] Microsoft goes to Gamescom next month to show brand new Xbox hardware and accessories. The company does not reveal any details before the show, but only says that the players should expect "some surprises" and features on upcoming titles. The big revelation will take place during a special broadcast of Inside Xbox on August 21
The broadcast will fly from Microsoft's Xbox Booth where visitors will have access to 25 games across a wide range of genres, such as Forza Horizon 4 Ori and Will of the Wisps State of Decay 2 ] s Daybreak Pack and a new mode for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds available only on Xbox One.
"Microsoft's live streaming service Mixer will also be on Gamescom, adjacent to the Xbox 8th Hall in Hall 8, where they will bring back the ever-popular HypeZone Live experience!" Says the company. "Participants will be given the chance to win victory in the game's generous matches and even go away with great prices, while everyone at home can see the turbulence evolve."
Other Gamescom highlights include the return of Xbox FanFest, which takes place on the Rhein River on August 23. The Xbox Official Gear Shop will also make its European debut to sell clothing and collectibles based on the Xbox brand and popular franchises, including Halo Gears of War and loads more.
Referring to Microsoft's reference to "brand new Xbox hardware", refer to the company's next-generation console code-named Scarlett, which is highly unlikely. Xbox One X debuted in November 2017, so if a new console type plays a debut next month, you're likely to see a refined Xbox One X "Slim" version at a possible reduced price. Next generation Scarlett model is not expected to arrive until the end of 2020.
According to a new report, Scarlett describes a product group, not just a single-generation console. This umbrella period is likely to refer to the next console, compatible controls, headsets and more. What is not clear is whether Scarlett refers to updated hardware seen with the move from Xbox One to Xbox One X or a brand new design that is still backward compatible.
Microsoft had a great presentation before the E3 2018 in June, exhibiting 50 games and 20 exclusions, such as Halo Infinit e, Gears 5 Ori and Wisps vils Metro Exodus Kingdom Hearts III Battlefield V Forza Horizon 4 and loads more. You can see the entire list here.
If you are in the Cologne area and want to participate in Gamescom, here are the times:
- Tuesday 21-29. CEST (print / trade only day)
- Wednesday 22 August – 9:00 to 8:00 CEST
- Thursday 23 August – 9:00 – 8:00 CEST
- Friday, August 24 – 9:00 – 8:00 CEST
- Saturday, August 25 – 9:00 – 8:00 CEST