Microsoft announces a new Xbox console

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The tech company announced on Sunday that the console — code name ‘Project Scarlett’ – will debut late next year. Microsoft said it’s “four times” more powerful than the Xbox One X and comes with more memory, higher resolution, and better graphics.

“A console should be built and optimized for one thing, and one thing only: games,” said Phil Spencer, executive vice president of games at Microsoft, at the event on Sunday.

What does this translate to, according to Xbox staff in a teaser videois faster loading screens for gamers.

“Thousands of games across four console generations will look and play better on Project Scarlett,” Microsoft said.

The company refreshes game consoles every few years. The latest iteration of the Xbox — the Xbox One — launched in 2013.

The announcement comes as the E3 2019 video game conference is about to begin. Sony – which produces console rival PlayStation 4 – previously announced it would not be attending the conference for the first time in the event’s history.

Microsoft announced on Sunday that the new console will launch alongside the “Halo Infinite” game. He also announced a new Xbox controller that comes with Bluetooth and a rechargeable battery that has “up to 40 hours” of battery life. It costs $179.99 and pre-orders are available online.

Correction: An earlier version of this report incorrectly identified a model of the Xbox One video game console.

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