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Xbox Boss Talks Partnership With AMD for ‘Future Platforms’ at CES 2019

During AMD’s keynote address at CES 2019, Microsoft’s head of gaming Phil Spencer came on stage and briefly discussed a partnership with AMD that would involve “future platforms.”

Speaking of AMD, Spencer said, “As we look forward to future platforms that we’re building and work that we’re doing, the partnerships and the innovations that we’ve seen in the past have led to what we’ve been able to do today, I think they’re going to be critically important to our future endeavors. I’m really looking forward to showing those to people more in the future.”

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While Spencer didn’t outright say that the next Xbox would use AMD technology, it seems highly likely AMD will supply the APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) for Microsoft’s next gaming box. After all, AMD provided semi-custom AMD APUs based on its Jaguar microarchitecture for Xbox One and Xbox One S while an upgraded version of this APU was used for  Xbox One X. AMD similarly supplies Sony with APUs for the PlayStation 4 family of consoles.

While no specifics for the next Xbox have been announced, Microsoft did reveal the same team that made Xbox One X is “deep into architecting the next Xbox consoles” during its E3 2018 press conference.

Microsoft and Sony\u0027s Next-Gen Consoles
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\r\n2018 brought with it the first real rumblings of Microsoft and Sony\u0027s plans for next-generation consoles. While both companies have acknowledged the existence of new hardware, the details and potential release dates are still heavily rumored.
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\r\nMicrosoft first officially mentioned its work on a new Xbox (or Xboxes) during its E3 2018 press conference, when Phil Spencer said it was \u0022deep into architecting the next Xbox consoles, where we will once again deliver on our commitment to deliver the benchmark of console gaming.\u0022 Shortly after, a report published by Thurrott claimed Microsoft\u0027s next-gen plans include a \u0022series of devices,\u0022 code-named \u0022Scarlett,\u0022 that are expected to launch in 2020.
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\r\nA subsequent report by Thurott, published in July, expanded on the Scarlett rumors. According to the report, Microsoft will release two consoles in 2020: a traditional piece of next-gen hardware and a cheaper, streaming-focused box.
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\r\nRumors about Sony\u0027s next-gen console, meanwhile, have been more scarce. The company\u0027s CEO, Kenichiro Yoshida, told the Financial Times next-generation hardware is \u0022necessary,\u0022 though he didn\u0027t comment on a potential name or any further details for what will likely become PlayStation 5. The FT report, however, claims Sony\u0027s next console \u0022might not represent a major departure from the PS4, and that the fundamental architecture would be similar.\u0022
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\r\nConsidering these rumors, and given the fact that November will mark PlayStation 4 and Xbox One\u0027s sixth year on the market, it\u0027s not too farfetched to believe we may get our first look at the ninth generation of consoles in 2019.”,”height”:720,”width”:1280,”url”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/01\/08\/next-gen-1546961028863.jpg”,”styleUrl”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/01\/08\/next-gen-1546961028863_{size}.jpg”,”credit”:””,”objectRelationName”:””,”objectRelationUrl”:””,”albumName”:”Big Video Game Rumors Going Into 2019″,”relativePosition”:”01″,”albumTotalCount”:10},{“caption”:”Nintendo Is Working on an Updated Switch
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\r\nBefore we\u0027re introduced to next-gen hardware, Nintendo may release a new version of its handheld-home console hybrid.
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\r\nAccording to a Wall Street Journal report, discussions have occurred within Nintendo about a Switch with, among other changes, an upgraded LCD display. The potential new Switch could be released in the back half of 2019, according to the paper\u0027s sources.”,”height”:720,”width”:1280,”url”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/01\/08\/switch-1546961028866.jpg”,”styleUrl”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/01\/08\/switch-1546961028866_{size}.jpg”,”credit”:””,”objectRelationName”:”Nintendo Switch”,”objectRelationUrl”:”\/games\/nintendo-switch”,”albumName”:”Big Video Game Rumors Going Into 2019″,”relativePosition”:”02″,”albumTotalCount”:10},{“caption”:”Microsoft Considering a Disc-less Xbox One
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\r\nSticking with the current generation, Microsoft is reportedly considering a disc-less version of Xbox One to be released in 2019.
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\r\nAccording to a report published by Thurrott, the removal of a disc drive would allow Microsoft to sell a variation of its Xbox One for $200 USD or less. The rumored SKU would reportedly be accompanied by a \u0022disc-to-digital\u0022 program, allowing current Xbox One owners to trade in their physical games at participating retailers for a digital download code.”,”height”:720,”width”:1280,”url”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/01\/08\/xboxonex-1546961028869.jpg”,”styleUrl”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/01\/08\/xboxonex-1546961028869_{size}.jpg”,”credit”:””,”objectRelationName”:”Nintendo Switch”,”objectRelationUrl”:”\/games\/nintendo-switch”,”albumName”:”Big Video Game Rumors Going Into 2019″,”relativePosition”:”03″,”albumTotalCount”:10},{“caption”:”A Harry Potter RPG Is in Development
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\r\nSupposed leaked gameplay from an unannounced Harry Potter RPG was posted online in October, sparking speculation and excitement from muggles across the internet.
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\r\nThe video was reportedly leaked by a Reddit user who was shown the gameplay as part of a mall survey group. The footage, which has since been taken down, showed the makings of a promising Wizarding World RPG, complete with character customization, Hogwarts houses, and familiar spells.
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\r\nThe legitimacy of the leak was corroborated by BBC News reporter Lizo Mzimba, who said the footage was from \u0022a yet to be announced RPG currently titled Harry Potter Magic Awakened.\u0022 While nothing about the potential game has been confirmed, it\u0027s rumored to be in development at Warner Bros.-owned Avalanche Software, makers of Disney Infinity.”,”height”:720,”width”:1280,”url”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/01\/08\/harrypotter-1546961028862.jpg”,”styleUrl”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/01\/08\/harrypotter-1546961028862_{size}.jpg”,”credit”:””,”objectRelationName”:”Harry Potter RPG Project”,”objectRelationUrl”:”\/games\/harry-potter-project”,”albumName”:”Big Video Game Rumors Going Into 2019″,”relativePosition”:”04″,”albumTotalCount”:10},{“caption”:”Rocksteady\u0027s Mysterious Next Game
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\r\nThere\u0027s been no shortage of speculation about what Rocksteady\u0027s been working on since it wrapped the Batman: Arkham trilogy in 2015.
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\r\nWhile the studio was long-rumored to be working on a Superman game, it shot down that speculation in late November, saying plainly its next game was \u0022not Superman.\u0022 With that rumor deflated, we\u0027re once again left without any clues as to what\u0027s next for Rocksteady.
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\r\nHowever, 2019 will mark the fourth year since the studio\u0027s last AAA release (not counting 2016\u0027s Batman: Arkham VR), making an announcement of what\u0027s to come fairly likely over the course of the next 12 months.”,”height”:720,”width”:1280,”url”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/01\/08\/rocksteady-1546961028864.jpg”,”styleUrl”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/01\/08\/rocksteady-1546961028864_{size}.jpg”,”credit”:””,”objectRelationName”:”Harry Potter RPG Project”,”objectRelationUrl”:”\/games\/harry-potter-project”,”albumName”:”Big Video Game Rumors Going Into 2019″,”relativePosition”:”05″,”albumTotalCount”:10},{“caption”:”Blizzard Is Developing Diablo 4 Under the Code Name \u0027Feris\u0027
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\r\nBlizzard has reportedly been working on the next mainline Diablo, under the code name \u0022Feris,\u0022 since 2016. While this remains a rumor, the information comes from Kotaku\u0027s Jason Schreier, who cites nearly a dozen current and former Blizzard employees in his report.
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\r\nThe rumored Diablo 4 wouldn\u0027t be released until 2020 at the earliest, according to the report, and would introduce \u0022light MMO elements\u0022 to the series. \u0022Embrace the darkness\u0022 is said to be one of the guiding principles within Blizzard for the game and its art direction.
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\r\nHopes for a new mainline Diablo are especially high after the reveal of Diablo: Immortal, a mobile-only spinoff, was met with severe fan backlash.”,”height”:720,”width”:1280,”url”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/01\/08\/diablo-1546961028859.jpg”,”styleUrl”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/01\/08\/diablo-1546961028859_{size}.jpg”,”credit”:””,”objectRelationName”:”Diablo 4″,”objectRelationUrl”:”\/games\/diablo-4″,”albumName”:”Big Video Game Rumors Going Into 2019″,”relativePosition”:”06″,”albumTotalCount”:10},{“caption”:”A New BioShock Is in the Works
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\r\nEarly last year, an in-depth report on Mafia 3 developer Hangar 13, again published by Kotaku\u0027s Jason Schreier, featured a hidden nugget about the future of BioShock: the series\u0027 next game is currently in development as a top-secret project code-named \u0022Parkside.\u0022
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\r\n2K Games parent company Take-Two Interactive previously called BioShock \u0022unquestionably a permanent franchise,\u0022 seemingly hinting at another entry in the beloved series, which hasn\u0027t seen a new release since BioShock Infinite in 2013. However, development on \u0022Parkside\u0022 was said to be in its early stages, making a 2019 announcement far from a sure thing.”,”height”:720,”width”:1280,”url”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/01\/08\/bioshock-1546961028854.jpg”,”styleUrl”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/01\/08\/bioshock-1546961028854_{size}.jpg”,”credit”:””,”objectRelationName”:”BioShock Next”,”objectRelationUrl”:”\/games\/bioshock-next”,”albumName”:”Big Video Game Rumors Going Into 2019″,”relativePosition”:”07″,”albumTotalCount”:10},{“caption”:”An Official Borderlands 3 Reveal
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\r\nFans are eagerly awaiting more news on another long-rumored 2K Games sequel, Borderlands 3. While confirmation of its existence came in 2016, developer Gearbox has yet to formally announce a title or reveal any official details about the next Borderlands.
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\r\nAt GDC 2017, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford showed off an early tech demo of the next Borderlands in Unreal Engine 4. However, as Pitchford stressed at the time, this was simply a tech demo and \u0022not a video game.\u0022 Six months later, Pitchford said 90% of Gearbox\u0027s development team was \u0022working on the thing I think most of you guys want us to be working on,\u0022 which many took to mean Borderlands 3.
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\r\nWith development seemingly in full swing on the next Borderlands, additional rumors, or perhaps an official reveal, are likely to come in 2019. However, it\u0027s worth noting 2K recently delayed a \u0022highly-anticipated title from one of 2K\u2019s biggest franchises\u0022 into 2020. That title remains unknown, but Borderlands 3 is as good a guess as any.”,”height”:720,”width”:1280,”url”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/01\/08\/borderlands3tech-1546961028857.jpg”,”styleUrl”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/01\/08\/borderlands3tech-1546961028857_{size}.jpg”,”credit”:””,”objectRelationName”:”Borderlands 3″,”objectRelationUrl”:”\/games\/borderlands-3″,”albumName”:”Big Video Game Rumors Going Into 2019″,”relativePosition”:”08″,”albumTotalCount”:10},{“caption”:”Microsoft Is Reviving Fable
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\r\nThe early weeks of 2018 provided us with one of the year\u0027s biggest rumors: a new Fable is in development at Forza Horizon developer Playground Games. The revival, which is reportedly still early on in development, is said to be a big-budget, character-focused RPG.
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\r\nIn 2017, Playground was hiring for a top-secret open-world action-RPG, which puts it in line with the rumored revival\u0027s description. Among Playground\u0027s key hires were developers who worked on Grand Theft Auto V, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Star Wars Battlefront 2, and Hellblade: Senua\u0027s Sacrifice.”,”height”:1080,”width”:1920,”url”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/01\/08\/fable-1546961028861.jpg”,”styleUrl”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/01\/08\/fable-1546961028861_{size}.jpg”,”credit”:””,”objectRelationName”:”Fable — Next Project”,”objectRelationUrl”:”\/games\/fable-next-project”,”albumName”:”Big Video Game Rumors Going Into 2019″,”relativePosition”:”09″,”albumTotalCount”:10},{“caption”:”Valve Is Creating Its Own VR Headset (and Half-Life VR Game)
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\r\nRumors of a Valve-developed VR headset resurfaced last year with leaked images of a potential prototype.
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\r\nPerhaps even more interesting than the headset itself is the accompanying rumor that Valve is developing a new Half-Life game for the headset. The potential VR game, which was first rumored in 2016, would reportedly be a prequel and mark the first new Half-Life release since 2007.”,”height”:622,”width”:1280,”url”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/01\/08\/valvevr-1546961028868.jpg”,”styleUrl”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/01\/08\/valvevr-1546961028868_{size}.jpg”,”credit”:””,”objectRelationName”:”Fable — Next Project”,”objectRelationUrl”:”\/games\/fable-next-project”,”albumName”:”Big Video Game Rumors Going Into 2019″,”relativePosition”:10,”albumTotalCount”:10}]’
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Rumors suggest the next Xbox run will actually be a family of devices codenamed Scarlet, with more recent rumors saying the two boxes are codenamed Anaconda and Lockhart. While one is set to be more affordable and the other intends to be a graphics powerhouse, both are expected to launch by holiday 2020. AMD also announced its Radeon VII GPU at CES 2019.

The reveal of a new Xbox and PlayStation are some of the biggest rumors going into 2019, though it’s up for debate when exactly PlayStation 5 should launch.

Colin Stevens is a news writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.