Microsoft has revealed the first details on its next-generation console, codenamed Project Scarlett.
The new console will arrive in time for the 2020 holiday season, meaning we’re around 18 months away from playing Microsoft’s vision of next-gen.
The system will be based on a custom-designed system on a chip that Microsoft has co-engineered in partnership with AMD, based Zen 2 and Navi technology. From a “pure power” standpoint, the SOC will be four times more powerful than that in the Xbox One X. In addition, the system will include GDDR6 RAM and a new generation solid-state hard drive capable of being used as virtual RAM. Microsoft says this setup will offer up to a 40 percent performance increase over Xbox One, with framerates up to 120 frames per second, 8K resolution, and support for real-time ray-tracing graphics.
Impressively, Microsoft says that Project Scarlett will support full backward compatibility across four generations of console gaming. That means that games from the original Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Scarlett-native titles will all be playable on the console.
Project Scarlett, real name still to be announced, arrives holiday 2020.