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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  • Smell This - Sunday, June 9, 2019 - link

    'Dibs' on front-line beta tester.
    (and I don't do gaming/consoles)
  • Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer - Monday, June 10, 2019 - link

    Hijacking this comment to say that nineteen sponsored links and a video ad between the article and the comment section is just an absolute f--king embarrassment. Of all the tech news sites out there, Anandtech is the only one that I still took seriously, but I really can't anymore.

    FFS you guys allowed a floating banner ad at the bottom of the page with a fake X that, instead of closing the banner, launched the advertised website. Talk about literal clickbait.
  • p1esk - Monday, June 10, 2019 - link

    You've never heard about adblockers?
  • Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer - Monday, June 10, 2019 - link

    You've never heard of people not installing plugins for the browsers on their work computers because they don't want to accidentally leak confidential or export-controlled data?

    Besides, that doesn't help Anandtech remain a viable website. That problem is solved by advertising that is relevant to its readers' interests, presented in a way that doesn't make a tech-savvy readership reach for browser plugins.
  • Hrel - Monday, June 10, 2019 - link

    I turned my adblocker on for anandtech as soon as they started publishing "articles" like this one, that are nothing but advertising blurbs themselves. Wasn't long after Anand left. I used to visit daily, now it's barely monthly.

    All this is to say, its taken you a LONG time to catch up.
  • Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer - Monday, June 10, 2019 - link

    And yet, by sheer coincidence, you're here today, reading this very article, just in time to make yourself momentarily feel better about yourself by talking down to me.
  • aj654987 - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - link

    You've heard about WORKING at work instead of goofing off reading xbox articles?
  • zmatt - Thursday, June 13, 2019 - link

    If your are reading this on your work computer that happens to have ITAR restricted information on it then get the hell off and get back to work. At the very least use a personal device.

    Besides your reasoning is laughable. You are trading the potential for data spillage in one way for the almost certainty its happening in another. You are letting arbitrary javascript from god knows where run in your browser and do whatever it wants. That is far more likely to compromise your machine than an ad blocker is.

    Clearly the best solution is to not browse any sites beyond those needed for work on your work computer.
  • ksec - Sunday, June 9, 2019 - link

    Zen 2 + Navi + SSD, I mean at this point are there any reason why we can't use that as a PC?
  • tk11 - Sunday, June 9, 2019 - link

    Because as a console paying for it doesn't mean you own it.

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