Earlier this year, Microsoft was discussing plans for its next-gen game console, Project Scarlett. Now, it has a launch name: Xbox Series X.
Microsoft revealed the name of the new device, which was previously referred to as Project Scarlett, in an exclusive interview with CNET's GameSpot sister site. The company also discussed new console design, compatibility with older ones games of the Xbox and how it will work with the internet.
Microsoft says the new name reflects the many ways in which you can play an Xbox. The new Xbox X series will support the "thousands" of titles already playing on the Xbox One, for example. The device will also support components that have already been sold, such as the Xbox Adaptive Controller adapter for people with disabilities. Needs.
"We wanted to design a console where the form is driven by the function," said Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft Xbox, in an interview with GameSpot. The company made a public announcement during the gaming awards at Los Angeles on Thursday.
Microsoft said the new Xbox would be released before the holiday shopping season next year, though it did not say how much it would cost.
The new Xbox name and a planned redesign come at a time when gambling is more part of the popular culture since when. Titles like Epic's Fortnite have become so popular that celebrities recreate the dances, known as "emotes", in the style of the Hunger Games. The streaming giant Netflix has detected them video games as its biggest competitor for people's time and attention.
Meanwhile, mobile games, such as phones and tablets, are taking off. In September, Apple introduced Apple Arcade, its first game registration service, offering customers access to a list of more than 100 selected puzzle, action, and family-friendly games for $ 4,99 per month. Microsoft has also expanded subscriptions, offering $ 9.99 per month Xbox Games Pass with more than 100 games. The titles include Minecraft, Gears of War and Halo.
In the midst of all this, Microsoft and Sony are getting ready to release new video game consoles in time for next year. Microsoft's Xbox Series X and Sony's PlayStation 5 have a lot in common, they share similar graphics, fast storage technologies and developers like Electronic Arts, Ubisoft and Take-Two Interactive, all games like Star Wars Jedi adventure games:, Watch Dogs: Legion and Red Dead Redemption 2 for consoles their.
To make their consoles more attractive, both Microsoft and Sony offer cloud gaming services that allow users to play games via the Internet similar to Netflix movies and shows. Even there, the two are facing increased competition from newcomers such as Google and Amazon, which have cloud technology that can be expanded to video games.
Despite what is at stake, Microsoft has chosen relatively simple design for the next Xbox. The console bears an Xbox logo, a slot for discs and something else. The design aims to make the console "disappear" in the center entertainment you said, Spencer.
Microsoft has announced that it will present more about the console at the E3 2020 video game conference next June.