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5 References To The 'PlayStation 5' and 'Xbox Two' Next-Gen Consoles
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5 References to the 'PlayStation5' and 'Xbox Two' Next-Gen Consoles

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From Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6, to Microsoft's "Project Scarlet," here are five big facts and theories about the next generation of consoles.

While we’re constantly speculating on what the future of video games has in store, E3 2018 marked the beginning of folks in the industry directly referencing the next generation of consoles. Not mid-generation improvements like the Pro and the X, but, for lack of official names, the PlayStation 5 and the “Xbox Two,” which  seems to be codenamed Scarlet. More on that later.

From rumors to speculation to concrete details, here are are 5 references to the next generation of consoles that came out of E3 2018.

STARFIELD and THE ELDER SCROLLS 6

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Next-gen talk kicked into gear during the final moments of Bethesda’s E3 2018 conference. After showing off extended demos Rage 2 and Fallout 76, both of which should be in our hands in less than a year, Todd Howard capped off the show with two brief, but important announcements. Starfield, the long-rumored “third open-world pillar” for Bethesda, and The Elder Scrolls 6.

When describing Starfield, the studio’s “first wholly original franchise in 25 years,” Howard said that the game would be next-gen. Howard then went on to describe The Elder Scrolls 6 as "the game after" their Starfield. Since Starfield will be a "next-gen" game, it would seem to be safe speculation that this means Elder Scrolls 6 will be as well.

XBOX TWO/PROJECT SCARLET

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So Starfield and Elder Scrolls 6 are next-gen games, but what about the consoles we’ll be playing them on? Well, a report recently came out that the next Xbox is currently codenamed “Scarlet.” If you recall, the Xbox One X was known as Scorpio, the Xbox One was Durango, and the 360 was Xenon. The report also pointed towards a 2020 release date, but also that the project encompasses “multiple pieces of hardware.”

What this means for the Xbox One X still remains to be seen. Will games like Starfield be playable in any form on the X, or will the next-generation truly abandon everything before it?

CYBERPUNK 2077

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Cyberpunk 2077 was the talk of E3, from its awesome re-reveal on Microsoft’s stage, to its behind-closed-doors demo that helped secure its win as our Game of Show. But one question we’ve been asking ourselves is just where we’ll be playing it when it comes out.

While CD Projekt stated that they’re “targeting” current-gen consoles, the 45 minute demo we saw at E3 definitely felt like something truly next-gen. This wouldn’t be the first time something like this happened -- Watch Dogs was revealed at E3 2012 long before the PS4 and Xbox One had been revealed, eventually having the best version of the game released on those two. Could Cyberpunk be a cross-gen game?

HALO INFINITE

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Speaking of cross-gen speculation, let’s talk about Halo. One of the most exciting reveals of E3 was our first look at Halo Infinite, and in turn, developer 343’s brand new Slipspace Engine. An official 343 blog post states that the Slipspace Engine is “taking advantage of the full power of the Xbox One family.” But will Project Scarlet be a member of that family?

Core Halo games traditionally release every three years, most recently with Halo 5: Guardians coming out back in 2015. Clearly Halo Infinite’s development alongside this new engine means we won’t be seeing the game in 2018, so at that point, you have to ask yourself if this is going to be a game that helps usher in the next generation of Microsoft consoles.

BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL 2

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Beyond Good and Evil 2 was the big surprise last year at E3 2017, and it showed up again this year with a fantastic trailer. But those of us hoping for a concrete release date were left disappointed, as it seems like the ambitious game is quite a ways off.

Michel Ancel said that they’re aiming to have a playable beta ready at the end of 2019. Given that Ubisoft's betas tend to take place months in advance of release, that almost certainly places a release date, at the very earliest, at some point in 2020. If we line that up with the Project Scarlet reports, it’s a safe bet that Jade and company will be making their return on the next generation of hardware.

There you have it -- five of the most recent hints towards the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Two. When do you think we’ll be seeing the next-gen consoles?