Microsoft's X019 event in London is currently underway and a ton of information about new games has been pouring out across the internet. While we've learned about new IPs from Rare and Obsidian Entertainment (as well as seen the first glimpse of said games), Microsoft's been pretty quiet about its next console. For one reason or another, Microsoft decided to shy away from talking about Xbox Scarlett during this weekend's event.
That hasn't stopped some outlets from asking questions, though. In a recent interview with The Verge, Microsoft's Phil Spencer -head of Xbox- stated that the company is looking to avoid the problems it faced when launching the Xbox One back in 2013.
To give a quick recap, Microsoft first showed off the device at E3 2013 and revealed a slew of plans that many deemed "anti-consumer." Things like an always-online requirement, a phasing out of physical media, and some nebulous connection to a cloud system: it wasn't the best picture around.
For Scarlett, Microsoft is going to be more careful. "We're all-in on Project Scarlett and I want to compete," Spencer said, "and I want to compete in the right ways which is why we're focused on cross-play and backward compatibility.
Microsoft hasn't forgotten about the price differential between it and Sony last generation, though. "If you remember the beginning of this generation we were a hundred dollars more expensive and yes, we were less powerful," Spencer recalled. "We started Project Scarlett with this leadership team in place with a goal of having market success."
Price wasn't the only determining factor, but it did contribute a lot to pre-launch woes. Fans were turned off by the fact that Xbox One didn't offer the same power that Sony's console had on display. A lot of people also didn't want to deal with Kinect, Microsoft's motion-tracking device that came standard with each purchase.
While Scarlett may have stolen some of the thunder away from Xbox One X, Microsoft is in a prime position to charge into the next generation with a solid foundation. Xbox Game Pass keeps getting better and the company is finally investing in original IPs. Eventually, it will strike gold.
Source: The Verge