Xbox Series X is the name of Xbox Project Scarlett...

Dec 22, 2017
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Xbox Project Scarlett is the next-gen Xbox Two you've been waiting for

There’s a new Xbox on the way, and it’s called the Xbox Project Scarlett.

Or at least that's its codename. Microsoft finally announced its next-generation Xbox console during its big E3 2019 keynote conference, and it's looking set to be a monster.

“For us, the console is vital and central to our experience. A console should be designed, and built and optimised for one thing, and one thing only – gaming,” said Xbox boss Phil Spencer, showing the company's renewed commitment to making the very best games console it can first and foremost, after the mixed messaging of its flawed Xbox One launch.

“This decisive moment of discovery is etched in your gaming history.

“We on Team Xbox will always be dedicated to delivering the best new games for you to discover. This right now is the single most creative and energising time in gaming history. Games and gamers can be a significant unifying force for the world.”

Xbox Project Scarlett specs and release date
Using custom-designed processor from AMD making use of Zen 2 and Navi architecture, Xbox Project Scarlett will be 4x more powerful than the Xbox One X. It'll be possible of running games at 120Hz frame rates, at potential 8K resolutions, while also showcasing fancy real-time ray-tracing tech. It's the works.

An SSD will come as standard, as with the PS5, which will give it the option of using its storage system as virtual RAM, as well as lifting load time performance by a factor of 40x. That'll let developers stream in far more detailed worlds around a player. In terms of 'standard' RAM, the console will pack in a meaty GDDR6.

Halo Infinite will be a launch title, bringing back the Master Chief, but you want be wanting for games to play at launch. Xbox Project Scarlett will be capable of three generations of backwards compatibility. So, as well as Scarlett-era games, it'll also play games from the Xbox One, the Xbox 360, and the very first generation of the Xbox.

Expect to see the Xbox Project Scarlett console launch in the "holiday" window of 2020.

We'll have more soon – hopefully including a firm release date, and a real name for the console. Keep in mind that all the rumors pointed to their being two new Xbox consoles on the way, codenamed Anaconda and Lockheart, the former being high end (likely what we've seen here) and the latter being a cheaper, streaming-focussed solution. Time will tell if that's still Microsoft's plan, but one thing's for certain – it's throwing down the gauntlet for Sony's PlayStation 5 to take on.



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Dec 22, 2017
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The Master Chief returns in Halo Infinite – the next chapter of the legendary franchise launching holiday 2020 with Project Scarlett.

Developed by 343 Industries for Xbox One, Windows 10, and Project Scarlett, Halo Infinite continues the Halo 5: Guardians storyline and takes the franchise in ambitious, unexpected directions.

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Feb 17, 2017
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I'm old enough to remember the PS2 Emotion Engine Hype train. I don't buy shit until I see games. And even then I'll probably wait. Halo 5 burned me. Whole promo run was Spartan versus Spartan then we get one cutscene before it's off to fight Cortana robots.
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Dec 20, 2017
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I actually like that PS5 look, shits nice but these are unofficial right?
That's what the dev kit looks like. Final design never looks like the dev kit thus far in history.

Dec 22, 2017
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If The New Leaks Are Accurate, Microsoft’s Next-Gen Xbox Could Be A Monster

Microsoft has played it close to the vest with regard to the capabilities of its next-gen Xbox codenamed Project Scarlett but news has leaked. Windows Central reports what it characterizes as a “credible idea” of Project Scarlett’s specs based on information from “multiple sources”. If these leaks are accurate, the top-tier next-gen Xbox could be a monster.

Project Scarlett appears to be an umbrella term for two versions of Microsoft’s next-gen Xbox. The premier model is codenamed “Anaconda” while the less expensive variant is called “Lockhart”. It’s expected that Anaconda and Lockhart will launch together during the 2020 holiday season but like almost everything else reported here, that hasn’t been confirmed by Microsoft.

Windows Central reports Anaconda is targeting 12 teraflops (TFLOPs) of compute power. FLOP stands for floating-point operations per second; a TFLOP is a trillion FLOPs. That’s 1012 FLOPs, an unimaginably large number. To get a rough idea of just how big that number is, if each FLOP was a mile, 12 TFLOPs would be roughly equivalent to 65,000 round trips between the earth and the sun. Per second.

Lockhart is targeting 4 TFlOPs. For comparison, the Xbox One X comes in at 6 and the One S hits 1.4 TFLOPs.

Anaconda is projected to have massive compute power, but comparison of current-gen consoles has shown that TFLOPS alone is not a good measure of expected performance. The One X’s 6 TFLOPS is approximately 43% more than the PS4 Pro’s 4.2 and yet the One X blows the Pro out of the water in many direct comparisons of cross-platform games. For example, the One X renders Red Dead Redemption 2 at twice the resolution of the Pro (a 100% increase).

The CPU in both Anaconda and Lockhart is expected to feature 8 cores with clock speeds around 3.5GHz, about 52% faster that the One X’s 2.3GHz. Anaconda is thought to carry 13GB RAM for gaming with an additional 3GB for the operating system. RAM for Lockhart is unknown.

Overall performance for both consoles will be affected by other factors such as a blazingly fast SSD and improved I/O (Input/Output) along with unknown proprietary hardware and software optimization throughout the system.

The new consoles are more powerful than their current-gen counterparts but they will play both current-gen games and the entire Xbox catalog of back compatible games. Project Scarlett is also expected to feature HDMI 2.1 which means full support for variable refresh rate and automatic low latency mode both of which contribute to markedly improved gameplay.

This is all very exciting but Microsoft hasn’t confirmed the nittty-gritty details and we’re a year away from launch. What we’ll get with Anaconda and Lockhart may be close to these specs but who knows. What we do know is that Microsoft has the expertise to build a superlative console. The One X is an engineering marvel and if Project Scarlett meets that high standard, next-gen gaming is going to be awesome.