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.