Xbox Series X

A lawsuit uncovered this week revealed Microsoft’s plans to redesign the Xbox Series X, dubbed “Lockhart” internally. As indicated in the same court documents, the company is also developing a portable gaming console.

Although specifics are limited, it appears to follow the design trend of current-gen handhelds like the Nintendo Switch and Steam Deck.

The release date is uncertain, but it’s likely to coincide with other Microsoft hardware releases, including the digital Xbox Series X and a cloud-based gaming device. It is clear that Microsoft’s goal is to increase sales and diversify its hardware offerings.

It is interesting to note that this move sets the stage for fierce competition in handheld consoles. It’s a big week for Sony as it launches PlayStation Portal, Nintendo has its successful hybrid Switch and its rumored successor, and Steam Deck is making waves.

Microsoft’s gaming software plans were also revealed in the leaked documents. Among the games coming out are remasters of beloved titles such as Fallout 3 and Oblivion, a new Doom title, and Dishonored 3.