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E3 2018: Microsoft confirms it is working on new Xbox console and game streaming service

Microsoft made an array of big announcements at E3, but nothing bigger than this

Utathya Nag utathya10 11 June 2018, 12:43 PM
Phil Spencer, head of Gaming at Microsoft, onstage at Xbox E3 2018 Briefing

Phil Spencer, head of Gaming at Microsoft, onstage at Xbox E3 2018 Briefing Image: AP

Microsoft's E3 keynote at Los Angeles, California, on Sunday, had a slew of big announcements for gamers, but none perhaps bigger than the confirmation that the next generation of Xbox console is already in development. The tech giant didn't divulge any details about the hardware or features of the upcoming console, but this is the first time that the company has spoken about a new console publicly.

The new console, when it launches, will be the successor to Microsoft's Xbox One X, which was launched in November last year. But the next variant may mark a major overhaul as far as specs go, considering rival Sony's PlayStation 5 is expected to be released in 2019 or 2020.

"The same team that delivered unprecedented performance with Xbox One X is deep into architecting the next Xbox consoles, where we will once again deliver on our commitment to set the benchmark for console gaming," Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft Xbox, said during E3.

Spencer added that the company is also working on a dedicated game streaming service, which will bring 'console quality' gaming experience on any device, even smartphones. Sony already has something similar in place with PlayStation Now streaming service.

Microsoft also announced some big upcoming games for Xbox and Windows 10, including Halo Infinite, Gears of War 5, Crackdown 3, Forza Horizon 4, Devil May Cry 5, Cyberpunk 2077. A new trailer for the upcoming Shadow of Tomb Raider game also dropped during the show.

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