During the Xbox E3 Conference, Xbox chief Phil Spencer rounded off the show with a mention of what's coming next from Xbox. He talked about services such as Cloud Gaming that will bring console quality gaming to all devices, but also pointed to new consoles. These new consoles, according to a number of reports, are codenamed "Scarlet".
PC Tech insider site, Thurrott.com ran a story claiming that it knew the codename for the consoles to be "Scarlet", but added that it didn't have any info on a release window. It's not just for one console, either, with Spencer and the reports mentioning a series of devices.
Game Informer also claims to have been told the codename for the next Xbox consoles is "Scarlet", with the info coming from multiple sources. The publication adds that the next generation "might be a very non-traditional upgrade". What that means remains to be seen.
The current Xbox One family of consoles features three main machines: Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X. It's not clear if we'll see a similar roll out of consoles next time around, with releases staggered, or if MS will deliver multiple options right out the gate. "Non-traditional" might suggest that Microsoft is looking into other types of console, and it would be foolish to think the platform holder hasn't noted the success of the Nintendo Switch.
It is somewhat interesting, and perhaps tells of how far along in the dev process Microsoft is with Scarlet, that Windows Central knew about the codename as far back as December 2017. In a 2018 predictions article, the site said that "Microsoft is working on a new Xbox product codenamed Scarlet".
Microsoft made a clear statement of intent during its Xbox E3 2018 conference, delivering news of five new Microsoft Studios (including the excellent Playground Games and Ninja Theory) and a commitment to improve the first-party offering in the years to come. This, alongside the confirmation that the company is onboard for another generation of consoles, makes the future look pretty exciting.
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