And this time it looks genuine.
The new images of the Xbox Series X housing have appeared online, which gives us our best indication of what type of input and output ports are located on the back of the machine. The HDMI input inherited from the TVTVTVTV era disappeared, replaced by a much more mundane arrangement of USB, Toslink, Ethernet ports and a curious unidentified mysterious port.
The images first appeared in NeoGAF, with the recognition that this is the real business that comes through Brad Samms of Thurrott, a site and an author well known for sources deeply embedded in Microsoft. Adding a little extra weight to the validity of this source is that a Twitter user, in a fun way, claimed the machine in his Microsoft account through clearly visible serial number.
With all this in mind, it is most likely that this is a genuine aspect of an Xbox Series X case from new angles rather than an elaborately fake 3D rendering or printing. We see more air intakes (although not as large as I imagined) along with a standard power input of figure eight, Ethernet input and USB ports & # 39; SuperSpeed & # 39; Dual, Toslink audio and an HDMI 2.1 output. There is also a Kensington lock too, for security conscious among us.
However, the nature of the port to the left of the HDMI output remains a mystery. Brad Samms suggests that it is a kind of diagnostic port that may not appear in the final hardware (this unit is clearly marked as a prototype). However, although it is pure speculation on our behalf, it would not surprise us at all if this eventually turns out to be an expandable storage bay for NVMe PCI Express drives, perhaps enclosed in some type of stick-type cartridge configuration, an idea raised by our John Linneman himself when the X Series was first presented.
The dimensions look good and would provide an easy-to-connect and use solution for a serious challenge posed by the shift to ultra-fast solid-state storage: in a world where games are now often more than 100 GB in size, how do you deliver ? A cost-effective console that is still capable of hosting an important collection of games? This could be the next generation iteration of the idea of the slot hard drive that we saw Microsoft explore with Xbox 360.
With the Xbox Series X hardware prototype now leaking in this way, hopefully we'll see something more official from Microsoft soon.