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Microsoft E3 Easter eggs tease mysterious Scarlett Xbox project

Countdown clocks hide hints that tease out the color in the codename for upcoming game console.

Microsoft has been dropping mysterious codes into its E3 countdown videos.

One of the most anticipated reveals at the Electronic Entertainment Expo on Sunday is expected to be news about Microsoft's next upcoming Xbox,  codenamed Scarlett. The company has offered few details so far, but it's apparently been dropping subtle hints in its own teasers posted to the internet. 

Attentive gamers noticed that Microsoft's E3 countdown videos have included mysterious codes in the left corner -- R255, G36 and B0 -- the RGB code for the bright red color scarlet.

Microsoft reportedly rewarded an "eagled eyed" gamer who noticed the Easter egg with a free month of its subscription-based service Xbox Game Pass.

Rumors suggest the company is working on two game consoles under the Scarlett umbrella – an entry-level unit on par with the Xbox One S, codenamed Lockhart, and a high-end Xbox One X equivalent, referred to as Anaconda.

The company has kept mum on the details so far but may be ready to pull back the curtain a bit during its press conference Sunday, which will be held at the appropriately named Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, starting at 1 p.m. PT (4 p.m. ET).

Microsoft is also expected to announce Halo Infinite, the latest installment in the company's multibillion-dollar space war epic that helped launch the original Xbox two decades ago.  We also expect to hear more news on Gears 5, the latest in its other well-regarded (but very different) Gears of War space epic series. We should also hear more details on its Game Pass for PC service.

Microsoft declined to comment.

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