A whole bundle of info about this years Xbox E3 conference has been posted on gaming forum NeoGAF, by an anonymous account named Braldryr, who claims to be an insider with connections at Microsoft who gave them a sneak peek at the company’s next-generation console plans, cloud gaming rollout, and expected games line-up to be announced.
Speaking about the as yet un-announced follow-up to the Xbox One, currently, there are two rumoured consoles under the “Project Scarlett” title, the two variants being individually code-named Xbox “Anaconda” and Xbox “Lockhart”. Anaconda is expected to be the more powerful of the two offerings, being much more on par with the PS5, while Lockhart is expected to be a more budget console with possible emphasis on utilising xCloud (more on that in a second!).
Whilst physical boxes are not likely to be shown at the conference, the existence and specs are expected to be announced. Braldryr writes “No physical look of the console, but a baseline of specs including [teraflops], RAM, Bandwidth, CPU, [solid-state drive (SSD)] and of course ray-tracing”. If we assume a late 2020 release that would allow for a full box reveal either later this year at one of their own events, or at next years E3, once final specs have been firmly nailed down.
Also on the slate is the already kind-of known about streaming service, xCloud. Reportedly in development for over two years already, and leveraging Microsofts vast Azure data centres, the prospect of being able to stream your favourite Xbox games to any device you have to hand is certainly an exciting one. Hopefully, we’ll get to hear about public tests and maybe even more…?
So, the big question, what will you be playing on all this new tech? Well looks like Microsoft is covering all the bases there too.
- Halo Infinite - A new trailer and a 2020 release date to be announced.
- Gears 5 - Full gameplay reveal, an onstage demonstration of single-player and multiplayer gameplay, and a release date.
- Gears Tactics - A new trailer and a 2019 release date for PC.
- Ori and the Will of the Wisps - A new trailer with a 2019 release date.
- Bleeding Edge - A teaser trailer with a 2020 release date.
- The Outer Worlds - New gameplay trailer and release date.
- Cyberpunk 2077 - New gameplay trailer, an update on development progress, and a targeted release date.
- Age of Empires IV - Gameplay demonstration with a 2020 release date.
- Fable - A teaser trailer with a potential 2021 release date.
- Sea of Thieves - A teaser trailer.
- Battletoads - A full gameplay demonstration and a 2019 release date.
More details on Halo Infinite will be most welcome after the all too brief and detail-less trailer from last years show, also could we expect to see the game as a cross-generational title? Other notable additions, what is Bleeding Edge?? Cyberpunk 2077, possible release date? Maybe? Please?!? Fable, a title that been heavily rumoured to be being developed at now Microsoft-owned Playground games who are most famous for the Forza Horizon series, and a lot of people were sad not to hear about last year. And what can we expect from a new Battletoads game?!?
All these questions and more will hopefully be answered when Phil Spencer takes to the stage at 1pm PDT / 4pm EDT / 9pm BST on Sun 9th June.