Pro­jects Scar­lett and Scar­lett Cloud are the com­pany’s new­est 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 shelves, those are said to be the dev ti­tles for Mi­crosoft’s next Xbox hard­ware de­vices. De­spite the fact that the Xbox One X (pre­vi­ously known as Scorpio) is still fairly new, it ap­pears that Mi­crosoft is al­ready mak­ing plans for its fu­ture, although no of­fi­cial an­nounce­ments have been made yet.

Project Scar­lett is re­port­edly the co­de­name for the next ma­jor con­sole. In fact, at this year’s E3, Xbox Chief Phil Spencer hinted that the com­pany was work­ing on more than one, stat­ing that “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; it’s likely to be 2020, when Sony’s PS5 is also pre­dicted to land.

Scar­lett Cloud — po­ten­tially the sec­ond con­sole that Spencer was re­fer­ring to — could be a game-stream­ing de­vice and sub­scrip­tion ser­vice. This light­weight sys­tem would rely on a re­mote server to pro­vide the pro­cess­ing and graph­i­cal power, al­low­ing the user to stream games di­rectly to the TV.

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