A new trademark filing by Microsoft seems to reveal the logo for the Xbox Series X, the tech giant’s upcoming next-gen console, which is due to release later this year. The trademark was filed on April 16 and it includes the rights to print this logo on consoles as well as keychains, jewelry, posters, calendars, books, backpacks, clothing, and plenty of other merchandise.
As far as the logo itself goes, it’s a bit of a departure from what Xbox fans might be used to. Compared to the Xbox 360 and Xbox One logos, the Xbox Series X logo is a very different approach, especially when it comes to the design of the “X” itself. Give it a look for yourself:
With Xbox taking a different approach than PlayStation when it comes to logos — Sony’s new console features a very familiar logo design, in fact — we’re left to wonder how else Microsoft’s new machine will stand apart from its competition. We’ve already seen the console’s specs, which include a powerful CPU and an impressive-sounding 12-teraflop GPU. On paper, it does look like the Xbox Series X might be slightly more powerful than the PlayStation 5, although the latter console’s beefier SSD is being touted as a real gamechanger for the industry.
Ultimately, the next console war will come down to the games, though. There aren’t many next-gen consoles confirmed at the moment, but Microsoft has already confirmed two big first-party releases for the Xbox Series X: Halo Infinite and Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II.
The highly-anticipated next installment in the Halo series is said to be a more open-world experience and a “soft reboot” of the franchise that takes it back to its roots. We haven’t seen much from the game besides a couple of cinematic trailers that tease Master Chief’s return to a Halo ring. While the game was on track to release this Holiday as a launch title for the Xbox Series X, it remains to be seen if delays across the entire games industry due to the coronavirus emergency will mean that the game — and the console itself — gets pushed back.
Third-party titles set for the Xbox Series X include People Can Fly’s loot shooter Outriders, the Gothic remake, the next-gen port of Cyberpunk 2077, and The Lord of the Rings: Gollum. These aren’t launch titles, but you’ll see them on the console down the line.
The Xbox Series X is out this holiday. In the meantime, we’ll keep you updated on the Xbox Series X as we learn more!