The fu­ture of Xbox

Mi­crosoft is al­ready work­ing on the next gen­er­a­tion of con­soles ahead of any­one else

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What a show. This year’s E3 was ab­so­lutely phe­nom­e­nal, and lead­ing the pack was Mi­crosoft, cham­pi­oning 50-plus games, in­clud­ing 18 ex­clu­sives and 15 world pre­mieres on their stage. There were so many games an­nounced it was a strug­gle to fit them all in the mag, but it all goes to show just how bright the fu­ture of Xbox is look­ing. There was a real sense of ex­cite­ment when leav­ing the show and a feel­ing of all gamers shar­ing in that to­gether. We’ve got

Gears 5 and Forza Hori­zon 4 to look for­ward to in the com­ing months, but what has us most ex­cited is what’s in store even fur­ther in the fu­ture.

It was only men­tioned very briefly, but Mi­crosoft is al­ready hard at work on the next gen­er­a­tion of con­soles. “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,” head of Xbox Phil Spencer said while up on stage at the con­fer­ence.

What does that mean? Since work is al­ready un­der­way it sounds like we won’t have too long to wait un­til we’re play­ing with an even more pow­er­ful con­sole than the Xbox One X. While we doubt any­thing will be ready for next year with so lit­tle teased, the year 2020 feels like it’d be a great time to launch a con­sole – it’d be seven years after the first Xbox One ap­peared on shelves which is a great length for a con­sole gen­er­a­tion. That cou­pled with a few other an­nounce­ments is point­ing to­wards an amaz­ing few years ahead for Xbox fans.

Game plan

Quite a few game an­nounce­ments are also point­ing in that di­rec­tion, such as Halo In­fi­nite, which only had the briefest tease and no men­tion of a re­lease win­dow. It’s also be­ing made in an en­tirely new en­gine which sug­gests it’s be­ing pushed hard for some new tech. Else­where The

El­der Scrolls VI was also teased with some gor­geous-look­ing moun­tains, but looks nowhere near ready for this gen­er­a­tion. We also got to see a tease for another Bethesda game called Starfield that looks like it will have a sci-fi set­ting. There have been ru­mours that they’ve been work­ing on the project for quite a while now al­ready, but this was the first we’ve seen of it and it still has a ridicu­lously long way to go.

A new con­sole gen­er­a­tion also helps ex­plain why things have been so quiet re­cently – while last year was jam-packed with new games, things def­i­nitely feel like they’ve slowed down in 2018. Else­where we know a new Fa­ble game is be­ing worked on po­ten­tially by Play­ground Games (the stu­dio be­hind Forza Hori­zon) although it was con­spic­u­ously ab­sent at E3

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