Almost all of Microsoft’s upcoming plans have allegedly been leaked thanks to a secret document revealed as a result of the FTC’s court battle against Microsoft. We’ve already reported on the Series X refresh that will launch next year as well as the Sony-inspired controller that will bring haptic feedback.
Well, it just doesn’t stop there as the document also explains how Microsoft plans to dethrone Sony and become the console market leader by fiscal year 2030. Just like with Windows, the plan is to plan a hybrid generation of consoles that leverage the power of consoles. Client and cloud.
While the current generation of consoles uses AMD’s APU powered by a Zen CPU and RDNA GPU, next-gen Xboxes will carry Arm64 with x64, the latter of which will be in the form of Zen 6 cores. In terms of GPUs, Microsoft plans to work with AMD to build Semi-optimized chip or use AMD’s Navi 5/RDNA 5.
Interestingly, according to the roadmap, the company may be currently working on its Arm64 approach:
The leak also suggests that the next-gen Xbox, due out in 2028, will have an Nvidia DLSS-like alternative. Although the project doesn’t have a name yet, the tech giant refers to it as a machine learning (ML) resolution and Microsoft says that ML and AI will be used to “optimize and accelerate game performance.” A dedicated NPU (Neural Processing Units) may do the heavy lifting for AI and ML tasks.
All of this will culminate in what the company refers to as “One Microsoft,” where it hopes for a “full convergence” of its ecosystem.
However, keep in mind that the document is from October 2022, so almost a year has passed since then, which means the plans have changed a bit. However, hardware upgrade cycles typically don’t change overnight because they require long-term commitments and strategies.