Microsoft had plenty of things to talk about during the Xbox E3 press conference, but one of the most important announcements came at the end of the briefing when the company finally revealed the first details of its Xbox plans, codenamed Scarlett. In fact, Scarlett may refer to several consoles – the company has confirmed that the next generation system will be launched in the holiday 2020 period.
Microsoft has also announced that Halo: Infinite will be a launch title for Scarlett, which marks the first time a Halo game is an Xbox game release since the original Halo: Combat Evolved for the first Xbox.
Microsoft has kept many of its Scarlett cards close to its chest, choosing to talk primarily about its internal hardware. The console, which has not yet received the final name, will be "four times" more powerful than Xbox One X, according to Microsoft. The company even said that Scarlett contains an AMD custom engineered processor and will be capable of 8K resolutions, frame rates of 120 frames per second, and variable refresh rates. It also supports ray-tracing and the system is equipped with a solid state drive (SSD), something that Sony has already released on the PS5. Microsoft has noted that SSDS will be used as virtual RAM. The console has a custom AMD Zen 2 CPU, Radeon RDNA architecture and GDDR6 RAM.
One detail missing from the Xbox press conference, which we've learned since then, is that Scarlett has a disk drive, allowing you to play physical disks. It will also support all your existing games and accessories on the Xbox One.
Scarlett was singled out as a "leap bigger than any generation we've ever done before." Xbox boss Phil Spencer also described it as "the most powerful and highest-performing console we've ever designed." Microsoft also deliberately made it clear that the system is designed explicitly for gaming, a noticeable difference from the original release of the Xbox One.
For more information on the new device, read our exhaustive look at Scarlett's hardware specs or our comprehensive pre-E3 article on everything we know about the Scarlett Xbox – including the rumored budget alternative. Our previous understanding of the next generation Xbox scene was that Microsoft has more than one system coming in – similar to how we have the Xbox One S and Xbox One X more powerful. Scarlett was reported as the most powerful of the next generation. systems, and is the only one that was discussed during the conference.
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