent on May 5, 2022, Microsoft discussed its 2030 vision.
In an email from Microsoft General Manager David Hampton to the gaming leadership team, the attached presentation reveals the first information about Microsoft’s plans for the next generation of Xbox consoles, which it expects to launch in the calendar year 2028.
While Microsoft has historically focused on console first and foremost through its Xbox silicon approach, working largely independently with vertical alignment of hardware and software, it aims to achieve “full convergence” by calendar year 2028 when it launches its next generation of PCs. . hardware.
Each generation of Xbox has brought new innovations to Microsoft, such as Xbox Live Marketplace and Kinect in the Xbox 360 era, or Xbox Game Pass in the Xbox One era. For the next generation of Xbox, Microsoft expects its new innovations to be “hybrid cloud gaming” and “immersive gaming and app platforms.”
The company listed the following opportunities and challenges regarding the next generation of Xbox, including scalable hardware architecture, augmented reality and virtual reality, silicon performance and costs, and more.
Microsoft sees cohesive hybrid computing, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and having an open innovation platform as key enablers of its vision.
Microsoft’s vision is to “develop a next-generation hybrid gaming platform capable of leveraging the combined power of client and cloud to deliver deeper immersion and entirely new categories of gaming experiences.”
Among the potential specifications for the next-gen Xbox, Microsoft has not decided between an ARM64 or x64 (Zen 6) CPU, with a decision to be made by late calendar year 2022/early 2023. (Whether that decision has already been made is unclear – Presentation from early 2022.)