AMD made quite a few interesting announcements during its CES press event yesterday, including new Ryzen 4000 mobile processors and the beastly 64-core Ryzen Threadripper 3990X. Some eagle-eyed viewers noticed that, when the company was talking about its partnership with Microsoft to develop the Xbox Series X, it showed off what appeared to be the ports that will be on the back of the console.
The company was quick to deny the affirmations, saying that the renders were taken from a stock footage website, and did not come from Microsoft. Now, to put an end to the speculation, Brad Sams of Thurrott.com has shed some light on the matter with information coming from internal sources at Microsoft. As usual, though, it's worth noting that this is the plan right now and that things could change in the months between now and the expected launch of the Xbox Series X.
According to the sources, the back of the console currently features two USB SuperSpeed Type-A ports, an HDMI port, Ethernet, optical audio, and a port for the power adapter. The report also mentions a port that could be there for debugging purposes, though there isn't unanimous confirmation on its purpose. The back of the console also features air intake vents. Meanwhile, there's another USB Type-A port on the front for easier access.
If the report holds true until the launch of the Xbox Series X, it's nothing that you wouldn't expect. Perhaps the most disappointing bit would be the absence of USB Type-C, seeing as the console will be in the market for a few years and the new connector is starting to become more widespread. Of course, ports could be changed or added before launch. The Xbox Series X is expected to arrive in the holiday season and promises major performance gains over its predecessor.