From Project Scarlett to Xbox Series X, Microsoft Unveils Latest Console
The 2019 Game Awards kicked off on Thursday night and there was plenty to be excited about. There were lots of trailers for new games, launch dates announcements, sequel previews, and no short of celebrity gamers in the crowd. But the star of the night, by far, was the new Xbox Series X.
Microsoft’s vice president of gaming, Phil Spencer, didn’t leave us waiting too long before peeling back the curtain on what we’ve been referring to as Project Scarlett for the last six months. Up until that point, all we really knew was that the next-gen console (which was first announced at E3) would support 8K resolution at 120fps, come with HDMI 2.1 support allowing for the transfer of 8K60 and 4K120 HDR graphics, and it would run on a custom AMD processor. What we didn’t have was a name or any idea what the thing would look like. Judging by the Xbox One X, which was designed to be as small as possible, one would think the Xbox Series X would follow suit. But boy were we wrong.
The Xbox Series X looks way more like a PC than any Xbox console ever made. The only thing that makes it feel somewhat more like a console is the fact that it can be used in both vertical and horizontal orientations. And while size doesn’t necessarily guarantee performance, Spencer said the design allowed them to pack in four times the processing power of Xbox One X in the most quiet and efficient way possible.
As was already shared, the Xbox Series X will support 8K gaming and can handle 4K visuals at 60 fps. Additionally, the console will offer hardware-accelerated ray tracing and variable refresh rate. Its Xbox Series X GPU and solid-state storage will make for faster load speeds. There will also be an Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Dynamic Latency Input (DLI) making the Xbox Series X “the most responsive console ever.”
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The next generation will also continue to accept discs, and will be backwards compatible all the way to the original Xbox, despite its being built “for a future in the cloud.” Spencer says the Xbox Series X will combine hardware and software to “make it as easy as possible to bring great games to both console and elsewhere.”
Oh yea, and the Series X will come with a brand new controller. The new shape and size of the controller will accommodate a wider range of people, and it'll feature a Share button for screenshots and game clips. It’ll also work with the Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs.
We’re still waiting on a price and an exact launch date besides the vague “Holiday 2020” window, but it’s nice to finally be able to put a face and a name to the latest Xbox console.