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Xbox Series X prototype images leaked (and somebody’s going to be in trouble)

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The Xbox Series X is coming out later this year. We’ve seen a few target renders (including a fake one used by AMD) and later, a diagram showing the rear ports of the machine. Now, some leaked images of the Xbox Series X prototype – likely used for software development – have leaked all over social media (via NeoGAF).

While it would be easy to call these fake, based on the images shared by Windows Central, the idiot who shared them didn’t block out the serial number – and it registers as a valid hardware (with no name) on Microsoft’s product registration site. It also aligns perfectly with images of the hardware I’ve seen, but haven’t been able to share, so I’m sure the thing is legit. I’m also sure that because of the easily traceable serial number, that somebody will get fired. Ouch.

Anyway, as you can see, the Xbox Series X will have two SuperSpeed USB-A ports, one ethernet, a single HDMI port, optical audio, and a power connection. There is also a single front USB A port. There is also another port on the back that may be used for debugging – but nobody seems to know exactly what’s it’s for, and it may only feature on SDKs. It’s not deep enough to be for M.2 storage. The biggest difference between the TurboSquid Render used by AMD and the apparent actual hardware is that the Xbox Series X will only feature one HDMI port. That means you’ll no longer be able to use the Xbox to route through cable or satellite TV, or other media players or set-top boxes.

Anyway, remember that it is just a prototype, and that things may change before the retail release.

Last Updated: January 22, 2020

57 Comments

  1. Kromas

    January 22, 2020 at 08:15

    I am way more outraged at how the device is put on a highly static carpet (by the looks of it). PC gamers would hate this guy.

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    • Pariah

      January 22, 2020 at 08:15

      Or, you know. Not our problem if the person in question wants to risk his/her own device? Why expend the energy getting outraged at something that has literally 0 impact on our lives?

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      • Kromas

        January 22, 2020 at 08:15

        Cause this matters. The Verge PC building guide did not impact me either but I joined in on the social mob because the amount of system they could brake with such a bad guide was terrible.

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        • Pariah

          January 22, 2020 at 08:15

          This really does not matter. The box is enclosed. Not metal. Why would the closed box have problems with insulation? Wouldn’t that be a design flaw rather than any fault of the person who puts their console on the floor? Short answer is yes, it’d be a design flaw.

          But since any thoughts on that are 100% speculation and assumption based on nothing but a single image, they are all a waste of energy. End of discussion.

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          • Kromas

            January 22, 2020 at 08:15

            The ports are not insulated. But yeah I suppose.

          • Geoffrey Tim

            January 22, 2020 at 08:15

            I apologise to everybody else on the planet for pissing in Pariah’s cornflakes this morning.

          • Pariah

            January 22, 2020 at 08:15

            Shit. Is it that bad?

          • Original Heretic

            January 22, 2020 at 10:40

            Who knows, maybe he likes them that way?
            I ain’t judging.

    • Raptor Rants

      January 22, 2020 at 08:37

      Meh. Electronics are so well built nowadays with ESD protection that the chances of it going POOF thanks to some static is next to nothing.

      Fun fact, you can even have static discharge on a motherboard or GPU when building a PC system and chances are it will do nothing (No this is not an endorsement from me to try it. So if you want to build a pc, still do it right, just in case).

      But the chances of ESD causing a dead unit is practically 0. There’s bigger risk of frying it while plugging it in to a bad socket than leaving it on a carpet.

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      • Kromas

        January 22, 2020 at 08:42

        You can’t cause a fire by smoking next to a petrol pump either (proven by a few guys already) but I still don’t do it.

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        • Gavin Mannion

          January 22, 2020 at 09:00

          except you can

          just because people have done it and not caused a fire doesn’t mean it can’t cause a fire. I’d say it’s unlikely but HIGHLY dangerous anyway

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          • Kromas

            January 22, 2020 at 09:13

            Smoking a cigarette and lighting it is different. If you have an already lit smoke you are 100% safe.

          • Raptor Rants

            January 22, 2020 at 09:25

            not 100%. It’s possible to ignite a pool of spilled petrol. It’s just improbable.

            But you absolutely never should light a smoke anywhere near where there may be fumes to ignite. That’s asking for trouble.

            To play it safe I reckon the rule is a good rule anyway and should be followed. No smoking near petrol stations

          • Gavin Mannion

            January 22, 2020 at 09:25

            I’d say 99% safe… and add another 5% risk to the fact that people will think it’s perfectly safe then start lighting smokes next to the pump etc

          • Kromas

            January 22, 2020 at 09:25

          • Gavin Mannion

            January 22, 2020 at 09:25

            you know what’s more dramatic.. exploding in a ball of flames.. smoking is dangerous okay https://media1.giphy.com/media/3oKIPaRq9OzlOLZAVq/giphy.gif

          • Kromas

            January 22, 2020 at 11:33

            I want to stop but I am not a quitter. 😛

            That being said I have a thing coming up in a short while from now and I will stop smoking then.

        • Raptor Rants

          January 22, 2020 at 09:00

          Hehe. Yeah that rule is there to stop people from accidentally lighting actual fuel that’s maybe been spilled. But folks see it as “AK! You are going to blow up the petrol station by smoking here!”

          But unlike how that rule has been skewed over the years, ESD was a real problem back in the early days of PC. I killed a RAM kit thanks to ESD back when I was studying. Man those were bad times for PC builders.

          Nowadays you can work on a carpet, in a pair of socks, while rubbing a balloon on your head, shock the mobo and you know what will happen? More than likely nothing
          (Again, not an endorsement PC builders! There’s still a chance the ESD protection fails so don’t try this!)

          But yeah. Tech has come a long way.

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    • Hammersteyn

      January 23, 2020 at 15:41

      XD

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  2. RinceThis

    January 22, 2020 at 10:58

    And looks as fugly as the last one.

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  3. Luigi Provencher

    January 22, 2020 at 12:36

    That sucks that there’s only one HDMI port. I actually like that feature and use it often in between playing games.

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  4. HairyEwok

    January 22, 2020 at 08:32

    uhhh this guy knows that the serial number on that prototype is probably registered to a name. It won’t be hard to track who made the whoopsie. But hey, now people can relax and know how it looks and what ports the console has in the back. Next leaks will probably be the poor thing taken apart to show it’s inside to the tech savvy people who want to know what’s really going on inside it.

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  5. Mark Treloar

    January 22, 2020 at 14:07

    I doubt this is real. I mean do you really expect us to believe Microsoft managed to integrate the PSU on the first try?

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