Microsoft is allegedly gearing up to deliver on its promise for improved social features on the Xbox One. The company is also reportedly planning on releasing a white console, similar to the one created for Microsoft employees.

The Verge is reporting it has confirmed a leak referencing the new aesthetic option for the console. This will come at some point after Microsoft rolls out a dashboard update that will improve the social features on the Xbox One, improve usability, and tweak elements of the system.

Last generation, Microsoft began selling black as a second color for the Xbox 360 in April 2007, approximately a year and a half after the initial launch of two different models in white. The new model included the first functional update to the Xbox 360: the inclusion of an HDMI port. In 2010, Microsoft began selling the “slim” version of the Xbox 360, which features an internal hard drive.

[Source: The Verge]


Our Take
The March dashboard update would fall in line with Microsoft’s typical timing, and the rumored features are in step with what we’ve heard from Microsoft. A new color for the Xbox One wouldn’t be surprising either, but I don’t expect the company will roll out something that is functionally different until next year at the earliest.

The holidays are a terrible time to introduce a new model with different functionality. It’s confusing for consumers, and Microsoft knows this, as evidenced by the launch timing for the Elite and Slim units. It’s more likely that a new color will get bundled with a digital game or two for the holidays with no other material differences.