During the Xbox E3 2019 press conference Microsoft officially unveiled their next console. The as yet unnamed Project Scarlett will feature up to 8K resolutions and a solid state drive for instant load times. According to head of Xbox Phil Spencer it’s “the most powerful and highest performing console we’ve ever designed.”

The talking heads video reveal also announced a release window: Holiday 2020.

What we know about Project Scarlett:

  • Custom-built AMD processor – about 4 times more powerful than Xbox One X.
  • GDDR 6 RAM
  • Solid State Drive
  • Support for up to 8K resolution- (native 4K at 60fps), 120 frames per second.
  • Ray tracing with hardware acceleration.
  • Launch Title: Halo Infinite
  • Fully Backwards Compatible with Xbox One, Xbox 360, and original Xbox.
  • Focus on digital games and cloud streaming but will include a physical optical drive.

Microsoft has yet to announce a price or confirm any games other than Halo Infinite. The technical specs sound very similar to the yet unofficially announced PlayStation 5, with a solid state drive to eliminate load times.

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