E3 2019: New Xbox Challenge Scarlett coming 2020, xCloud public check this fall, says Microsoft – CNET

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Microsoft’s subsequent Xbox is coming in 2020.

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Microsoft’s next-gen Xbox
is on the horizon, and the corporate is beginning to speak about it.

The online game big introduced its new Xbox, referred to as Challenge Scarlett, at its Xbox press convention. The brand new gadget, Microsoft stated, shall be 4x extra highly effective than its Xbox One X, promising sooner loading occasions and extra intense visuals with 8K graphics, help for 120fps and an SSD when it is launched in 2020.

“A console ought to be constructed and optimized for one factor and one factor solely: Gaming,” Xbox head Phil Spencer stated throughout the firm’s presentation forward of the Digital Leisure Expo, often known as E3, in Los Angeles

To assist enhance the console’s enchantment, Microsoft stated the gadget will launch with its subsequent massive upcoming house warfare recreation, Halo Infinite. The unique Halo was launched in 2001 alongside the unique Xbox, and helped make the gadget a family identify.

“Now we have hundreds of video games in improvement throughout Xbox One and Home windows PC,” Spencer stated. 

Microsoft confirmed off greater than 60 video games throughout its presentation — some massive like CD Projekt Purple’s futuristic dystopian journey recreation Cyberpunk 2077 and Microsoft’s personal Gears 5 and a few small. The corporate stated 14 of the video games proven got here from the corporate’s improvement arm, generally known as Xbox Recreation Studios. And over 30 video games premiering on the corporate’s Xbox Recreation Move subscription service.

“My group and I are single minded in our resolve to deliver everybody the video games they wan to play,” he added.

The corporate’s additionally mentioned its upcoming Challenge xCloud service, which can permit folks to stream video games over the web in an identical method they watch Netflix movies at present. That shall be going up in opposition to Google’s Stadia, a competing service introduced in March, designed to work alongside the corporate’s massively widespread YouTube video web site.

Microsoft stated xCloud is not going to be a standalone online game service, however quite it’ll work with an present Xbox that can assist you play video games on cell units at residence or whereas touring. The brand new service will enter a public testing section later this yr.


First take a look at xCloud on a cellphone at E3.

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Whereas Microsoft prepares for a streaming future, it is also beginning to push on its subscription service, Xbox Recreation Move. The corporate stated its Recreation Move for the PC will price $9.99, and can start public testing Sunday. Microsoft additionally stated the service shall be included in its Xbox Recreation Move Final service, a $14.99 monthly subscription that mixes the corporate’s Xbox Recreation Move for console, its Xbox Reside social community and, now, its Xbox Recreation Move for PC.

As a part of its push, the corporate stated it is acquired Double Fantastic Productions, a well-liked online game developer whose upcoming Psychonauts 2 journey recreation is extremely anticipated.

The corporate additionally stated it’s going to provide its upcoming Gears 5 house warfare recreation shall be launched September 10, although Xbox Recreation Move subscribers will get it 4 days earlier.

Microsoft additionally unveiled the new model of its Elite controller, now with Bluetooth, an inside rechargeable battery pack, adjustable rigidity thumbsticks and a lot extra.


The brand new Elite controller.

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Upcoming E3 press conferences

Saturday, June eight

Sunday, June 9

Microsoft / Xbox — The gaming big’s greatest information was Challenge Scarlett, its next-generation Xbox, coming in 2020. The brand new gadget is as much as 4x extra highly effective, the corporate stated, and just like the next-gen PlayStation it’s going to embody a quick non-mechanical SSD exhausting drive, and it will be powered by customized innards constructed with the assistance of chipmaker AMD.  The corporate additionally introduced that Halo Infinite will launch alongside Challenge Scarlett subsequent yr. Meantime, Microsoft is beginning public assessments of its Challenge xCloud streaming service in October, promising folks the power to play excessive finish video games on their cell units whereas away from residence. Whereas followers wait, Microsoft introduced an replace to its Xbox Elite Controller Sequence 2 in addition to a slew of recent video games. And motion star Keanu Reeves, contemporary off the success of John Wick Chapter three: Parabellum, was on stage to announce his involvement with Cyberpunk 2077, which is coming subsequent yr.
Bethesda — Bethesda kicked off its occasion with humility over the blended response to Fallout 76, however rapidly went again on the offensive. Fallout 76 obtained a brand new Battle Royale mode, Wolfenstein Youngblood obtained a brand new trailer and a co-op mode. We obtained a brand new recreation referred to as Deathloop from the intelligent of us behind Dishonored and Bethesda launched us to Orion, a bit of tech from ID Software program designed to make recreation streaming higher on providers like Google Stadia. The lion’s share of consideration, nevertheless, went to Doom Everlasting, which seemed incredible in each single participant and multiplayer.

Monday, June 10

Tuesday, June 11

Nintendo (livestream solely) — 9 a.m. PT (midday ET)

We’re there

CNET shall be on the bottom, masking masking E3 2019 alongside our sister web site, Gamespot. We’ll replace this web page all through the present as extra video games are introduced.


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