Microsoft had a lot to talk about during its press conference at this year's E3 2019, but one of the most important announcements came towards the end of the briefing, when the company finally revealed the details for the his new generation Xbox plans, code-named Scarlett. Indeed, Scarlett could refer to more consoles – the company has confirmed that the next generation system will be launched during the 2020 holiday period.
Microsoft also announced Halo: Infinite will be a Scarlett launch title, which marks the first time that a Halo game has been an Xbox game launching from the original Halo: Combat Evolved for the first Xbox.
Microsoft has kept many of its Scarlett papers close to its chest, choosing instead to talk mainly about its internal hardware. The console, which has yet to receive a final name, will be "four times" more powerful than Xbox One X, says Microsoft. The company went on to say that Scarlett contains a custom-designed AMD processor that will be capable of both 8K resolution, 120 frames per second framerate, and variable refresh rates. It also supports ray tracing and the system is equipped with a solid-state drive (SSD), something that Sony has touted on PS5. Microsoft has noticed that the SSD will be used as virtual RAM. The console has a custom AMD Zen 2 CPU, RDON RDON architecture and GDDR6 RAM.
One detail missing from the Xbox press conference we learned is that Scarlett has a disk drive, which allows you to play physical disks. It also supports all your existing Xbox games and accessories.
Scarlett was advertised as a "bigger leap than any generation we've done before". Even the Xbox boss, Phil Spencer, described it as "the most powerful and best performing console we've ever designed". Microsoft has also deliberately clarified that the system was designed explicitly for games, a noticeable difference from how the Xbox One was originally revealed.
For more information on the new device, read our comprehensive look at Scarlett's hardware specifications or our full E3 premiere article on everything we know about Xbox Scarlett – including the supposed alternative to the budget. Our previous understanding of the new generation Xbox scene was that Microsoft had more than one incoming system – similar to how we have the Xbox One S and the more powerful Xbox One X. Scarlett has been described as the most powerful of the next-gen systems , and it is the only one that was discussed during the conference.
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