It’s always a big deal when news leaks about console updates or next-gen launches, even if they are rumors. But when the involved company acknowledges the news publicly, well that’s even better.
During it’s E3 presentation earlier this week, Microsoft announced that they’re currently designing new Xbox hardware. If you were thinking we wouldn’t see it for at least another few years, then you’ll be surprised to know 2020 is the target.
What else do we know about it? Sadly, not much.
The Next-Gen Xbox Console Will Launch In 2020
Supposedly, the next-gen Xbox has been nicknamed “Scarlett” internally.
According to Microsoft, the new lineup is a “family of devices” similar to what we’ve seen this generation. That means there will probably be several models at launch. It’s even possible there are already plans for a mid-range revamp too — like the Xbox One S.
Thurrot claims the next-gen Xbox model is nicknamed Scarlett. Maybe it will be red?
The Xbox One X — Microsoft’s current-gen model — launched back in 2017, right around November. That leaves just about three years for the timeline of the current generation; seven if you count the OG model’s launch in 2013. We probably won’t see the older models phased out for quite some time even after the launch of the next-gen xbox. In fact, it’s likely the new models will include backwards compatibility, and future games may be downgraded to work on both platforms — similar to what was done for the Xbox 360 for a while. Then again, who knows.
Will Microsoft Do Better Next-Gen?
The Xbox One console family is great, but the exclusive game lineup is the issue.
In reality, Microsoft is probably hoping to wipe the slate clean and compete with Sony on a more even keel next go around. It’s no secret that Sony is absolutely wiping the floor with the Xbox when it comes to exclusives, great titles, and just solid gaming support. Sorry Xbox fanboys.
As you can see, there are remarkably few details about the next-generation and most of what we do know is left to speculation. It will be interesting to see what else comes of this news. Maybe someone will leak a little more info about the current designs, or maybe we’ll just have to wait a little longer.
Who’s ready to upgrade to next-gen? I’m certainly not. Between the Nintendo Switch, my PS4 and Vita combo and a healthy PC I’ve got plenty on my plate for this gen. Not to mention the current lineup of titles coming out over the next couple years which is absolutely phenomenal.
Game on folks.