Microsoft's Newest Xbox Will Be a Swiss Army Knife of Disruption
With all the hype at E3 in Los Angeles around new video games, sometimes bigger narratives get a little lost - including Microsoft's biggest Xbox announcement since its inception. Code named "Scarlett" the new Xbox has been confirmed - or rather not denied - by gaming boss Phil Spencer, saying the entire arm is heads down on its success.
But, details are scarce as the new console is still a few years out, but there is a lot of very reasonable assumptions we can start making. What we can expect from Microsoft's big family surface products, peripherals, and software, is that Scarlett will likely be a Swiss army knife for the living room. What we can probably write off is the next Xbox being a souped version refresh - i.e. Xbox One X or PlayStation 4 Pro.
Remember that these refreshed versions promised 4K gaming, even if a lot of it was still advanced upscaling efforts, for the first time ever.
Scarlett will bring a lot of firepower, utility, and disruption to the living room. A prime example of this might be when Sony's PlayStation 3 flew off the shelves because it was essentially a dual function Blu-ray player. Or maybe the language that Xbox becoming a family of products pushes those other functions to a handful of connected products.
And maybe this is the big break Cortana has been waiting for to break through as the dominate voice assistant in the game. No. Probably not.
Microsoft did not deny the report when contacted by Business Insider. "Our hardware teams are architecting the future of Xbox consoles and we will once again set the bench for console gaming," a representative said. "This is a journey and we have nothing further to share at this time."
Either way, Microsoft is cooking something big up and it's time for the outside industries to start paying attention. Scratching these powerhouses up as just gaming consoles are misrepresenting the most important piece of technology to influence the living room, maybe ever.