No new streaming-only Xbox console in 2020, says Xbox chief


When it comes to video game consoles, Microsoft’s Xbox One was easily defeated by Sony’s PlayStation 4.

Sony claims over 100 million PS4 consoles sold, while Microsoft has stopped reporting Xbox console sales figures altogether – estimates put the Xbox One at between 40 and 60 million sold.

It’s not to be outdone, but Microsoft’s game console should not catch up. And that’s why it’s good news for Microsoft that a new Xbox is on the horizon: the next Xbox, dubbed “Project Scarlett,” is set to arrive in 2020.

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But in June 2018, when Xbox leader Phil Spencer revealed plans for a next-gen Xbox, he talked about “consoles” – plural.

So, is Microsoft working on several new Xbox consoles?

“Last year we said consoles, and we shipped one console and now we’ve detailed another console. I think that’s plural,” Spencer told us in June.

The console that Microsoft shipped earlier this year, of course, wasn’t a new next-gen Xbox console – it was a discless version of its already existing Xbox One S hardware. “Technically, it’s plural,” Spencer said with a laugh after I pushed him over the technicality he invoked. “Right now,” he said, “we’re focused on Project Scarlett and what we’re putting on.”

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But between June 2018 – when the next-gen Xbox console was announced – and June 2019 – when it was revealed as “Project Scarlett” and its specifications detailed – rumors of a ”


only “the Xbox started to swirl. Could this be the other next-gen Xbox that Spencer was referring to?

It’s not entirely clear, but one thing is certain: Microsoft isn’t working on a streaming-only version of the next-gen Xbox.

“We are not working on a streaming-only console at this time,” Spencer told GameSpot in a recently published June interview. “We see the phone in your pocket as your streaming destination, and the console we have lets you play games locally.”

That said, given the iterative nature of games consoles and the company’s history, we wouldn’t be surprised to see new Project Scarlett releases in the years to come – it just seems fair that we’ll only see a in 2020.


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