First look at Microsoft’s purported Xbox handheld via leaked FTC docs; Next gen Xbox in 2028 could use AMD Zen 6 or ARM with Navi 5 GPU and NPU

First look at Microsoft’s purported Xbox handheld via leaked FTC docs; Next gen Xbox in 2028 could use AMD Zen 6 or ARM with Navi 5 GPU and NPU

The slide also mentions something about “Thin OS”. It’s not clear what exactly Microsoft is referring to here, but this seems like a thin client OS that is just about capable of getting you on to the cloud.

Microsoft seems to be looking at bringing the Xbox to other form factors including a “Cloud Device” and a Steam Deck-style “Handheld”. While the prospect of using ARM with a “Thin OS” for these devices does make sense, it remains to be seen whether Microsoft would indeed go the ARM route.

And for that, Microsoft will inevitably have to custom design its own silicon. The company does have ARM chips, such as theSQ3in theSurface Pro 9but these are just rebadged Qualcomm Snapdragons.

We’ve known for some time that Microsoft isplanning to have in-house siliconat least on the server side, so it’s only a matter of time before the company looks at bringing that IP to gaming devices.

2028 is still a long time away, but Microsoft can be expected to debut thin-client and handheld hardware in the near future given the increasing popularity of devices like the Nintendo Switch, Steam Deck, and Asus ROG Ally.

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