We are rapidly approaching the next generation of video game consoles and are probably only months away from the actual reveals. At this point, we know pretty much everything about the insides of the new consoles. However, games are the most important factor in the success of a console, no matter how powerful it is. Both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Scarlett have very similar specs and thus, only their first-party games would determine which console would reign supreme. We’ve already seen teases for a few next-gen games like Halo: Infinite. What we haven’t seen, however, is proper gameplay footage to really show off what the new consoles are capable of.
Almost a year ago, most developers were stranded in limbo. They hadn’t yet received the dev kits for the new consoles and didn’t want to invest on current gen games. This is because by the time those games would have been developed, the new consoles would have been out already. However, it looks like we’re finally past that point.
Developers have had the full dev kits for the new consoles for a while now and they’re hard at work. Since the launch of the new consoles is only over a year away, it would be troubling if the next gen launch games weren’t actually into late production stage. However, the good news is that this is not the case and some of the next-gen games are already playable.
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Phil Spencer talks about Scarlett during live stream
According to the Xbox Boss, Phil Spencer, Xbox Scarlett games are already playable. In a Destiny 2 livestream alongside Bungie’s Pete Parson, Phil Spencer briefly discussed the future of Xbox, Project Scarlett. He said that he had finally played his first Project Scarlett games this week. He didn’t reveal what game it was or any other details about the new console but this news is still massive in many ways.
Firstly, a game being actually playable over a year before its release is actually a pretty impressive feat. Usually, video game developing cycles are filled with deadline crunch times during which the whole game comes together. For example, most of Halo 2 was actually developed during its final year and EA didn’t even have any fully working levels for Battlefield 4 just months before the game’s release date. This signifies how messy game development can actually be and how rare it is for a developer to be meeting actual deadlines, so kudos to them.
We can only guess what game Phil played during his test. Until now, Halo: Infinite is the only launch title we know about for the Xbox Scarlett. However, it probably isn’t Halo: Infinite since the Creative Director for the game left 343 Industries last month. This was a massive blow and piecing things back together from that point would take some time. We can only guess and your guess is as good as mine. What we do know, however, is that the consoles from both Sony and Xbox are going to be revealed rather early next year. It would be interesting to see who jumps the gun first.
Which game do you think Phil played for the Xbox Scarlett? Let us know down in the comments below.