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Xboss Phil Spencer confirms that Xbox Scarlett is a single console

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Here’s an experiment for you: Cast your mind way way back to the year 2006 and like shove your thumbs into your eyes so that you get that cool wavy effect that TV uses for flashback scenes (Editor’s note: Do not do that last bit, seriously). The Xbox 360 has launched, and in a clever marketing move Microsoft has decided to kick off their next generation of gaming with two console packages: A premium console that packed an astonishing 20GB of hard drive space and a core console that skipped out on the hard drive and HDMI cable setup for some standard definition gaming.

It was a smart move aimed at a wide variety of wallets, an idea that has had an impact on Microsoft and how they market the current Xbox One console. Currently, the console is represented by cream of the crop model Xbox One X, the standard Xbox One S and an even more budget-friendly piece of hardwarein the form of the discless Xbox One S All Digital Edition.

So what’s on the horizon for Microsoft with the Xbox Scarlett? Could we see multiple systems come 2020, paving the way for a broader ecosystem of consoles? According to Xboss Phil Spencer, Xbox Scarlett will be the only console from the Big M out in 2020, as every effort is being made currently to create a true flagship device. “Last year we said consoles, and we’ve shipped a console and we’ve now detailed another console,” Spencer said to Business Insider.

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Technically that is plural. Right now we’re focused on Project Scarlett and what we put on stage.

Hey, the single console approach worked out just fine for Sony. It’s been an entire console generation and I’m still rocking my original PlayStation 4 console, jagged console edges and all. I miss my left eye and proper depth perception. With all the talk that Microsoft has generated lately, it’s clear that it’s the idea of Xbox that’s important, not just a single console. Xbox Scarlett is ramping up to be the prime gateway into the company’s interactive offerings, but by the sound of things, it won’t be the only option on the table.

What it will be when it launches next year, is hopefully the best choice on the table.

Last Updated: June 21, 2019


  1. They will still release an updated version most probably. In all honesty, power is one of the primary ways to fight the competition. If Sony releases a more powerful PS5 later in the new console’s lifetime, MS will undoubtedly do so.

    On a similar note, I have never been more excited about a new generation of consoles ever. Being a PC gamer primarily, I am even more excited about what MS has install for their Windows OS, considering they are aligning Windows game potential so closely with their console.


    • Mark Treloar

      June 21, 2019 at 18:07

      The Xbox app will have to vastly improve before I sign on


  2. Mark Treloar

    June 21, 2019 at 14:50

    But will the power supply be inside or outside?


    • Geoffrey Tim

      June 21, 2019 at 16:09

      Probably inside, if the X1X leads its design philosophy.


      • Mark Treloar

        June 21, 2019 at 19:13

        That would be a shocking change


    • Pieter Kruger

      June 21, 2019 at 16:05

      If it means more affordable access to SSD/Hardware Accelerated RT etc. I don’t care really……they can ship the thing with it’s own generator and I’ll buy it!?


  3. Kromas

    June 21, 2019 at 14:51

    Has it tried using tinder?


  4. Pieter Kruger

    June 21, 2019 at 10:19

    Next gen is going to be spectacular! I think the jump to next gen is going to be the biggest consoles have ever seen! I do think a powerful single next gen console with full BC is the best approach(they can just continue with the XB1X as base console and people who opt for X-cloud can use the Disc less XB1S variant, sorted!)


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