The next Xbox is in the wild, connecting to current-gen Xbox One players

Enlarge / We’d prefer to use an official image of the console, but we won’t have one of those until Xbox chief Phil Spencer invites us over to his house. And, ya know, Ars tech culture editor Sam Machkovech lives down the block in Seattle, so… (credit: Xbox)

A late Wednesday post from the leader of Microsoft’s Xbox team, Phil Spencer, confirmed that the first “Project Scarlett” console is officially in the wild, ahead of its late 2020 launch window. And it appears that current Xbox One players have already unknowingly connected to it.

“And it’s started,” Spencer posted on his Twitter account on Tuesday. “This week, I brought my Project Scarlett console home and it’s become my primary console, playing my games, connecting to the community and yes, using my Elite Series 2 controller, having a blast.”

Without any extra posts or clarification as of press time, we can only surmise so much from this single statement. But it’s admittedly dense. Primarily, it affirms a few details that Spencer and the Xbox team have previously announced about Project Scarlett, the current codename for the unnamed successor to the Xbox One console.

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