We’ve seen a glut of killer games teased at E3 2018 and now we get some hardware news about the next generation of Xbox consoles. During a briefing at Electronic Entertainment Expo, Xbox boss Phil Spencer revealed that Microsoft is currently in development of a new gaming console and it should be available in 2020.
Spencer said Microsoft is “deep into architecting the next Xbox consoles where we will once again deliver on our commitment to set the benchmark for console gaming.” The project, which is codenamed “Scarlett,” is still in the early stages of development. Spencer offered no other details about the next-generation console.
On the same day that Spencer officially announced the upcoming video game console, he also teased a new Microsoft game-streaming service that will offer “console-quality” gaming on “any device.” The new service will reportedly rival Sony’s PlayStation Now and will try to build upon the sucess of multi-platform smash hits such as Fortnite and PUBG.
Spencer also praised Microsoft’s GamePass, the company’s $10 per month video game subscription service, and explained how he wants to help video game developers. “If you put a game in there and you have a business model in your game, that could work,” Spencer told Business Insider. “But also, if it’s a single-player game with a beginning, middle, and end, I need to build a business relationship with you so that you feel great about getting new customers for your franchise and also putting some money in your pocket for doing a deal with us. And we’re committed to all of that.”
You can watch Microsoft’s entire E3 2018 presentation and individual trailers for Halo Infinite, Fallout 76, Crackdown 3, Forza Horizon 4, and Kingdom Hearts III HERE.