Xbox One New Model is Lightweight & Cheaper; Release Date in 2016?

An all-new Xbox One may be coming to town! Maybe.

GameSpot reports that Microsoft may be planning to release an all-new version of the Xbox One. The website cites Microsoft blogger Brad Sams who claims that he has learned from Microsoft sources of the company’s plan to release a more lightweight version of the gaming console.

In addition, the blogger was quoted by GameSpot in saying:

“I have heard from internal sources that the company is considering plans for a lightweight Xbox One that may only be for Windows store games and would compete with the Apple TV. But it’s not clear if these plans have been scrapped.”

Considering that — as per the report of IGN — Performance Designed Products was able to produce a quick charger for the Xbox One controller, it is not far-fetched that Microsoft will be able to release an upgrade of the unit.

According to IGN, the Super Charger is capable of fully charging an Xbox One in just under 60 seconds.

In terms of the Super Charger’s capability, PDP Chief Technology Officer Tom Roberts was quoted in saying:

“The Super Charger’s unique ability to recharge the Xbox One controller in just seconds reduces interruption in game play sessions – a full recharge during a quick break provides convenience to all gamers.”

Apart from the reports mentioned, Express also discussed rumors about Microsoft’s plans to take on a game-streaming project that will be similar to what Netflix and Amazon Prime offer in the online entertainment services aspect.

However, without any official confirmation from Microsoft itself, the potential lightweight Xbox One remains a rumor for now.

Still, GameSpot does not dismiss the fact that Microsoft has a history of producing updated versions of their consoles. The website recalls the Xbox 360 which got redesigns in 2007 (Elite model) and 2010 (a slimmed down version).

It remains to be seen whether a new Xbox One version will indeed come out in 2016.

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