‘All-new Xbox hardware’ promised for Gamescom (it’s probably a gamepad)

Microsoft teases Xbox hardware reveal next month

A new Xbox Elite controller has been rumored for some time, and the availability of the current iteration has been spotty recently.

While no one was really expecting Microsoft to debut these new consoles at Gamescom next month, the phrase "Xbox hardware" is enough to pique anyone's interest.

You can tune in to the Inside Xbox stream from Gamescom in Cologne on August 21st at 7:30 AM PT / 10:30 AM ET on Mixer, Twitch, YouTube or on Xbox.com, where Microsoft will be streaming the show live.

Microsoft will introduce new Xbox hardware and accessories next month at the gamescom event in Germany.

Or rather it used to promise that.

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It sounds like new bundles are one the way.

Update: It appears that the wording was changed from Major Nelson's post and now says "new Xbox One bundles and accessories" over in the post on Xbox Wire.

The original is arguably the best joypad ever made, as well it should be given its exorbitant price tag. The new version will supposedly support USB-C charging and feature a variety of upgrades, including the option to swap between three profiles at will.

In the U.S., the Xbox One S 1TB Starter bundle including 3 months of Xbox game Pass, 3 months of Xbox live Gold and a free copy of the Rare Replay anthology was just $229.99. So, even though we don't have any new console announcements to look forward to, it sounds like Gamescom should still be a pretty good show for the Xbox brand.

This won't be the first time that Microsoft isn't organizing a press conference at Gamescom - back in 2016 the company also ditched its media briefing. And although there's the mention of "a few surprises" it's unclear whether they'll announce any major new AAA games.

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