Sorry, Microsoft is Not Planning an Xbox One Mini
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it appears that Microsoft is NOT planning to release a slimmer, smaller model of its Xbox One video gaming system.
Rumors about a possible Xbox One Mini first appeared on the Chinese blog WPDang, which alleged that Microsoft was going to release a slimmer version of its next-gen console later this year. WPDang had made several accurate predictions in the past, including those involving the Microsoft Windows smartphones the Lumia 940 and 940XL. The Verge confirmed these rumors, indicating that they were in fact true. However, it's safe to say that WPDang's predictions about the Xbox One Mini are entirely off base, because a company executive recently confirmed that Microsoft will not be producing this console variant.
Twitter user @av_xy tweeted the following message to Microsoft's Phil Spencer, who is the leader behind the video gaming division, "is the Xbox Micro rumor coming out in October a lie?,” to which Phil Spencer responded, “Not real.”
Could Spencer be trying to throw everyone off guard? That's a possibility, but let's take a few steps back to look at this from a different perspective. As a gamer, you're probably well aware of previous "slim" consoles. Both Sony and Microsoft have jumped on board to launch slim versions of their respective PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 video game consoles. Normally, though, the slim versions arrive during the third or fourth year of the console's release, allowing ample time for the companies to implement new hardware. But the Xbox One will be just two years old come November, so it's highly unlikely that Microsoft is planning to release a slim version just yet.
On the other hand, however, it's possible that Microsoft is trying to gain leverage on Sony by secretly working on a new Xbox One Slim. The PlayStation 4 has sold nearly twice the number of units as the Xbox One, so Microsoft has been working around the clock to try and one-up its competitor. This is apparent from the company's recent flip-flop decision to support backwards-compatible games with the Xbox One, meaning certain Xbox 360 titles will soon be able to run on the Xbox One.
Would you be interested in an Xbox One Mini? Let us know in the comments section below!