Today at E3 Phil Spencer of Microsoft announced Project Scarlett, which is their next generation console and brings some massive performance increases over even the already powerful Xbox One X.

Once again partnering with AMD, Xbox Project Scarlett is, according to Microsoft, the biggest single generation leap in performance they’ve ever delivered, and it starts with its SoC. AMD is leveraging Zen 2 CPUs cores coupled with a Navi-based GPU. And while we don’t have the expected performance figures yet, these components are a big step up over the current generation.

Xbox One X is still based on Jaguar CPUs, which are a limiting factor, and adding Zen 2 is going to be an incredible step up in CPU performance, which has been the limiting factor of the Xbox One X. Coupling that with a Navi based GPU with hardware based Ray Tracing should provide a level of fidelity far above even the Xbox One X. Microsoft’s target for Project Scarlett was announced as 120 FPS (which we assume is at 4K) but also variable refresh rate, and support for up to 8K on the hardware. Microsoft states this console will be four times more powerful than the Xbox One X.

Microsoft is also going to be offering an internal SSD for the first time ever, and they discussed at length how they are going to leverage it to reduce the load times in games, which are a major block to immersion at the moment especially on consoles. Microsoft will be using some of the SSD as a RAM cache as well.

Microsoft also stated that they will continue to their tradition of moving gamers and the games they own onwards with this new launch, so existing Xbox One games and the back-catalog of backwards compatibility games will continue to be playable on the new console as well.

Project Scarlett will be launching in Holiday 2020 along with a new version of Halo to commemorate the launch. Not all details are available yet but we’ll keep you up to date when we hear more.



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  • TheUnhandledException - Monday, June 10, 2019 - link

    What magical ponies were you expecting from a $300 to $500 PC which is what consoles are. I mean baring Microsoft or Sony finding some unobtanium they aren't going to cram 24 TFlops into something that has a pricetag of <$500 and pulls less than 200W. Reply
  • mode_13h - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - link

    The wildcard would be some custom hardware block that MS could stick in there. Like, they could build their own raytracing accelerator. Remember how they built a custom HPU, in the Hololens? They have their own hardware team, for that sort of thing. Reply
  • V900 - Monday, June 10, 2019 - link

    Welp, guess all the guesses about the next Xbox using an Arcturus (Or other real RDNA) GPU were wrong.

    XBoxNext=PS5=Midrange 2018 PC. Only difference will be a few percent difference in clockspeed or something like that.
  • Eliadbu - Monday, June 10, 2019 - link

    makes me wonder how did they calculate "4 times more powerful that the Xbox One x"
    since assuming that there are no major tweaks to the CPU and GPU architecture Navi top card would have around 9.75 Tflop and let say they scale it up teak somethings around and in real world use get it to be around twice as fast as Xbox one X GPU (which is already at 6Tflops) so where the other performance comes out? the CPU ? let say the CPU is twice faster so they can relate to the performance improvement as equal to CPU performance improvement * GPU performance improvement. does it make any sense ? IMO it does not and the should be clear how much faster the CPU ALONE and the GPU ALONE and not give some vague statement "4 times as powerful" or give real world benchmark comparison for general usecase that can show 4 times improvement .
  • eastcoast_pete - Monday, June 10, 2019 - link

    The only way this is "4x more powerful" is on CPU compute power. Yes, 8 Zen-type cores should be about 4 times as powerful as the "custom Jaguar" cores. Now, if the GPU would be 4x the speed of the one in the Xbox One X, that'd be something to really write home about! Reply
  • mode_13h - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - link

    Yes, it must be CPU. And Zen2-type cores, that is. Reply
  • mode_13h - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - link

    > Microsoft states this console will be four times more powerful than the Xbox One X.

    Um, four times *as* powerful? Probably what they meant.

    ...maybe, if you're talking about just the CPU. It's hard for me to see how they could get such a big jump in GPU performance, without the entire console costing at least 2x as much.
  • qwertymac93 - Thursday, June 13, 2019 - link

    Is it really necessary to have a video I didn't click on autoplay as soon as the page loads? why waste my bandwidth on a video ad I didn't click on and isn't even really relevant? This is an xbox article and I'm getting a video on how to choose the right SSD. I have five SSDs already, convinced by real articles written by Anand the man himself, I don't need a video to tell me SSDs are faster than hard drives, and I certainly don't need ANOTHER video to autoload right after and start playing too. If I leave this page open in the background how many videos are you guys gonna load? 50 videos in a loop and eat up gigs of bandwidth? WTH! Reply
  • Vitor - Sunday, June 16, 2019 - link

    They are aiming for 4k/60fps on all games. I just hope they also offer 1080p/120fps option. Reply
  • mode_13h - Friday, June 21, 2019 - link

    Those "helpful" videos are just a way to force-feed you youtube ads. Reply

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