New Xbox “console” coming in 2022? Fans go wild after leaker drops huge hint

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Rumors that Xbox could release a new console soon have resurfaced after a backer dropped a major hint online.

Speaking on a podcast this week, gaming expert Nick Baker revealed that Microsoft is releasing Xbox-branded hardware this year.

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Xbox reportedly working on new hardwareCredit: Microsoft/The Sun

Baker, who hosts the XboxEra podcast, said the new gear “falls into a different bucket than people probably expect.”

He added that he knew what the material was, but couldn’t say more about it.

“All I’ve been told I’m allowed to say is this year…or should I say maybe this year.

“There are a lot of things that are holding things up lately, whether it’s the situation in Ukraine, still COVID issues, chip shortages, [and] all that kind of stuff.

“So I’m not going to say it will definitely happen this year, but I’ve been told it should be this year.”

He added, “Xbox currently has material to show that it wants to show or is going to show that it falls into a different bucket than people probably expect.”

It is unclear where Baker got his information from. Microsoft has not commented on the allegations.

Baker’s comments sparked a lot of speculation from the Xbox community online.

Some have suggested that a new console variant could be on the way.

This would likely take the form of a slightly upgraded version of the Xbox Series S, the entry-level console released in 2020.

The next-gen machine could benefit from a slight spec upgrade to bring its performance closer to that of the larger and more expensive Xbox Series X.

It’s also possible that the hardware will take the form of a virtual reality headset.

Rival PlayStation is already making its own VR headsets and rumor has it that Xbox has been working on a version for years.

Fans are also speculating that Microsoft will finally release a handheld Xbox console, although that seems extremely unlikely.

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