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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  • Opencg - Monday, June 10, 2019 - link

    it based on the cost of navi being so much lower than rtx cards. 2070 performance will only be 250-$300. lower due to console contracts, and even lower due the price being supplemented by microsoft. in the end 2080/1080ti performance is easily within reach for this generation of consoles. Reply
  • ITRocksYaSocks - Monday, June 10, 2019 - link

    We are talking 'bout SoC's do we? Sorry to burst your bubble.

    Anf Navi costing Polaris Prices? Sorry to burst yoour bubble again.
  • mode_13h - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - link

    FWIW, 1st gen PS3 supposedly burned 380 W. PS4 launched at 250 W.

    Of course, that's system-level. But, I wouldn't say 180 W is max. I mean Navi RX 5700X is 225 W and 8-core Ryzen 2 is shipping at between 65 W and 105 W. My guess is they'll clock the CPU lower, but I don't see how the GPU die can burn much less than that 225 W number and still hit the performance goals they've outlined.
  • AshlayW - Sunday, June 09, 2019 - link

    Of course it wont play PC-quality max settings 4K at anywhere near 60FPS. More like 30FPS. Either way the GPU doesn't excite me as much has the CPU. Jaguar really is a piece of poop, even Zen1 has like 2X the IPC and 75% higher clock speeds. Reply
  • AshlayW - Sunday, June 09, 2019 - link

    Anywhere near 120FPS* Reply
  • mode_13h - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - link

    Given that AMD's RTX 2070-equivalent Navi will launch at the price of an entire console ($450), I'm not sure how they're going to pack a RTX 2080-equivalent in there. I guess they have a year for 7 nm and GDDR6 to get cheaper, but then you have to account for additional die space to add on HW ray tracing that the RX 5700X doesn't have.

    So... I'll believe 2080-level performance when I see it.
  • ITRocksYaSocks - Sunday, June 09, 2019 - link

    It's them basically just saying we have HDMI2.1 support. Reply
  • nathanddrews - Sunday, June 09, 2019 - link

    Correct. VRR, 8K, 4K, 120Hz, HDR. Even if this is 8K30, 4K60, 1080p120, 1440p120, 1800p120,or 4K120, I think we'll see it all depending on the game. I was excited to hear that all our games AND peripherals will be compatible. Reply
  • Opencg - Monday, June 10, 2019 - link

    if it can do 4k60 thats the same number of pixels per second as 1080p240 Reply
  • ITRocksYaSocks - Sunday, June 09, 2019 - link

    DXR support sounds nice. Too bad it's still Navi based thou. Reply

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