Microsoft Unveils Next-Gen Xbox Details

Posted on June 9, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Games, Xbox One with 27 Comments

Microsoft is today giving us our first look at the future of Xbox. At E3, Microsoft is revealing details on the next-gen Xbox console, codenamed Scarlett.

“It eats monsters for breakfast”, Microsoft’s Kareem Choudhry said, teasing the power of the next-gen console. The new console will be powered by a custom-designed processor, leveraging AMD’s Zen 2 and Radeon RDNA architecture. The new processor on the Xbox Scarlett will make the console 4x faster than the current generation.

The new console is powered by GDDR6 RAM and is capable of powering 120fps gameplay, as well as 8K. “This generation is going to be a bigger leap than any generation before”, Microsoft claimed.

Microsoft’s Phil Spencer said the new console is design for one thing and one thing only: gaming. The company has built next-gen SSDs for the new console that are used as virtual RAM, allowing for 40% performance increases over the current generation consoles, and faster game load times. It will also feature variable refresh rate support and ultra-low latency input.

“Unmatched power and speed ushers in a new level of gameplay performance and the future of gaming. With four generations of content that looks and feels unlike anything before,” Microsoft said, focusing on the quality of the gameplay on its next-gen console. And that’s not a surprise at all — Scarlett comes with real-time, hardware-accelerated ray-tracing that should make gameplay look absolutely stunning.

“With Project Scarlett, we continue our commitment to compatibility by ensuring your gaming accessories and Xbox career will also move forward with you, along with thousands of games across four console generations which will look and play best on Project Scarlett,” the company said at E3. The promises made here are quite incredible, so we will just have to wait till Holiday 2020 when it launches along with Halo Infinite.

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27 responses to “Microsoft Unveils Next-Gen Xbox Details”

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    Tony Barrett

    I love how in this reveal, Spencer only talks of 'gaming'. MS had much bigger plans for the XB1 at the 2013 reveal, and barely mentioned gaming - queue one massive failure that it never recovered from. The XB1 was also underpowered compared to the PS4 which didn't help. I guess MS don't want to make that mistake again, but it has a mountain to climb, as Sony will be going toe-to-toe with them all the way, and are likely to have a long list of AAA exclusives which MS doesn't. Halo and Forza again will likely be Microsoft's stalwart titles at launch. It's also highly likely MS will push subscription services heavily as part of the new console - maybe you'll have to have a subscription just to use it - it's very possible.

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    mattbg

    "Your XBox career" :)

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    Rob_Wade

    I'm no more excited for Scarlett than I was for the One X. We don't have a 4K television--and no plans to get one anytime soon since our current 60in HDTV is only a couple of years old--so that aspect is a non-player for us. Our current Xbox One has Kinect, which we rely on a lot, so that also means the Scarlett is unable to meet our need in that respect (although one might assume it COULD support a Kinect if you buy the extra adapter...but it's not explicitly stated). And, if I understood the announcement, it seems like they are completely dumping any of the media center-like capability that remains the exclusive reason we have an Xbox One in the first place (since I only game on PC). Finally, unless I missed it, I saw nothing about supporting VR (which is among the reasons I game only on PC).

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      MikeCerm

      In reply to Rob_Wade:

      The Xbox is a game console, so if you don't play games on it then why even have it at all? The Xbox One uses about 80 watts when playing video. A Roku or Android TV box does all the same stuff (except disc playback), uses about 5 watts. Why not just use one of those?


      If you do play games, even with a 1080p TV, the One X (and Scarlett) are a big improvement over the original Xbox One. Many games that are limited to 30 FPS on One and One S will play at 60 FPS on One X. Some older games that are 720p or less (like 360 and original Xbox back-compat. games) are upscaled by One X, but are limited to their original resolution on One and One S. Games that have been optimized for the One X -- and there are many -- will look way better even at 1080p.


      But if you don't play games, then of course a new game console will not appeal to you.

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    Greg Green

    next-gen SSDs for the new console that are used as virtual RAM”


    Does this mean they’re still relying on traditional hard drives and the SSD acts like Optane? That means initial loading of a new game or level will still be a chore until it’s established itself on the SSD.

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    Patrick3D

    120Hz, wow, gaming like it's 1999.

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    Daekar

    And to think, I am still playing games at 1080p. I wonder what the framerate will be at that resolution?

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    m_p_w_84

    Are we supposed to understand when Holiday 2020 is?

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    Stooks

    Day one purchase, just like my Scorpion.

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    MikeGalos

    You've got a pretty big typo in that transcript on the SSD performance, Mehedi...


    You have "The company has built next-gen SSDs for the new console that are used as virtual RAM, allowing for 40% performance increases over the current generation consoles,"


    That's not supposed to be 40% performance increases. That's 40 TIMES performance increases.


    That's stated at the 2 minute mark of the video.


    Kind of a big difference.

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    skane2600

    Talking heads is never a great way to introduce a technology product.

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    hassan_timite

    Well, We don't get a lot from the E3 regarding Scarlett.

    Though there is at least an interesting hint in the video. One person says that Scarlett eats monster for breakfast. Was it a subtile way to say that Scarlett should blow the PS5 that many call a monster ?

    Moreover there is something that Phil Spencer says which could imply that Microsoft has a more important budget than what many think for the Xbox Scarlett project. He stated that the same technolgoy will also be used in their datacenters.

    Now regarding the use of SSD for VRAM. I am wondering if it wouldn't be better and cheaper to use relatively cheap RAM as VRAM ?

    I mean assuming that the main RAM is GDDR6, is it not possible to have a second pool of GDDR4 or even GDDR3 for VRAM ?



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