During Microsoft’s E3 2019 press briefing, we got some new information on the next generation Xbox console currently going under the code name as Xbox Scarlett. They revealed some specs and new technology that will be powering the new console and revealed that new console is slated to come late next year. However, we weren’t able to get a look at the console itself. Recently, Xbox boss Phil Spencer spoke to Xbox On in regards to the design of the Xbox Scarlett. Spencer stated that the console wasn’t shown due to the design not being completely decided on yet.
“At some point we’ll show what it looks like. The physical ID is not done. I know what it’s gonna look like. It’s gonna be I think it’s a cool-looking, new thing, which will be interesting. But we don’t have a final ID done.” He added that the design of the system isn’t the most important factor in which will drive people but it or not. “It’s not like we’re going to put a half-done ID out there and say, ‘This is kind of what it will look like,'” he said. “That’s not really the thing that’s going to drive purchase decision.”
Spencer also confirmed that Microsoft has a price point for the console in mind, but chose not to disclose it at this time. He added that it could change based on many factors one of which being Trump’s tariffs with China. Since Microsoft does manufacture consoles within the country it could directly affect the price of the new system.
“The price will be important. Clearly, price is one of those things that people want to know. As we’re watching how the cost of the components are coming in, and things like tariffs and other things, trying to figure out what that price is going to be next year. We have a price point in mind; I think we’re going to hit that. But we want to make sure everything comes in right. We’ll get price out as soon as we can.”
Lastly, when asked about the name for the new console Spencer confirmed that Scarlett is only a working title but didn’t reveal what the final name will be. He only said that he hopes someone won’t make their buying decision on the product based off of its name.