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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  • boozed - Sunday, June 09, 2019 - link

    Ding ding ding! Reply
  • azfacea - Sunday, June 09, 2019 - link

    bad idea. closed platform lots of evils down the road. look what sony is already doing to playstation store. get lured in and be at the mercy of some corporate AAHHOOOLE with a big multi-chip package up his bbbuuutt.

    PC Masterrace
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  • SlyNine - Monday, June 10, 2019 - link

    But their politics is da good politics. Don't be evil. Reply
  • GreenReaper - Monday, June 10, 2019 - link

    Without the freedom to be evil, being good has no meaning. Reply
  • Thretosix - Monday, June 10, 2019 - link

    I own a PC that I game on. I also own an Xbox One X. When Scarlet releases to build a PC with similar functionality will cost night and day less. Let's be honest as well. This latest lineup of GPU's is not that impressive. I find myself skipping generations because the improvements are to little to care about. Scarlet will be a beast for the price. PC will always be best. Console is starting to make more and more sense for the cost. Perhaps as I get older I'm more of a casual gamer. Reply
  • MadManMark - Monday, June 10, 2019 - link

    Thretosix wrote "Let's be honest as well. This latest lineup of GPU's is not that impressive. I find myself skipping generations because the improvements are to little to care about. Scarlet will be a beast for the price."

    Dude, Scarlet is going to literally be built with componenst (Zen2 and Navi) that are going to be available next month. SO you're comment contradicts itself, if you think Scarlet will be a "beast" when it comes out in 18 months, then by definition the GPUs out this summer are too.
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  • mode_13h - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - link

    First-gen Navi won't have ray tracing or HDMI 2.1. So, it's *not* going to be the same GPU. Reply
  • Showtime - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - link

    If they can somehow get 120hz at 4k with good settings, there will be a lot of pc gamers considering the next Xbox. Especially if pricing stays along the lines of what they have been. $600 can't even buy a GPU that can do 4k 60hz. Reply
  • Valantar - Monday, June 10, 2019 - link

    Jaguar+HDD+GCN is just as much a PC architecture. This still doesn't mean you can use your XBONE or PS4 as a PC (though people have certainly tried!). There's no BIOS/UEFI, no support for standard PC boot procedures, so you'd need a fully custom system firmware to even get it to look for an OS. Not an easy task. Reply
  • Notmyusualid - Monday, June 10, 2019 - link

    +1 / agreed. Reply

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