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Rumours this week have led to claims Xbox could completely exit the hardware side of the video game business, and naturally, it's raised concerns amongst fans. It was believed employees of Microsoft's gaming division might have also been left in the dark at one point, but it seems not based on the latest update.

According to journalist Shannon Liao, Xbox's team held an "internal Tuesday townhall" where Microsoft's Gaming CEO Phil Spencer informed employees there are "no plans" to abandon consoles. Hardware and Xbox will apparently remain "part of a strategy" with "multiple kinds of devices" going forward, according to Liao. Here's exactly what she had to say:

"The company held an internal Tuesday townhall where Spencer told employees that there were no plans to stop making consoles, and that Xboxes would continue to be part of a strategy that involves multiple kinds of devices. Xbox did not immediately return a request for comment."

This potentially connects to some rumours earlier this month, when Windows Central's Jez Corden claimed Xbox had supposedly "greenlit several new hardware projects" in recent weeks. He also believes one device, in particular, is a handheld console. However, no other details have been shared.

Whatever the plans are going forward, all will (hopefully) be revealed next week when Phil Spencer and Microsoft share a business update on the future of Xbox. Earlier today, Insider Gaming's Tom Henderson suggested Xbox employees were "very surprised" about the extent of the latest rumours, and believes nothing is "set in stone" apart from a few games going to other platforms.

Could you see Xbox exiting the console market at any point in the future? What do you want to hear at the business update event next week? Leave a comment below.