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.

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Matt Kim

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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.

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