- The next generation of Xbox console could come out in 2020, according to the journalist Brad Sams.
- It is apparently codenamed “Scarlett,” and it is described as a “family of devices.”
- Microsoft did not deny the report, and the company’s gaming boss, Phil Spencer, said this week that the company was “deep” into work on new Xbox consoles.
The next generation of Xbox console, codenamed “Scarlett,” could be released as early as 2020, according to the journalist Brad Sams, writing in the tech-news website Thurrott.
Sams says he was “tipped off” about the console and was then able to view documents that “highlighted several unannounced Microsoft products that are coming in the next two years.”
Though he was unspecific about these products, Sams said that rather than just being a single console, Scarlett was, in fact, a “family of devices,” hinting at multiple hardware releases to come from Microsoft.
Sams speculated that the Scarlett devices would be able to run current-generation games and would align with Microsoft’s planned game-streaming services.
Microsoft did not deny the report when contacted by Business Insider. “Our hardware teams are architecting the future of Xbox consoles and we will once again set the bench for console gaming,” a representative said. “This is a journey and we have nothing further to share at this time.”
At the gaming conference E3 this week, Microsoft’s executive president of gaming, Phil Spencer, said the company was “deep into architecturing the next Xbox consoles.” He added that cloud engineers were working on a “game-streaming network to unlock console gaming on any device.”
Microsoft’s latest console, the Xbox One X, was released in November. That device, however, isn’t considered next-generation, as it is essentially a more powerful 4K-capable version of the Xbox One, which was released in 2013.