Xbox Head Phil Spencer Shows Off a Picture of the Next-Gen Xbox's Processor on Twitter

Xbox Head Phil Spencer Shows Off a Picture of the Next-Gen Xbox's Processor on Twitter

Phil Spencer's new avatar is also his good luck charm.

Xbox Head Phil Spencer has a Series X at home and, now that he's back from a holiday vacation, he's set a picture of the next Xbox's chipset as his new Twitter avatar. It's our first look at an internal component of the new console, following last month's reveal of the Series X's PC tower-like design at The Game Awards.

There's nothing concrete about specs that can be gleaned from a photo of a console's accelerated processing unit (APU), let alone one as low resolution as Spencer's new avatar, but there are still some intriguing details on the unit's surface. First, it has the Project Scarlett name emblazoned on it. Second, just as Microsoft proudly inscribed "4K" on Xbox One X's APU—first seen back before it had shed the Project Scorpio moniker—the Series X unit has "8K" on its surface.

Back at the Project Scarlett reveal during E3 2019, Microsoft announced that the upcoming Xbox would support 8K resolution, a feature that was touted once again with the Series X unveiling at The Game Awards. Microsoft says the Series X's custom-designed AMD processor will also support frame rates of up to 120 FPS, variable refresh rate, hardware accelerated ray tracing, and variable rate shading.

In response to a Portugese Xbox fan account, Spencer says he's keeping the processing unit with him until the console ships. "Worked well for Scorpio, my lucky 'coin,'" writes Spencer, who's also already been using a Project Scarlett console as his "primary console" at home for over a month.

A recent report from Kotaku says that the Project Scarlett codename still refers to two in-development next generation systems in what Microsoft is simply calling the Xbox line of hardware. The Series X, reportedly codenamed Anaconda, is said to be the more powerful of the two, while a unit codenamed Lockhart would be discless and target a standard 1440p at 60 FPS instead of the Series X's 4K/60.

For more on what we know about the next Xbox so far, read our rundown of everything revealed with last month's public unveiling.

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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