Microsoft Announces Plans for a New Xbox at E3 2018
Microsoft casually announced plans for yet another Xbox console on the E3 stage this week. The announcement was utterly devoid of any specifics, sparking the curiosity of the entire conference. It came straight from Xbox boss Phil Spencer, who said he wanted to assure fans that Microsoft is not giving up on consoles.
According to Spencer, he revealed that Xbox is currently developing another console to prove that the company is not going to “walk away” from that part of their brand. Though he did not reveal anything concrete, he mentioned several features he hopes to see in future Xbox designs.
Spencer said he is looking forward to the addition of hardware designed for streaming, higher frame rates, and software that launches games faster. He would also like the next console to address the balance issues between CPU and GPU, which are off compared to PC.
After Microsoft's panel at E3, rumors began circulating online about the next Xbox. One prominent rumor is that the next console is codenamed Scarlet and will launch in 2020. Microsoft has yet to comment on the stories but has put some old rumors to bed.
Around the time Satya Nadella stepped into the position as Microsoft CEO rumors began to circulate that the company wanted to sell off the Xbox brand. Spencer recently confirmed that the transition brought up questions over whether video games fit with Microsoft's image. However, the company has since demonstrated its overwhelming support for Xbox and its game studios.