Microsoft kicked off its E3 conference with the promise of new discoveries. More importantly, it will feature Halo Infinite as a launch title, hearkening back to one of the greatest console launch titles of all time, Halo: Combat Evolved way back in 2001.
The show also saw the appearance of actor Keanu Reeves, who showed up unexpectedly both onstage and at the end of a new trailer for the hotly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077, to announce the game's release date. As for the console hardware, Project Scarlett will feature an AMD Zen 2 chip, Radeon RDNA graphics architecture, GDDR6 memory, SSD, and support for 120 fps, 8K graphics along with real-time ray tracing. Even the current generation of consoles continue to fall victim to load screens and Scarlett, like Sony's next console, will leverage the capabilities of a Solid State Drive, or SSD.
With Microsoft already set to preview its xCloud game streaming service that will stream games to PCs, consoles, and mobile devices, the new subscription bundle is making it a deal too good to pass up on.
Speaking of which, we know that Microsoft is slowly bringing the entire Halo: The Master Chief Collection to the PC as well, and that it is doing so one game at a time, starting with Halo: Reach.
Find out more at the Project Scarlett website. It will also have more storage. We didn't get to see the box itself, and we don't know how many consoles will comprise the Project Scarlett family, so there's still a lot that's unknown. What's better is that you can buy these game separately or all in one bundle.
Microsoft also shared more information about the Xbox Game Pass, the subscription service which lets you play a library of games for a small monthly fee. The game will be available on Project Scarlett, Xbox One, and PC in fall 2020.
Microsoft touted the console as a "bigger leap than any generation we've done before", with Xbox division head Phil Spencer describing it as the "most powerful and highest performance console we've ever designed".
Microsoft was rumored to announce another Xbox console during the event, but it didn't happen.