Microsoft’s E3 2018 press conference had to be a blowout success if the company wanted to keep fans of the Xbox and gamers overall interested in its video gaming plans.
Ever since the E3 2013 debacle where the company botched the launch of the Xbox One, Microsoft has found it difficult to bounce back.
The lack of quality exclusive games for the platform is one of the main reasons why the Xbox One is failing, and not even the release of the Xbox One X was good enough to have gamers clamoring to ditch the PlayStation 4.
However, with the announcement of a plethora of new games, both from third-party and first-party lineups, Microsoft is preparing to bully itself back into the game.
Not to mention, the software giant announced that it has added five new studios under its belt, and this includes Ninja Theory, the developers of Hellblade: Sensua’s Sacrifice.
The Next Generation Is Where Microsoft Intends to Shine
Let’s face the facts here, there’s no chance for the Xbox division to bounce back with the Xbox One and the Xbox One X. It’s too late, and no amount of quality video games will change that. Sony has a commanding lead with the PlayStation 4, and this will continue until the release of the PlayStation 5.
The best option for Microsoft is to get its newly acquired studios, which includes, The Initiative, Undead Labs, Playground Games, Compulsion Games, and Ninja Theory.
Now, whatever new experiences these studios are working on today, they won’t be ready for quite some time, which leaves us to believe these games are next-generation Xbox focused.
Bear in mind that a report from Paul Thurrott claims the next generation Xbox is codenamed “Scarlett,” so plans are in place to kick-start the future.
The fact that Microsoft went out of its way to mention the development of next-generation Xbox gaming platforms at the ending of its E3 2018 press conference is proof enough of what is happening.
When Will Microsoft Release the Next-Gen Xbox
Microsoft doesn’t have a lot of offer in terms of diversity when it comes to its Xbox exclusive games, which is why most of its first-party games announced at its E3 2018 press conference weren’t much of a surprise.
Halo: Infinity, Gears of War 5, Crackdown 3, and Forza Horizon 4, are more or less what fans have come to expect from Microsoft. These titles will likely serve as Microsoft’s final shining grace in 2019, and from there on, it’s all about the next generation of consoles.
Now, if the company decides to talk about the development of a new Xbox at this E3, then chances are, Microsoft could announce a new system in 2019 in similar ways to how it announced the Xbox One X.
We should expect to hear about the hardware specifications at E3 2019 along with the codename, and come 2020, the full name and the release date within the same year should be revealed.
That’s right, we’re definitely a believer of the year 2020 being the release date for the next Xbox, and that’s not exactly far away.