Project Scarlett: Microsoft Announces Next Generation of Xbox Gaming Consoles

First, and most important: Halo Infinite is not an Xbox-only game: In addition to running on all Xbox One console generations, it will also run on what Microsoft says is "a wide range of PCs" too.

The new console, available around Christmas 2020, is for now officially called Project Scarlett.

The next-generation Xbox console, which has no marketing name yet, uses AMD's Zen 2 architecture and Navi graphics. That console also includes a solid state drive and promises backwards compatibility, a feature that has been largely missing since the original chunky model of the PlayStation 3.

Microsoft on Sunday gave the world a first glimpse of a powerful next-generation Xbox gaming console that it aims to release late next year.

Then came Project Scarlett, which was another letdown.

Microsoft debuted its next gen Xbox here at its press conference at E3. Last night, Microsoft's new strategy became clear- Xbox Game Pass has now launched on PC, alongside a brand new app that collects all of the games you can install in one place without the extra fluff. You get all the benefits of Xbox Live Gold, but with over 100 high-quality console and PC games as well. The new version of the game is being built with native 4K HDR support and utilizes both Global Positioning System and Microsoft's Azure AI power to inject it with an unprecedented level of realism. Microsoft certainly showed a lot of games, but the ones that looked the best - and the most exciting - were mainly 2D indie games like Ori and the Will of the Wisps - which will run on Windows PCs, and certainly won't demand an expensive new console to play on. We already knew about the likes of Halo Infinite and Gears 5, which are both as big as Xbox games get, but we'd have loved to have seen some more major projects in the works exclusive to Xbox. Its new-gen kit should be much more capable.

Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN who can't wait to see what secrets Microsoft has in store for us tomorrow. The project's reveal trailer mentions that Microsoft wishes to put fans at the center of every decision they make, and that's why Xbox 2020 will focus on performance improvements to reduce the load times. Meantime, Microsoft is starting public tests of its Project xCloud streaming service in October, promising people the ability to play high end games on their mobile devices while away from home.