Sun. Sep 25th, 2022

LOS ANGELES – After an extremely brief tease during last year’s E3 presentation, Microsoft today revealed the first details of the Xbox One successor, tentatively called “Project Scarlett”. The hardware will launch in the 2020 holiday season, the company said.

Much like the successor to the PlayStation 4 first discussed earlier this year, shorter loading times are a key focus for Microsoft’s next console hardware. The company said the system will feature high-bandwidth GDDR6 RAM, and a “new generation SSD” will act as “virtual RAM”, leading to “more than 40 times performance gains over the current generation” when it comes to data bus bandwidth . That means you can “move through worlds without waiting for scenes to load”, and the end of those long “fake lift” scenes that hid loading on previous platforms.

Microsoft didn’t go into too much detail about the system’s specially designed AMD processor, but did say it will use “the latest Zen 2 and Navi technology.” The company said the system would be “four times more powerful than the Xbox One X,” with support for 120 fps, variable refresh rate, “real-time hardware-accelerated ray tracing” and up to 8K resolution. Whether the system can handle all those things at the same timehowever, seems questionable to say the least.

Xbox’s Phil Spencer said Project Scarlett was being developed by the same team behind the Xbox One and Xbox One X and hinted that the company has learned from the less-focused Xbox One rollout. “For us, the console is vital and central to our experience,” he said. “We heard you. A console should be designed and built and optimized for one thing only: gaming.”

While Spencer didn’t discuss features like backwards compatibility onstage, a press release emphasized that “thousands of games across four console generations will look and play their best on Project Scarlett.” In a video presentation onstage, the company also hinted that “your games, your achievements, your progress, your accessories, your console experience with Xbox: it all comes through with Scarlett.”

By akfire1

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