Scarlett is not going to be Microsoft’s closing console, says Xbox Head Phil Spencer
The following Xbox, codenamed Scarlett, is not going to be Microsoft’s closing console, in keeping with Xbox Head Phil Spencer.
Talking to Large Bomb throughout E3, Spencer mentioned Microsoft’s philosophy for launching new hardware, explaining that the corporate waits to launch a brand new console till know-how developments are nice sufficient that new hardware would have a major affect on the participant expertise.
The Xbox One was 5 occasions extra highly effective in computing efficiency than the Xbox 360. The Xbox One X supported 4K gaming. Spencer says Scarlett was born out of comparable developments:
“We expect [Scarlett] is a crucial design level within the stability between CPU and GPU that we’ve simply by no means actually hit on a console earlier than. So the factor for us previous Scarlett is… what’s that subsequent inflection level of expertise that may truly be significant?”
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Scarlett is reportedly a powerhouse and marks simply the kind of significant soar in console hardware Spencer describes, nevertheless it received’t be Microsoft’s closing Xbox.
“We’re not planning for Scarlett to be our final console,” Spencer says, saying that Xbox continues to beef up its hardware crew.
That mentioned, the corporate doesn’t know what characteristic would make a console after Scarlett extra significant.
“It might be one thing that may come alongside and say what I had earlier than doesn’t really feel prefer it’s fulfilling state-of-the-art experiences that I’ve in my house,” Spencer says. “That’s what we’re planning for. We’ll at all times be eyes large open.”
Maybe the longer term past Scarlett entails recreation streaming. Microsoft is at the moment advertising Undertaking xCloud – its premium recreation streaming service that permits you to play Xbox video games on any machine while not having a console – and console streaming, which helps you to stream video games to your gadgets out of your console, just like Sony’s Distant Play. By the point Spencer’s crew begins work on Scarlett’s successor, he doesn’t count on sufficient development in cloud streaming applied sciences to foresee streaming as the subsequent “significant characteristic.”
“I don’t assume [by that time] that I’m going to be taking part in video games that really feel like my Scarlett video games which can be streamed on a display screen that’s 60-inches,” Spencer says. “I could possibly be mistaken, however we’re going to proceed with our xCloud work… and the magic that’s being put in there.
It’s seemingly recreation streaming is not going to be the top to consoles like some have predicted, so who is aware of what characteristic will warrant new hardware launches previous Scarlett? Perhaps movement controls and Kinect will make a grand re-entrance.