Mi­crosoft teases its Xbox fu­ture

PROJECTS ‘SCAR­LETT’ AND ‘SCAR­LET CLOUD’ ARE THE COM­PANY’S NEW GAM­ING EN­DEAV­OURS.

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WHILE WE’RE SURE ‘Scar­let’ and ‘Scar­lett Cloud’ won’t be the names plas­tered across the boxes when they ap­pear on the shelves, it’s the best we’ve cur­rently got (just like Scor­pio be­fore it). De­spite the fact that the Xbox One X is still fairly new, it ap­pears that Mi­crosoft is al­ready mak­ing plans for its fu­ture, al­though we have yet to see any sub­stan­tial of­fi­cial an­nounce­ments made.

By all ac­counts, Project Scar­lett is the co­de­name for the next con­sole. In fact, at this year’s E3, Xbox Chief Phil Spencer hinted that the com­pany was work­ing on more than one: “Our hard­ware team is deep into de­vel­op­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of Xbox con­soles”. When this new hard­ware is set to land, how­ever, is any­one’s guess, so we’ll pre­dict 2020 to match with the ru­mours of the PS5. The Scar­lett Cloud — po­ten­tially the sec­ond con­sole that Spencer was re­fer­ring to and per­haps be­ing re­leased at the same time — could be a game stream­ing de­vice and sub­scrip­tion ser­vice. This light­weight sys­tem would rely on an ex­ter­nal gam­ing unit to pro­vide the pro­cess­ing and graph­i­cal power (rather than hous­ing such tech it­self), al­low­ing the user to stream games di­rectly to the TV.

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