If this version of the Xbox One is indeed released, it won’t be until the last half of 2016. It’s entirely possible that this console could be released during Fall 2016 to capitalize on the holiday shopping season. Sams also notes that the price point of the console will be lower than the current Xbox One, which is now available for $350.
GameSpot reached out to Microsoft for a comment on this rumor to which they gave the standard “we do not comment on rumor or speculation” reply. However, as we all know, this sort of reply is usually given when a company doesn’t want to disclose information. If something along these lines wasn’t being worked on, Microsoft would have flat out denied this rumor.
One thing to note is that back in August, a Chinese blog also reported about Microsoft working on a slimmer console that was set to release in October. Xbox head Phil Spencer said that this rumor was “not real.” That was of course to the October release date, not that Microsoft isn’t working on an Xbox One Slim.
This is all obviously just a rumor at this point but it’s interesting nonetheless. Stay tuned for more on this as it develops.