Xbox Two or Project Scarlett, as it is allegedly known internally, is likely a couple of years off at least. But here is a stack of rumoured information about Microsoft8217;s prospective follow-up to the Xbox One.
We also chuck in some of our own thoughts based on more than 30 years experience in the games industry and will continually update as and when new rumours and leaks become available.
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During the Xbox E3 2018 media briefing, head honcho Phil Spencer revealed that the next-generation Xbox consoles are 8220;in development8221;. It was a simple tease at the end of the press conference and he refrained from delving into the subject any further.
Soon after, Thurrott.com claimed to have been tipped off on the name of the project, Scarlett, and that, as suggested by Spencer before, the next wave of machines from Xbox will be a 8220;family of devices8221;.
One other suggestion is that, as Xbox is known to want to bring its gaming prowess to mobile too, the Scarlett family might also include a streaming-only device that taps into a new cloud gaming platform from Microsoft, also hinted at during E3 2018.
As part of its feasibility study on the PlayStation 5, Eurogamer suggested that, like Sony’s next console, the Xbox Two could come with new AMD architecture. That’s a safe bet considering AMD was also the chip partner for Xbox One (check out our Xbox One S review) and Xbox 360.
For sure, it will play games with a far greater level of graphical fidelity and scope, but the main leaps will be enforced by third-parties. Are we likely to see massive technological leaps for Netflix and Amazon Video, for example? We doubt it.
It wouldn8217;t be too much of a stretch to say that Microsoft will look to adopt its Cortana voice assistant in more user-friendly fashion. And the Xbox Two could and should be the hub of a smart home. It might even be compatible with Alexa and/or Google Assistant, although that really depends on how far Microsoft manages to take Cortana in the interim.
One thing we8217;re sure of is that the next-gen console will have a much larger hard drive: 2TB at least. The graphically intensive Xbox Two games will require a lot of storage space.
As revealed above, thanks to the AMD roadmap and Thurrott.com report, the Xbox Two is suggested to appear in 2020. Considering the Xbox One itself originally came out in 2013 8211; around four-and-a-half years ago 8211; and the Xbox One X only appeared late last year, Microsoft will be in no rush to replace it and another couple of years sounds about right.