Microsoft’s new child, the console codenamed Challenge Scarlett, is presently getting the lion’s share of consideration. Regardless of not having a working mannequin to indicate, Microsoft lavished the next-gen machine with showtime throughout E3, together with the world’s vaguest sizzle reel ever. However that may not be the one console the corporate’s engaged on — and if it isn’t, we would not know till after Google’s streaming-only Stadia “console” comes out.
Thurrott‘s Brad Sams reported last week that Microsoft would possibly nonetheless be engaged on an xCloud console, long-rumored to be in improvement. Initially, the phrase on the road was that Microsoft was engaged on two consoles — codenamed “Anaconda” and “Lockhart.” “Anaconda” later turned Scarlett, and right here we’re at this time.
Xbox‘s Phil Spencer stated in a current interview with Business Insider that Challenge Scarlett was the one next-gen console the corporate was engaged on in the meanwhile — he even stated the plurality of the phrasing within the authentic studies was referring to the digital Xbox One S that got here out earlier this 12 months along with Scarlett. In order that would appear to place an finish to Lockhart — however Microsoft may simply be ready to let Stadia be the check case earlier than both asserting it or placing critical thought into it.
If accomplished, this console‘s main competitors could be the likes of Google’s Stadia, one other console that’s designed to be as hardware-light as attainable. However since Google doesn’t have something aside from Stadia to concentrate on, it could actually make one of the best model of Stadia attainable (whether or not it would is one other story). So Stadia makes a significantly better check case for a streaming-only console than does a smaller Xbox that might be overshadowed by the costlier Scarlett.
Give it some thought: should you had been Microsoft, and also you had the choice of pushing your costly, highly effective new console and placing the cheaper, digital-only console on the backburner till after one other firm launched their very own, very comparable model of the latter — wouldn’t you do it?
The concept of a digital-only console nonetheless seems like a distinct segment novelty that has the potential to turn out to be both the norm or a curiosity, like VR or movement controls. There’s no approach of realizing for positive if an xCloud console exists, and if it’ll see the sunshine of day if it does. We’ve already seen the digital-only Xbox One S this 12 months, so a streaming-centric console does sound just like the pure extension of that concept.