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Sunday, June 9, 2019

E3 2019 ARTICLE: Next-Gen Xbox Console Is Called Scarlett, Releases In 2020

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Microsoft's E3 2019 press conference brought us plenty of news, but undoubtedly the biggest announcement was that the company's new Xbox console, Scarlett, is real. For now, it's known as Project Scarlett, and Microsoft confirmed the new Xbox device will launch in Holiday 2020.

The company also announced Halo: Infinite will be a Scarlett launch title, which marks the first time a Halo game has been a launch Xbox game since the original Halo: Combat Evolved for the first Xbox.

Microsoft kept many of its Scarlett cards close to its chest, electing instead to mostly talk about its internal hardware. The console, which is yet to receive a final name, will be "four times" more powerful than the Xbox One X, Microsoft says. The company went on to say Scarlett contains a custom-engineered AMD processor and will be capable of both 8K resolution, 120 frames per second framerates, and variable refresh rates. It also supports ray-tracing and the system is equipped with a solid-state drive (SSD), something Sony has touted about PS5. Microsoft noted that the SSDS will be used as virtual RAM. The console has a custom AMD Zen 2 CPU, Radeon RDNA architecture, and GDDR6 RAM.

Scarlett was touted as a "bigger leap than any generation we've done before." Xbox boss Phil Spencer also described it as the "most powerful and highest performance console we've ever designed." Microsoft also very deliberately made it clear the system is designed explicitly for gaming, a notable difference from how the Xbox One was originally unveiled.

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