Project Scarlett, Xbox's Next-Gen Console Will Support 8K Resolution, 120fps, and Launch With Halo in 2020

Project Scarlett, Xbox's Next-Gen Console Will Support 8K Resolution, 120fps, and Launch With Halo in 2020

The next-gen Xbox will be the most powerful Microsoft console yet.

Microsoft revealed its next-gen Xbox today at its E3 2019 press conference. Project Scarlett is the next-generation Xbox game console and will be Microsoft's most powerful console to date.

Xbox boss Phil Spencer took the stage to unveil the Project Scarlett at E3 2019 today. Microsoft previously revealed that development of the next-gen console was underway at last year's E3 press conference. Since then there have been several rumors regarding the capabilities of the new Xbox.

Spencer confirmed Microsoft's commitment to gaming on stage at E3 2019 today. The focus was heavy on three things: Choice, power, and freedom. A trailer showed several developers to talk about the power of the next-generation Xbox.

Project Scarlett will have specs that push games to 120 fps, next-gen ray tracing, and 8K resolution. Like the PS5 Project Scarlett will have an SSD to speed up load times for games. Project Scarlett will also work with its xCloud streaming service.

Reports suggested that Project Scarlett was in development under the codename Anaconda. Early rumors stated that the next-gen Xbox was actually a family of hardware devices, one more powerful a la the Xbox One X, and the other dedicated to streaming.

The streaming rumor was particularly interesting as Xbox has been making big plays in streaming game services. Microsoft announced its xCloud video game streaming service to compete with Google Stadia, and Xbox Game Pass gives players a library of games for a monthly subscription fee. That service has since been expanded to include PC as well as the Xbox.

Project Scarlett will launch in holiday 2020 with Halo Infinite as a launch title. For more on today's Xbox press conference, check out our Xbox E3 2019 guide for all of today's announcements and news.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Matt Kim

News Editor

Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

In other news

Sam Fisher's Rainbow Six Siege Reveal Is Testing the Patience of Splinter Cell Fans

He's got a show on the way and is popping up in yet another gameā€”but not as its star.

Halo Infinite Is Missing Xbox Series X's Launch

343 says "it is not sustainable" for the team or good for the game itself to release in 2020.

Xbox Series X Will Launch This November, Without Halo Infinite

Microsoft's big next-gen console has a window, but won't have Halo at launch.

3D Realms Reveals Digital Event Featuring a Host of Classic FPS Developers

John Romero, Tim Willits, Cliffy B., and American McGee, to name a few.

Need help?

Call of Duty Modern Warfare Weapons Tier List

Here's our guide compiling the Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2019 weapons list, including all weapon unlock levels, and more.

Borderlands 3 Shift Codes List (August 2020)

All the info you need on getting and redeeming SHiFT Codes in Borderlands 3, plus how to get Golden Keys to earn loot.

Destiny 2 Xenophage Quest - How to Get the New Xenophage Machine Gun

This is how to complete the Destiny 2 Xenophage quest, including all puzzles, and more.

Apex Legends Wattson - Abilities, Skins, How to Win With Wattson Apex Legends

This is our guide to Wattson in Apex Legends, featuring all her legendary skins, new abilities, tips, and more.