UPDATE: It appears that Xbox NeXt is not the name for a future Xbox console and instead was an old internal team name associated with Xbox One, Microsoft has told IGN.
“Xbox neXt was an old internal team name for a group that worked on releasing Xbox One and is not related to a future console,” a Microsoft spokesperson said. “We have nothing further to share.”
Original Story: There have been rumours circulating that Sony are planning to release an upgraded PlayStation 4 console however Microsoft have been quick to put out any rumours that an Xbox One and a half is in the works. However it seems that Microsoft may have a new Xbox console in development following the discovery of the “Xbox NeXt” in a visual designers LinkedIN profile.
The visual designer has been with Microsoft since 2006, having worked with Xbox since 2008. In his profile he is credited with working on all of Microsoft’s previous Xbox consoles so the addition of an “Xbox NeXt” to that list suggests that Microsoft are already planning ahead.
It seems unlikely that Xbox NeXt will be the name of the Xbox console which will succeed Xbox One, therefore it makes it more likely that Microsoft may be developing a better and more powerful Xbox One console. With Sony almost certainly creating a more powerful PlayStation 4 console, it would make sense that Microsoft would be looking to do the same with the Xbox One, especially given how much gaming has changed since the consoles launched back in 2013.
While Phil Spencer has denied rumours that an Xbox One and a half is in the pipeline, he hasn’t ruled out releasing a more powerful console but insisted that it would only be considered if it offered a “really substantial change for people – an upgrade.”
“I’m not a big fan of Xbox One and a half. If we’re going to move forward, I want to move forward in big numbers” stated Phil Spencer last week.
“I don’t know anything about any of the [PS4K] rumors that are out there, but I can understand other teams’ motivations to do that. For us, our box is doing well. It performs, it’s reliable, the servers are doing well. If we’re going to go forward with anything, like I said, I want it to be a really substantial change for people – an upgrade.”
We could get a reveal of the Xbox NeXt at E3 2016 along with an announcement from Sony regarding the PlayStation 4K.