- Series X was lampooned on social media when its design was unveiled in 2019
- Fans said its long rectangular shape reminded them of the kitchen appliance
- Microsoft revealed a full-sized fridge in the style of Series X in a promo last year
- Now it's making a mini version of the fridge generally available this ChristmasIn a delightful self-parody, Microsoft has unveiled a mini fridge that resembles its new Xbox Series X.
Microsoft revealed the mini fridge in a mock unveiling video, featuring all the pomp and circumstance usually reserved for a new console.
'For the first time in Xbox history, a new system that leaves others cold – the world's most powerful mini fridge,' the video says.
The fridge is coming 'holiday 2021', according to Microsoft, meaning it should be available to buy as a Christmas gift, although pricing and release countries have not been announced. When Microsoft unveiled its Series X console in December 2019, fans were quick to notice its weird resemblance to the kitchen appliance, largely due to its stocky, rectangular shape and fan at the top.
One Twitter user, @MisaSasekage, said at the time: 'That new Xbox X looks like it's supposed to be a mini-fridge. Do you put games in it or water bottles.'
Another creatively Photoshopped an image of the Series X in a modern kitchen, where it actually looked pretty at home among the cupboards and kitchen hobs.
Then, in 2020, Microsoft revealed an actual full-sized fridge replica of the Series X, measuring about six feet tall and weighing 400 pounds.
The company offered the fridge to one lucky winner as part of a promotion on Twitter leading up to the Series X's release.
Now, Microsoft is offering a smaller version of this impressive mock-up as the perfect accompaniment to an hours-long gaming session.
The firm says it has 'velocity cooling architecture' – which likely means it keeps drinks cool when connected to a power supply.
From the promo video, MailOnline estimates that it can fit at least 10 330ml cans of your beverage of choice.
Series X is actually one of two consoles that make up Microsoft's fourth-generation Xbox range. Released on November 10 last year, the range consists of the Series X and slimmer, cheaper Series S.
The flagship Xbox Series X is priced at £449, while the compact version, the Xbox Series S, retails at £249.
Microsoft has said the Series X is the most powerful console it has ever made – featuring processing power twice that of the current generation Xbox One X.
The fourth generation Xbox consoles have backwards compatibility, which allows them to play games from older consoles.
The smaller, cheaper Series S offers another choice for consumers who don't want to shell out £449 for the Xbox Series X.
'Really the Series X is for the gamer who wants the ultimate gaming experience – the most immersive with the highest graphical fidelity on the world's most powerful console,' James Butcher, head of Xbox UK, said last year.