The name refers to a line of new devices rather than a single console.
Speaking during yesterday’s Xbox E3 showcase, Xbox Executive Vice President of Gaming Phil Spencer revealed that Microsoft is “deep into architecting the next Xbox consoles, where we will once again deliver on our commitment to deliver the benchmark of console gaming.” Multiple sources have since claimed those consoles (plural) are codenamed “Scarlet.”
Thurott was the first to report the news yesterday, referring to the next generation of Xbox hardware as a “series of devices.” Game Informer then followed up with its own report this morning, writing that”numerous sources” of its own had confirmed the Scarlet codename.
Interestingly, these reports weren’t the first time the moniker was connected to Microsoft’s next hardware. Back in December 2017, Windows Central reported Microsoft was “working on a new Xbox product codenamed Scarlet.”
Though little is known about Scarlet, its first two games may very well have been announced at Bethesda’s E3 showcase last night. Speaking during the event, Bethesda’s Todd Howard announced Starfield with a brief teaser. Howard called Starfield a “next-gen” game. Howard didn’t namedrop any platforms, but it’s presumed he was referring to the next Xbox and/or PlayStation consoles.
Immediately following the Starfield unveiling, Howard proceeded to announce what seems to be another next-gen title, the long-awaited Elder Scrolls VI. Howard called Elder Scrolls VI “the game after” Starfield, essentially confirming it for the next round of consoles.
The Xbox One launched in November 2013, meaning it’s closing in on five years old. However, the console received a mid-generation upgrade in November 2017 in the form of the Xbox One X, which can render games in 4K resolution.
Sony also launched its PlayStation 4 in November 2013 and followed with its own mid-generation update, the PlayStation 4 Pro, in November 2016. Last month, Sony suggested the console was entering the final phase of its lifecycle and that a successor could arrive around March 2021.
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