Microsoft has a lot of unveils to make at its Xbox E3 2019 press conference, but one of the huge reveals came close to the end of the report. The tech giant announced the first specifications for its upcoming Xbox console, allegedly going by the name of Xbox Scarlett.
The system does not, however, have an official name, but Microsoft did note that the console will be released in the year of 2020. The company has also revealed that Halo: Infinite will be an Xbox Scarlett game, which makes it the first time a Halo title has been released on Xbox since the original Halo: Combat Evolved for the first ever Xbox console.
The tech giant has not unveiled much about the new console, choosing to detail its internal hardware mainly. The Xbox Scarlett console, which still has to receive an official name, will be ‘four times’ more powerful than the Xbox One X, the company stated. Microsoft commented that Scarlett includes a custom-engineered AMD processor and will be able of both 8K resolution, 120 frames per second, and different refresh rates.
Microsoft also revealed some technical specs of the upcoming Xbox Scarlett
The next Xbox Scarlett console also supports ray-tracing, and its system is geared with a solid-state drive (SSD), something that Microsoft’s opponent, Sony, has vaunted about its upcoming PlayStation 5. Microsoft stated that the SSDS would be utilized as a virtual RAM. Xbox Scarlett has a custom AMD Zen 2 CPU, Radeon RDNA architecture, and GDDR6 RAM.
The console has said to be a more significant jump than any generation the company has developed before. Xbox CEO Phil Spencer also said with regards to the console: ‘the most powerful and highest performance console we’ve ever designed.’ Microsoft has quite purposely made it clear that the system is created specifically for gaming, an essential difference from how the Xbox One was initially announced.
Prior understanding of the next-generation Xbox scenario was that the company would launch more than one system, similar to the Xbox One S and the more powerful Xbox One X. Scarlett was said to be the more powerful system among the next-generation consoles, and it is the only one that was detailed at the conference.
Katie Tachuck is a reporter for News Lair. After graduating from UCLA, Katie got an internship at a local radio station and worked as a investigative journalist and producer. Katie has also worked as a columnist for the The Santa Fe New Mexican. Katie covers economy and community events for News Lair.