Microsoft's Next-Gen Xbox Will Arrive in 2020

Helen Aguilar
June 13, 2018

In the lead up to E3, Microsoft's head of gaming Phil Spencer said that Microsoft was most interested in making sure games play well no matter what sort of device they are playing on, a hint that the company was investing in cloud gaming.

Xbox previewed a flurry of new titles and deals with studios as the video-gaming division of Microsoft Corp. looks to compete more intensely with Sony Corp.'s PlayStation and a resurgent Nintendo Co. We saw the first Halo Infinite trailer, learned a few details about the game and are learning more as details leak and Microsoft shares more. Microsoft also announced that it is in the process of acquiring another British developer, Leamington Spa-based Playground Games, which is best known for developing the Forza Horizon series and working on many core Forza Motorsport games.

To kick off their E3 2018 press conference, Microsoft teased the gaming community with a glimpse of the next game in the Halo franchise, Halo Infinite.

Trailers were also shown for upcoming Xbox exclusives Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Forza Horizon 4 (which is set in Britain this time and features dynamically changing seasons) and Crackdown 3, with a brief tease also given for a 2D Battletoads revival. It looks great, but these delays are starting to make us question if the game will ever actually be released.

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All the new studios will fall under the Microsoft Studios brand. The Xbox Adaptive Controller (Xbox One, Windows 10) is designed for gamers with limited mobility.

We love how Microsoft made a decision to put the games up front and let them speak for themselves. This will provide Compulsion Games all the resources and support they will need for developing the next level of futuristic games. No updated timing was provided at E3, but officials did confirm that the coming service will work across multiple platforms, not just Microsoft's, and not just with gaming consoles.

It will take place after the events of Halo 5 but feel new to new players.

"Playground Games will have a team dedicated to bringing their open-world expertise to an entirely new project", it said.

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