The Xbox Two Release Date will be in November 15, 2020 (Updated Release Date) or sooner. The Xbox One X represents the first iterative console release within a single generation, but it's not a next generation console. .
When Microsoft announced the Xbox One S, everybody was expecting it, but when Phil Spencer took the stage at the end of E3 2016 and announced Xbox One X, we had some serious news on our hands. He promised "the most powerful console ever built." It's nice, but it's not the Xbox 2. Let's talk about when Microsoft will take that next step.
Xbox Two is Code-named Scarlett and It's Coming in 2020
At the end of the Microsoft press conference for E3 2018, Phil Spencer dropped the bomb that Microsoft is indeed hard at work on the next Xbox. Another rumor surface shortly thereafter, claiming that the Xbox 2 is code-named Scarlett and is a family of devices.
This rumor, first revealed by Thurrott, also claims that Scarlett will be releasing in 2020, which is right in line with our predictions.
While we're still uncertain what "family of devices" means, it could point towards a set of consoles like what we have now with Xbox One, the S, and the X. It could also leverage cloud streaming to offer a mobile element, since we know Microsoft is working on this technology to bring AAA titles to all manner of connected devices.
Is Xbox One X The Xbox 2?
Normally, that wouldn't even be a question, but in a post PS4 Pro world, we have to wonder if it's truly a next generation console, or something iterative like the Pro, which Sony has explicitly stated is not the PS5.
Typically, we classify generational leaps as a jump in power that's significant when compared to the last console. That's why models like the Xbox One S don't count, because they're largely the same.
Now, Xbox One X offers things like native 4K which is something you would normally expect from only the most powerful PC rigs.
Another major component of a "new generation" is usually a new format, and in many cases, the inability to play older titles (unless there's backwards compatibility). This is where things get murky with Xbox One X, because Microsoft is trying to break down the walls between generations as we know them.
The Xbox Family: What it Means For The Future
The next generation of Xbox devices, currently codenamed Project Scarlett, is being referred to as a "family of devices." Not only is Microsoft planning a true next-gen powerhouse console, but rumors also suggest they will offer a more affordable console that relies on cloud streaming to play the same games.
Yet another report from Thurrott revealed that existence of two consoles in this family. The second console utilizes the Scarlett Cloud (a title used by one person) to make up for a lack of hardware in the box.
The less powerful streaming console will still require hardware for controller input, image processing, and collision detection, so it's not going to be cheap, but it will cost less than he major hardware option. Microsoft apparently has some solutions regarding latency and lag in place as well, thanks to their Azure cloud and its prevalence around the world.
Whether you opt for the next-gen console or the cloud-based streaming device, Microsoft is planning on offering the same games for both, much in the way that Xbox One X and the S play the same games in this generation.
It's a bold move, but it's grounded in business sense. Microsoft doesn't make a lot of money on their hardware, but they do make a lot of profits from Xbox Live, Game Pass, and their game sales. Project Scarlett and this second cloud-based console option could give them a boost to their profits while also offering options for both mainstream and hardcore gamers.
|Original XBox Release Date||November 15, 2001|
|Time Between||3 years, 5 months, 27 days|
|XBox 360 Release Date||May 12, 2005|
|Time Between||8 years, 6 months and 10 days|
|XBox One Release Date||November 22, 2013|
|Time Between||3 years, 11 months, 16 days|
|XBox One X Release Date
"Xbox One X"
November 7, 2017
(After PS4 Pro Before PS5)
|Time Between||3 years, 8 days|
|XBox Two Release Date||November 15, 2020|
Microsoft's own Aaron Greenberg spoke with Engadget about Scorpio and they asked him if this was the final console generation.
To this, Greenberg said:
"I think it is. For us, we think the future is without console generations. We think that the ability to build a library, a community, to be able to iterate with the hardware--we're making a pretty big bet on that with Project Scorpio. We're basically saying, 'This isn't a new generation; everything you have continues forward and it works.' We think of this as a family of devices."
He went on to say that Microsoft is planning to learn from the reaction to Xbox One X and if it's a big success, they believe it will change the future of consoles as we know it. Of course, the ability to bring forward all of your games and accessories is something new for the industry.
Backwards compatibility is, at it's best, just the games. Even that has been hard to get with the past few generations, but Microsoft is promising that everything will go forward with you to Xbox One X. This new console doesn't have any exclusive titles.
That means even the new games will work on your older system. This makes gamers like me wonder how much better Xbox One X can be, beyond some of the differences we've seen, if the games are required to work on older systems too. Greenberg went on to say,
"I think the really important thing for people to understand is the nut we've tried to crack here is ensuring we hit hardware innovation at the same time we ensure compatibility. That term of an upgrade is gone. We are wiping out those generational boundaries. As a gamer, it's pretty cool. Because then I know the games I buy and play today and the controllers I use today are going to work on that machine of tomorrow. And that's the real major step-change."
In the end, Xbox One X is more of a test of the waters, and an extension of the current generation. It's not a true next generation console, and therefore can't be labeled Xbox Two.
A tweet on Phil Spencer's account shows that Microsoft is already thinking ahead, perhaps even past Xbox One X:
@umairshazi Already have ideas for what could be after Scorpio. Great thing in gaming, early tech adopters and best creators of any industry
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) August 18, 2016
So, Xbox One X won't be the last we see of Microsoft, which means that the Xbox 2 is still coming. That focus on backwards and forwards compatibility is cool, but it holds back the potential of the console if games that come out have to work on the old and new systems.
It would be best if Xbox One games worked on Xbox One X, but new games were exclusive to the console. Even so, the X is exists in a space similar to the PS4 Pro, and isn't a truly next generation machine, despite its power.
How The Xbox Family Will Play Into Console Generations and Lead to Xbox 2
The concept of the Xbox One Family is unique, and it does offer Microsoft the ability to extend and iterate on a generation, but it's not future-proof. Eventually, that family will need to graduate to a new generation. Xbox One X offers Microsoft the chance to keep this generation for a few more years, but the Xbox Two will mark the beginning of a new family.
When we think of console generations, we usually think of them as single consoles. The original Xbox, the Xbox 360, and the Xbox One. The problem with that structure, is that technology is moving too fast for one console to meet the needs of an entire generation.
Instead, an iterative approach makes more sense here. One generation, spread across multiple consoles that get incrementally more powerful as you move up the chain. This way, Microsoft can stay competitive in terms of power, but also keep multiple hardware releases within that same family.
The next generation will be another branch in the family tree if you will. It could be called Xbox Two, but we currently know it as Project Scarlett. The current rumors point to this being two different devices: one for streaming your games, and one for hardcore gamers who want all of the best hardware under the hood.
Despite this, people were worried about the fate of an Xbox 2. During a podcast with IGN, Microsoft's Albert Penello offered us a small quote that tells us the Xbox 2 is happening:
"I don't think we've ever said that console generations will go away because of this idea."
While they are most certainly focused on backwards compatibility, Albert made it clear that they have plans to move forward beyond this generation. In a perfect world, you'll still be able to play all of your old games on the Xbox 2, but there will eventually be a dividing line between the Xbox One and the Xbox Two.
VR on Xbox: All The Options
There hasn't been any mention of VR on the Xbox One X as of yet. It was mentioned as a feature early on, and these titles would be exclusive to the platform, since Xbox One won’t be getting a VR solution. It's possible at this point that Microsoft will wait until Project Scarlett to introduce VR. The question that’s on our minds, is who will be manufacturing the headset?
On the one hand, Oculus Rift seemed like a solid choice, but then Microsoft announced its own line of Windows 10 VR headsets in late 2016.
What we do know, is that the headsets are being made by different manufacturers and will start at $300 for the base model. The entire line of headsets also supports inside-out tracking sensors which removes the need for a camera or external sensor.
These are different than the HoloLens, which is an augmented reality headset. For the time being, it’s assumed that these headsets will still be wired in nature. Current partners listed were HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus, and Acer, so it stands to reason that one of these manufacturers are working on a variation of their Windows 10 headset for Xbox One X.
Some of these manufacturers are already working on headsets. Acer is working with Starbreeze to create the high-end line of StarVR headsets. Asus has a leather strapped headset, and AntVR is partnering with Lenovo for mobile VR setups.
Regardless, Microsoft is promising “hi-fidelity” VR that is supposed to compete with Sony’s PlayStation VR solution.
Virtual reality and, by extension, augmented reality, are a growing industry. So far, the technology has been well-received and PlayStation's VR solution is no slouch either.
Let's say that Xbox Two (Project Scarlett) does get the Oculus Rift, or something equivalent. This is a first generation VR headset. It works great, but it's the first step. It also requires a lot of power to work properly.
What about the HoloLens? Will it ever come out of development limbo? The next wave of headsets will have increased resolution, wireless capability, and technologies like eye tracking to make the experience even more convincing. Depending on how VR does on the Xbox One X, we could see a launch of the Xbox Two with a VR headset that is specific to the platform and matches the new headsets of that era.
Predicting the Xbox 2 Price
Microsoft is in the midst of a transition between the past and the future. While the Xbox One had some misfires, Xbox One X is looking to come out of the gate swinging with it's high-end specs, VR support, and native 4K. The Xbox One X is more than Xbox One S, and priced at $499.
What does this mean for the inevitable next generation console in the future? One thing is certain, gamers will speculate, and we will be right there with them. Join us as we explore the Xbox Two Price!
The Xbox One
Xbox One is well into its lifespan, and now gamers can choose between Xbox One S and Xbox One X as well. Things have been good for the console, but we’ve had some downturns, such as the cancellation of Scalebound which was looking to be a solid exclusive from Platinum Games.
With the aforementioned “Xbox Family” in place, the lifespan of the Xbox One is an interesting concept. Since gamers will be able to play their games on both Xbox One X and Xbox One (or the S), it lends a longer lifespan to the console.
Despite Microsoft promising not to leave anyone behind, at some point in the future, they’ll need to trim the family. I imagine this will happen with Xbox Two/Project Scarlett or if they really stretch it, the console after that.
We kind of assumed Xbox One would last ten years, but this new revelation that games will go forward and backward could make it last even longer, but not by much I imagine.
The Xbox 360
If we call the lifespan of the Xbox five years, then the Xbox 360 will have doubled that of its predecessor by the time it is finally phased out. Although the 360 had a relatively shaky start as consoles go with the red ring of death a constant thorn in the side of gamers, and losses reported in the initial months of trading, the success of this beloved console soon picked up.
The Xbox 360 made it an admirable ten years from 2005 to 2016.
Some young gamers today will have been born after the debut of Microsoft’s very first entry into the world of the games console. The Xbox was launched in November of 2001, and was in direct competition with the PlayStation 2 from Sony, along with other now-retro consoles - the Dreamcast from Sega and the GameCube from Nintendo. Despite the Xbox’s successes, notably adding an Ethernet port to allow easy online gaming, the Xbox was swiftly discontinued after the launch of its successor in November, 2005. Support for the original Xbox continued until 2009, however no new games were released for it after Madden NFL 09 in August, 2008.
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Let The Games Begin!
We're in a weird spot as gamers. The Xbox One X threw a wrench in our normal generational leaps, but is it a bad thing? While it may delay the release of the Xbox 2, but it could give Microsoft some extra time to come up with a massive generational leap. The Xbox Family is a great concept, if only for the reason that it shows the best example of backwards compatibility we've seen this generation.
When do you think the Xbox 2 is coming out? Let us know in the comments!
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