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A Mysterious Xbox Development Kit Has Appeared In The South Korean Database

by Low Boon ShenMarch 19, 2024
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A Mysterious Xbox Development Kit Has Appeared In The South Korean Database

South Korea’s National Radio Research Agency (RRA) is one of the common places where unpublicized devices may first be spotted, as it is a requirement for companies to submit device information on regulatory grounds. Recently, an unknown Xbox development console has appeared in the list, and it seemingly isn’t related to the current-gen consoles.

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Image: @XboxKoreanews (X/Twitter)

@KoreaXboxnews on X/Twitter has reported that the new Xbox dev kit (XDK) console was certified yesterday in RRA, which means it is now allowed to be operated within South Korea. The page alleges that this means Microsoft may soon distribute these devices to the local game developers – but the device in question has the model number 2089, which is unrelated to the Xbox Series X|S consoles that go by the number 188X (and was certified five months before the official release).

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The actual identity of this device has so far been anyone’s guess. However, in the massive leak that occurred last September amid Microsoft’s legal battle against FTC, the internal slides have referenced one of the mid-cycle refreshes codenamed ‘Brooklin’. Wccftech pointed out that a mid-cycle refresh “wouldn’t need a new dev kit,” though if we deduce the release timeline of Brooklin, which was targeting October this year, then this may be what we’re looking at.

Given that the Series X|S appeared on RRA five months before the release, the new Xbox device launching later this year is also a possibility. In any case, we should be able to hear about the new console in the coming weeks as developers get access to the latest hardware, where leaks more often than not will provide us a preview of what’s to come.

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