After seeing only carefully rendered press shots, we now have two actual photos of the Xbox Series X: one of the front and one of the back.
The front looks much like the promotional shots we’ve already seen, with a disc slot, USB port, and a few status lights. But the back is actually the more interesting photo here, showing us what ports are available for plugging things into the Xbox and vice versa. There’s a pair of USB ports for accessories, an Ethernet port for wired internet, an HDMI output for your display of choice, a TOSlink port for optical audio connections, and a Kensington lock if you make your new console a little more theft-proof.
As for the more unusual ports, the one labelled with the Xbox symbol is almost certainly where the power supply goes in. But the long rectangular-shaped port in the middle of the bottom row is a mystery.
Some believe this port could be for a diagnostic tool, since this is a prototype console, while others are hoping it's a new proprietary port for Xbox to start selling memory expansions. Games are only getting larger in size, and the continuing growth of downloads means that adding extra gigabytes to your console may be a welcome feature for many gamers.
There’s also an opening towards the top of the back, which may be for opening the case. But this again could be just for the prototype model rather than for letting users root around in the Series X’s internal components.
While the Xbox Series X has already been officially revealed by Microsoft, there’s still a lot we don’t know about the new console, due for release at the end of 2020. If you want to get the best idea of what this console is and might be capable of, our Xbox Series X rumors page will run you through the basics and the latest news and leaks.
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Richard is based in London, covering news, reviews and how-tos for phones, tablets, gaming, and whatever else people need advice on. Following on from his MA in Magazine Journalism at the University of Sheffield, he's also written for WIRED U.K., The Register and Creative Bloq. When not at work, he's likely thinking about how to brew the perfect cup of specialty coffee.