During the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase at E3 2021, Microsoft unveiled plans to release a tiny fridge inspired by their Xbox Series X system. The impending appliance is based on a series of jokes that compared Microsoft’s next console’s towering all-black appearance to a refrigerator after its unveiling. The device will be available for purchase by the general public later this year, however pricing has yet to be determined.
The earliest mentions of an Xbox Series X fridge surfaced in the aftermath of its 2019 reveal at The Game Awards, with a tweet from Windows Central Gaming among the first modified photos that quickly went throughout the internet.
Later, Microsoft joined in on the joke, gifting Snoop Dogg and online celebrity iJustine bespoke full-size refrigerators. A further collaboration with ZOA, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s energy drink business, resulted in a limited number of Xbox mini-fridges.
At the tail end of their E3 speech, Microsoft revealed public availability with a dedicated trailer that included allusions to “Xbox Velocity Cooling Architecture,” a nod to the Xbox Velocity Architecture that was crucial to the design of Xbox Series X. After winning a Twitter-hosted brand contest in April, the company teased intentions for the first time.
While the Xbox Mini Fridge won’t be able to play any of the top Xbox games, it will keep your drinks chilled. Let’s hope the Xbox Series S boombox arrives in time for the 2022 holiday season.
The little fridge, like Halo Infinite, is described as being large enough to keep at least nine cans of your favorite beverage cold, and it will debut in “Holiday 2021” at an indeterminate time.
Additionally, the size of an Xbox Series X is far too small compared to other mini fridges. Even the Xbox Mini Fridge’s reveal trailer shows it only holding a measly 10 cans. Gamers are all too familiar with how misleading flashy E3 presentations can be, so it may be best to wait for the Xbox Mini Fridge gameplay reveal, or even some reviews, before deciding whether or not to purchase.
With a bright Xbox insignia in the upper left-hand corner, the prototype unit in the trailer has a black exterior over an inside compartment painted in the obnoxious neon green that used to be the Xbox’s hallmark color. It also has the Series X’s speaker-style vents on top, while the refrigerator’s are purely decorative.
We previously knew the fantastic-looking Mini Fridge would be released later this year, but now we know it won’t be limited to the US (as many might have assumed). While we don’t have all the specifics yet, such as cost or exact availability, it appears like the Xbox Mini Fridge will be available in more countries.
However, the refrigeration industry is uncharted area for Microsoft, and early indications suggest that the Mini Fridge will be iced by its competition. Although it’s unclear how many teraflops the average smart fridge can handle, the Mini Fridge looks to have no computational capacity at all, which is a strange choice for a company that is leading the way in fridge gaming with Xbox Game Pass.