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Would you pay less for an Xbox that could only stream games?

Something to look forward to: Back at last month’s E3, Xbox chief Phil Spencer said that Microsoft’s engineers were "deep into architecturing the next Xbox consoles." He also confirmed the development of a game streaming service. Now, a new report offers extra details on the company’s plans. There will be two different next-gen Xbox machines: one will be a traditional console; the other a low-power device made for streaming games.

Thurrott.com reports that the new Xbox will be part of a family codenamed Scarlet—a name Spencer revealed in June. The first console will be a natural successor to the current Xbox One lineup. There’s no word on the kind of specs we might see, but it’s expected to launch in 2020, beating rival Sony’s next-gen console to market.


The second machine will be a lot cheaper, less powerful, and stream games from the cloud. The main issue people have with game streaming is the latency, which can be a problem when you’re playing a first-person shooter, but Microsoft thinks it has a solution.