The usual annual San Francisco demonstration is still going on. But there are already those who think they have identified a clue about the next moves of one of the majors, Microsoft to be precise. Visitors to the stands have in fact noticed how the Redmond company has exhibited the consoles produced up to now accompanied by a small luminous sign indicating the year of release. It so happens that Xbox One S and Xbox One X, placed next to the flagship One “and that’s it” are indicated as releases in 2016 and 2017.
However, there is something strange: there is an empty display case dominated by a bright question mark. No reference to Batman’s Riddler enemy though. That empty space seems intended to indicate the next game machine from Microsofteven more so when you consider that it is placed next to the Xbox Series Xthe current main machine, correctly approached to the year 2020.
Now: the one in the title is a hypothesis and not even among the most accredited but it is worth investigating. Certain, the empty space could be symbolic to indicate the will not to stop there. It would, in fact, be there. But we also know that Microsoft had a machine in store that was completely destined for the Cloud world. The console, codenamed Keystone, did not enjoy a real official reveal but was the subject of speculation until Phil Spencer “inadvertently” showed it in a photo with which he immortalized his office. A gesture that cost him the “swearing” of his social team.
The idea, Spencer said, had been temporarily put on hold. But nobody ever talked about cancellation. On the contrary, the internal tests – which involved the CEO himself – also seemed quite promising. Still another hypothesis, but which is more difficult to justify, is that Microsoft may be thinking of a midgen as done with One and derivatives and as it is rumored PlayStation may also do. An idea that is more difficult to validate as the space reserved for the empty display case does not seem directly connected to the one containing the “mother” Series X.
Curiosity, in the photo the little sister Series S is not visible in any way. Oversight, outright stance, or simple idea of wanting to maintain some aesthetic coherence since the other cars are all black in color and there isn’t a white car like the Series S in sight anywhere? Ok, here is overthinking. Even on Sunday I can’t turn off my brain.