Were you excited to see the images of the forthcoming Xbox Series X console at this week’s CES 2020 event, which gave us another glimpse of the next-gen console, including the rear that revealed a number of its ports? Well, get ready to jump and roll off that hype train, because those very images were faked!
Following the Xbox Series X presentation, a spokesperson for AMD told The Verge that the imagery “was not sourced from Microsoft and does not accurately represent the design or features of the upcoming console,”
In-fact, the images used were taken from a popular asset website called Turbosquid.com, a website often used by students and budding indie developers. It’s certainly an odd situation, after all, it was an official presentation, so it makes little sense that official assets were not used, but at least this news has provided some humour for our day.
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At The Game Awards 2019, which highlights the video game successes of the year and announces future projects, Microsoft showed off its upcoming wares in the form of the Xbox X Series.
(Apparently Xbox has now back-pedalled from that name, stating the console is simply called “Xbox.” Because why not?)
One of the major concerns surrounding a new console launch is what will happen to a gamer’s currently library. With more and more people choosing cloud-based gaming that’s less of a problem than it was, but it gets even better for Xbox players. It’s now being reported that the upcoming Xbox will be fully backwards compatible on day one, meaning you can play any Xbox game already in your collection.
Currently, Microsoft is adding new titles to its list of backwards-compatible games that’ll run on your Xbox One, but there’ll be no waiting around when the next console launches. Thanks, Microsoft.
Speaking to Gamespot, Xbox boss Phil Spencer explained more: “We wanted to make sure we had that, day one, we could deliver on the compatibility promise, and so I’ve been playing quite a few [Xbox 360] games on my [Xbox Series X] and Xbox One games on the [Xbox Series X] and that’s just to ensure that we can be there day one.”
The Xbox X Series, a.k.a the Xbox, is expected to land during the holiday period of 2020. It’s been confirmed that Halo Infinite, the next game in Microsoft’s Halo series, will be a launch title.