E3 2019: Xbox Scarlett Formally Revealed, Launches Vacation 2020

Microsoft had loads of issues to speak about throughout its press convention at E3 2019 this yr, however one of many extra necessary bulletins got here towards the tip of the briefing, when the corporate lastly revealed the small print for its next-generation Xbox plans, codenamed Scarlett. The truth is, Scarlett may check with a number of consoles–the firm did affirm that the next-gen system will launch within the Vacation 2020 interval.

Microsoft additionally introduced Halo: Infinite will probably be a Scarlett launch title, which marks the primary time a Halo recreation has been a launch Xbox recreation because the unique Halo: Fight Advanced for the primary Xbox.

Microsoft stored a lot of its Scarlett playing cards near its chest, electing as a substitute to principally speak about its inner {hardware}. The console, which is but to obtain a remaining identify, will probably be “4 occasions” extra highly effective than the Xbox One X, Microsoft says. The corporate went on to say Scarlett incorporates a custom-engineered AMD processor and will probably be able to each 8K decision, 120 frames per second framerates, and variable refresh charges. It additionally helps ray-tracing and the system is supplied with a solid-state drive (SSD), one thing Sony has touted about PS5. Microsoft famous that the SSDS will probably be used as digital RAM. The console has a {custom} AMD Zen 2 CPU, Radeon RDNA structure, and GDDR6 RAM.

One element absent from the Xbox press convention that we have since realized is that Scarlett has a disc drive, permitting you to play bodily discs. It’s going to additionally help all of your present Xbox one video games and equipment. Xbox boss Phil Spencer has additionally shared some ideas in a post-conference interview the place he talks about future console generations and never essentially needing you to purchase new {hardware}.

Scarlett was touted in the course of the convention as a “larger leap than any technology we have accomplished earlier than.” Spencer additionally described it because the “strongest and highest efficiency console we have ever designed.” Microsoft additionally very intentionally made it clear the system is designed explicitly for gaming, a notable distinction from how the Xbox One was initially unveiled.

For extra on the brand new system, learn our exhaustive take a look at Scarlett’s {hardware} specs or our complete article from earlier than E3 on every part we find out about Xbox Scarlett–including the rumored price range different. Our earlier understanding of the next-gen Xbox scene was that Microsoft has a couple of system coming–similar to how we now have the Xbox One S and extra highly effective Xbox One X. Scarlett was reported to be the extra highly effective of the next-gen methods, and it is the one one which was mentioned in the course of the convention.

For extra, keep tuned to GameSpot’s E3 roundup hub.

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