Yesterday during AMD’s CES 2020 conference, the company showed off a render of Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox Series X console. Which we all thought we given an expanded look at the next-gen console. On it, you could see several ports such as USB, HDMI, and an S/PFID digital out port, which quickly was noticed by the internet. However, there’s one tiny problem with that render – it’s not legit render.
AMD just gave us a look at the rear of the Xbox Series X. It has ethernet, 2X USB-C and 2X HDMI pic.twitter.com/NV6y40ncGC
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) January 6, 2020
According to Microsoft, who’s working with AMD, that render wasn’t provided by Microsoft at all.
“The Xbox Series X imagery used during the AMD CES press conference was not sourced from Microsoft and does not accurately represent the design or features of the upcoming console,” explains an AMD spokesperson in a statement to The Verge. “They were taken from TurboSquid.com.”
Turbosquid is a popular 3D modeling website that provides assets for just about anything, including gaming consoles. At the time of this article, there are at least five different models for the Xbox One Series X on the website.
That said, AMD tried to pull a fast one on everyone, and more than likely angered Microsoft. But here’s what doesn’t make any sense to me. AMD is developing the chipset for the Xbox Series X (and PlayStation 5), why couldn’t Microsoft just provide actual images for the conference? To me, doing something like this would only sour the relationship between the two companies. It’s definitely odd, for sure.
At the very least, we now know we won’t get any concrete looks of the Xbox Series X until E3 2020 or perhaps the next Inside Xbox live stream.