Microsoft believes the next generation of Xbox consoles will launch in 2028 at the earliest, recently published documents have revealed.
The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) recently published both Microsoft and Sony’s responses to the CMA’s Issues Statement surrounding Microsoft’s proposed $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard. In Microsoft’s filing, it has been revealed that the console maker believes the next generation of consoles will arrive in 2028 “at the very earliest.”
“The next new generation of consoles are not expected to be released before the fall of 2028 at the very earliest,” Microsoft says
The CMA is concerned that if the acquisition was to go through, Microsoft could gain an unfair advantage over Sony if Microsoft was to make Call of Duty exclusive to the Xbox platform and that the impact “on Sony may be particularly strong at the launch of the next generation of consoles when both new and existing users decide which console to buy.”
In response, Microsoft said, “The Parties do not dispute that some portion of gamers are likely to re-assess their console ownership at the start of a new generation. But they also note that this is an event that only occurs approximately every eight years. Indeed the next new generation of consoles are not expected to be released before the fall of 2028 at the very earliest.”
If this is indeed the case, the Xbox Series X|S and PS5 generation will last for eight years, one year longer than the previous Xbox One/PS4 generation of consoles. In that time, however, we could still see console refreshes, much like we did with the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro.
Elsewhere in these filings, Sony has said Microsoft’s public statements about the company keeping Call of Duty on PlayStation consoles “should be treated with extreme scepticism.” In a bid to convince the CMA, Microsoft has also claimed that Xbox Game Pass “does not have any market power.”
What are your thoughts on this, especially as there still seem to be issues getting a hold of Series X consoles in some parts of the world? Let us know down in the comments.