Microsoft is Reportedly Planning to Unveil its Next-Generation Xbox Consoles at E3 2019
Halo Infinite is said to also be a launch title for the new Xbox devices come release in 2020.
We’ve all known for a bit now that Microsoft is in the process of developing next-generation console hardware. It’s something that Microsoft themselves admitted to last year on stage at E3 2018. Now, we might just know when the company will be ready to reveal the first details of the new devices, and it’s sooner than you might think.
In a new report from French publication JeuxVideo.com, it is said that the company will unveil the next two iterations of the Xbox this summer at E3 2019. The much-rumored “Scarlet” project will take form as two separate Xbox devices, one codenamed “Anaconda” and the other “Lockhart.” These codenames stem from a previous report which was released this past December and contained the same info.
JeuxVideo says that Xbox Lockhart will be a more entry-level device for those looking to simply get into the Xbox ecosystem. The Xbox Anaconda will be a higher-end premium product much like the current Xbox One X is. Anaconda will boast higher specs when it comes to the GPU and RAM from what is reported. Previous reports also state that Microsoft plans to release these consoles later in 2020, although the reveal itself is now said to happen come June. What form this reveal will take though is still very uncertain.
On the software front, JeauxVideo also says that the highly-anticipated Halo Infinite is set to be a launch title for both the Anaconda and Lockhart. Despite launching with the new platforms, it is also reported that Halo Infinite is still planned to arrive on the Xbox One when it lands. Considering how little we know about Halo Infinite at the moment, a 2020 launch seems pretty likely. If new hardware is also coming out next year, it’d make sense to launch alongside those devices.
Obviously, all of this information is still unconfirmed so don’t take it as truth just yet. That said, with Sony out of the picture at E3 2019, it makes sense for Microsoft to try and go all-in and have a major showing. Even though the gap between reveal and release would be longer than most other hardware releases, it will still no doubt generate a lot of buzz for the Xbox team this summer if this unveiling does come to fruition.
Combined with the previous rumor that Microsoft could be looking to team up with Nintendo and bring Xbox Game Pass to Switch, it seems like it could be a wild time for the team at Xbox and I’m excited to see how it all unfolds over the coming months.