The future of Xbox
Microsoft is already working on the next generation of consoles ahead of anyone else
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.
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