The leak of confidential documents from Microsoft indicates that the company is planning to launch new versions of the Xbox Series X and Series S in 2024, delivering more powerful versions of the consoles. Furthermore, the next generation would arrive in 2027 using AMD Zen 6 APU architectures, with RDNA 5 graphics.
Microsoft’s launch roadmap for the next fiscal year points to two simultaneous launches for September 2024, with prices of US$299 and US$499. Codenamed Ellewood and Brooklin, the projects would be cross-generation versions of the Xbox Series X and Series S.
Problematic publishing policy
Even though many games are far from using the full potential of the Series powerful.
Therefore, Baldur’s Gate 3 It has not yet reached Microsoft consoles, as the Series S was initially unable to run split-screen multiplayer mode. This would limit an important part of the game experience, violating the terms of publication on the platform.
Apparently, Larian Studios has already addressed the issue and is preparing to bring Baldur’s Gate 3 for Xbox Series. However, the incident made it clear that this internal policy to launch games on Microsoft platforms creates a limitation on the generation due to the more modest hardware of the economic model.
With the arrival of an intermediate generation in September 2024, Microsoft is expected to raise the bar from Series S to Series X, or even to Project Ellewood, depending on its hardware. This would ensure that developers have more resources to work and release games simultaneously for the Xbox Series, PlayStation 5 and, who knows, even the Nintendo Switch 2.
This does not necessarily mean that the Xbox Series will no longer receive these titles. However, companies will have more time to optimize their games for the weaker console without resorting to delays due to a contract clause.