Mark the 2020 holiday shopping season on your calendars now. That’s the time the next round of the never-ending console wars will officially commence. We’ve already heard from Sony about what their next-gen console is going to look like and how it’ll perform. And over the weekend we finally got the long-awaited update from Microsoft, which held it’s annual pre-E3 press conference in Los Angeles. There, the company announced Project Scarlett—obviously a working title for now—which will debut in time for Holiday 2020.
Similar to the Sony machine, Microsoft plans to put a lot of emphasis on making Project Scarlett a console that will vastly improve the gameplay experience from the current gen console. Their plan of attack in that regard includes a few tricks that also are set to appear in the next PlayStation console, namely an on board solid state drive that will help to vastly improve in-game load times—up to 40-times faster, the company said.
"We heard you. A console should be built and optimized for one thing and one thing only: Gaming," Xbox chief Phil Spencer said during the press conference.
Additionally, the next Xbox console will reportedly support some intense visual graphics thanks to some custom AMD processing power. Project Scarlett, according to Xbox, will support 8K resolution at 120fps. In order to ship with and support those kids of graphics, the machine will come with HDMI 2.1 support—the recently-released spec that opens up the hi-res cable’s bandwidth capabilities to 48Gbps, allowing for the transfer of 8K60 and 4K120 HDR graphics.
Introducing Project Scarlett:
🔴 Native 4K at 60 FPS, up to 120 FPS
🔴 Next gen SSD = 40x faster than current consoles
🔴 Hardware accelerated ray tracing
🔴 Games, accessories and career come with you
🔴 8K capable
— Xbox ➡️ E3 (@Xbox) June 9, 2019
Along with the announcement of the new console, Xbox dropped 60 new titles, including the marquee name that everyone would have hoped for: Halo Infinite.
And, in other Xbox news, the company previewed their own response to Google Stadia: Project xCloud. The streaming service uses the consumer’s own console as a streaming game server so that they can play their games from anywhere, on the go. With the service, which will be free, the user can stream their entire Xbox One library, including Xbox Game Pass. The new service will go into a preview mode in October.
What We’re Reading
- In other E3 news, Bethesda hosted a massive press conference and dropped endless amounts of trailers for upcoming titles. (CNET)
- Moto Z4 gets solid marks as a mid-range contender, but is it time for the company to reboot the phone? (Gizmodo)
- Google Assistant now offers navigation help in Waze. (Engadget)