Xbox announced the intent to acquire Double Fine Productions, which will bring the total number of development studios under Xbox Game Studios to 15. Led by industry veteran Tim Schafer, the addition of this incredibly creative studio will reinforce the Xbox team’s commitment to developing original content. Double Fine also showcased the long-awaited Psychonauts 2.
During the briefing, Xbox also talked about Project Scarlett, their next-gen console. Project Scarlett will come packed with a custom-designed AMD processor, GDDR6 memory, and a next-generation SSD. They promise that Project Scarlett will set a new bar for console power, speed, and performance. The next gen console will be arriving Holiday 2020 alongside “Halo Infinite.”
It is rather trendy right now, so Xbox is coming to the cloud, and xCloud was talked about shortly. Xbox announced the ability to stream games from your Xbox One, starting in preview this October. With console streaming, gamers will have access to their Xbox One game library and Xbox Game Pass titles on the go, streamed directly from an Xbox One console to a mobile device.
The Xbox E3 Briefing also marked a new milestone for xCloud, with E3 2019 attendees being among the first in the world to play Xbox One games like Halo 5: Guardians and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice on smartphones and tablets.
Finally, the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 was unveiled. The Series 2 was designed based on feedback and it has the most passionate gamers in mind.
The Elite Series 2 is the second iteration of the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller and is re-engineered for greater performance, customization, and durability, in includes 30 new and improved features such as adjustable-tension thumbsticks, wraparound rubberized grip, shorter hair-trigger locks, and up to 40 hours of rechargeable battery life.
The Elite Series 2 will launch in 24 markets on Nov. 4 for $179.99 and is available for preorder now.