A New Xbox Series X Chip Is Reportedly in Development, Should Improve the Console’s Power Efficiency

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Microsoft’s Xbox Series X isn’t all that old yet, but the company is already working on a revised version of the SoC for its flagship gaming console. That’s according to journalist Brad Sams, who mentioned in a new video posted to his YouTube channel this week that he is “very confident” about a chip revision being in the works. Don’t expect the new Xbox Series X chip to deliver any improvements in terms of performance, however: Sams suggested that the upgrade likely has more to do with improving the console’s efficiency rather than how well it can run current and future games. The new chip could also allow for reduced manufacturing costs.

“I believe this is true. […] I know that Microsoft was working on revisions of the chip,” Sams said in his latest video on YouTube, touching upon topics such as a hybrid version of Windows and more. “Now, are we going to see performance improvements, are we going to see anything else? I do not believe so but Microsoft is always working on making cooler, more efficient chips because that lowers the cost of production.”

“I believe it is accurate that Microsoft is working on a smaller, more power-efficient chip,” he added. “That is, I’m very confident in that.”

Microsoft Reportedly Working On Smaller, More Power Efficient Series X Chip (Pure Xbox)

The Xbox Series X is a pretty beefy machine, not only in power but also in size. It’d make sense then, that a year and a half after launch, revisions may well be underway for a more efficient version of the console. According to a new report, that much is already happening.

Journalist Brad Sams discussed the topic on a recent video going over all things gaming and tech news. A viewer asked about Series X console revisions and Sams replied, saying he believes revisions are already being developed.

Now, we must note that at this stage, such a revision would likely be an internal one and the console’s exterior would remain unchanged. A slim console will likely arrive one day, but smaller internal revisions typically happen this early in a console’s life cycle.

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