Microsoft had quite the showcase this year, delivering games upon games onto us weary mortals. It was one of their best shows yet, despite not showing that many new IP exclusives. However, there was a little tidbit dropped by Xbox head Phil Spencer at the end of the conference. He said: “the same team that delivered unprecedented performance with Xbox One X is deep into architecting the next Xbox consoles, where we will once again deliver on our commitment to set the benchmark for console gaming.” It’s not too far of a stretch to assume he’s talking about a new Xbox coming soon in the future.
According to sources over at GameInformer, the codename for these new consoles is Scarlet, much the same as they had Scorpio as the title for the Xbox One X. I’m thinking this is the calling card that we’ll be seeing a new generation soon, but according to a chat with Eurogamer, Phil Spencer drove the point home that they’ll be focusing on making games that are playable now, also playable on future hardware.
This can mean many things. It may point us to the direction of another hardware upgrade, but I’m thinking more along the lines of a new generation console but with good backwards compatibility, able to play the whole library of Xbox One, 360 and original Xbox games. It’s still very early days and we’ll probably be waiting a couple of years before project Scarlet materialises, but it’s good to know that things are heading in some sort of direction.