A reported Xbox Series X leak seems to showcase the console’s ports.
The images first appeared on NeoGAF and claimed to show the back of a prototype version of the Xbox One X. People were skeptical of their authenticity, but insiders from other sources have seemingly confirmed that these images do showcase what appears to be the real deal. Of course, the real deal in this instance refers to a prototype of the Xbox One X, so some of the details are subject to change.
So what do these pictures reveal? Not much. There’s a couple of USB-A ports, an ethernet port, an HDMI port, a power port, vents, and most of the other things that you’d expect to see in any modern console. On the surface, we don’t really learn more information about the Xbox One X from these photos than we either knew or could have reasonably guessed.
There are a couple of things about these photos that have caught people’s attention, though. First off, the exact functionality of that HDMI port in terms of its support and capabilities remains something of a mystery. It’s also worth noting that it’s an HDMI Out port and that there doesn’t seem to be an HDMI In port on this particular model. Furthermore, there’s a mysterious port on the back of this model that doesn’t seem to match any know peripherals. Early information suggests that this is currently being used for the purposes of diagnostics and that it won’t be featured on the final console.
The long and short of it is that this information does little to confirm or deny whether any of our most requested Xbox Series X features will make it to the final build.
In any case, the fact that people are going crazy over these photos is probably a good indication that it’s time to fully-reveal the consoles themselves. We suspect that Microsoft will do so at E3 2020, but with Sony skipping that show, it’s really anyone’s guess when they’ll eventually showcase the PS5.
Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014.