Microsoft Teases Next-Gen Xbox Scarlett Console Ahead Of E3 Showcase

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There is a very high likelihood that Microsoft will reveal details about at least one upcoming Xbox game console family codenamed "Scarlet" later today, during a scheduled press event. The company's has been tossing out hints in various videos posted to social media, and the Internet community did not disappoint in piecing together the clues.

Microsoft dropped hints in three videos in particular over the past few days. The first one contains "R 255" in the background, followed by references to "G 36" and B 0" in the second and third videos, respectively. Mash those together and you get RGB (255, 36, 0), which not coincidentally is the color code for scarlet.

Here's a look at the first teaser...
You can check out the second and third videos here and here. Pay attention to the base of the palm trees on the left-hand side of the video. As each clip plays, the individual references to the RGB color code come into view.

We have been hearing about Scarlett for around a year now. Based on previous leaks and rumors, Microsoft is planning to release two separate console lines, codenamed "Lockhart" and "Anaconda," both of which fall under the Scarlett umbrella.

Why two? It's been said that Lockhart will essentially be a more affordable streaming machine, while Anaconda will be a higher-end console for more hardcore gaming, similar to the Xbox One X (but with beefier specs).

Earlier this year, it was rumored that Lockhart would launch with the following specs...
  • Custom Zen 2 CPU with 8 cores and 16 threads
  • Custom Navi graphics with 4+ teraflops
  • 12GB of GDDR6 memory
  • 1TB NVMe SSD
And that Anaconda would slither into the scene with the following hardware...
  • Custom Zen 2 CPU with 8 cores and 16 threads
  • Custom Navi graphics with 12+ teraflops
  • 16GB of GDDR6 memory
  • 1TB NVMe SSD
Nothing is set in stone, of course, and the actual specs of either or both could be vastly different. That said, we know that Sony's upcoming PlayStation 5 will feature a custom Navi GPU with ray tracing support, and SSD storage. It's reasonable to assume that Microsoft will go in the same direction with Scarlett.

We will know more later today—Microsoft's Xbox E3 Briefing is scheduled for 1:00 pm PT (4:00 pm ET). Follow this link to catch the livestream.