Can you believe that it's already time for a new Xbox?! It seems like just yesterday I was unboxing the Xbox One X that I won through Taco Bell (Yeah, that really happened) 2 weeks before anyone else got it. With E3 looming now under 4 months away, I thought it would be a great time to talk about what to expect from Microsoft this year and talk about what we know so far and what to expect in the future.
While it's certainly not news that a new Xbox is coming in Fall of 2020, it is news that Microsoft have confirmed that they will be presenting TWO new consoles, code named "Lockhart" and "Anaconda," at their E3 conference. We know these 2 consoles collectively as "Project Scarlett."
Lockhart is expected to be the entry-level offering. It will come with lower performance than Anaconda, and no disc tray, but will still be superior to the current 8th generation consoles we have now. Anaconda, on the other hand, will provide everything we could hope for in a next generation high-end console with 8k output rumored to available.
The lack of a disc drive in Lockheart points directly at a streaming service. While the concept of "Netflix for games" is nothing new, Microsoft feel they have a unique advantage. "We have a structural position in that we have both a console business as well as a PC business, which happens to be bigger than the console business when it comes to gaming,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Code named "Project xCloud," Microsoft is vying for a place at the top of the game streaming market that other large companies like Google have already begun to dabble in. More on this in another blog once more information becomes available.
Along with the new consoles, Microsoft will also be releasing a new controller with removable and attachable buttons - much like the Elite controller V1 - but on steroids. This will be as close to a 100% customizable controller as you can get. From customzing the button styles from shape and texture, to size and color to substituting "finger manipulated controls" for conventional buttons - you will be able to customize this controller to you!
Microsoft fans have a lot to look forward to at this year's E3. Big changes, all appearing to be good ones, are coming and we can't wait!!
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