21 November 2019
After a number of rumors and speculations, Microsoft has finally shared an official glimpse of what 'Project Scarlett' Xbox gaming console will bring to the table. It will be a direct successor to the currently available Xbox One X and as you would expect, the next-gen offering will be packed with as much power as possible.
The Project Scarlett Xbox will be powered by custom-made AMD CPU and graphics processor based on Zen 2 and Radeon RDNA architectures respectively. These will be paired with GDDR6 RAM which will result in a performance that Microsoft is claiming to be four times more powerful than the current-gen console.
One common thing that all gamers, be professional or casual, complain about is loading times which make them wait and spoil the seamless gaming experience. The Xbox team is assuring to get rid of the situation by using SSD storage and replace traditionally used mechanical storage drives. It will be using SSDs for virtual RAM purposes as well which is said to offer up to 40 times performance boost.
Other than these, the next-gen Project Scarlett gaming console will be compatible with 8K gaming, 120 frames per second, variable refresh rate, and offer ray-tracing. These features are impressive on paper but it seems unlikely that there will be a good number of games taking advantage of them. For example, Xbox One X is capable of offering 60fps gaming experience but there are selected gaming titles that make use of the support.
Microsoft ended the tease by revealing that Project Scarlett console will become available during Christmas 2020 holidays which is a little over one year away from today. It will have upcoming Halo Infinite as one of the launch game titles. All other details like other specifications, pricing, more gaming titles, and exact release date will be revealed as the time will pass.
If we compare this information with what Sony has revealed about PlayStation 5 so far, both next-gen consoles are quite comparable. It is also going for 8K gaming, ray-tracking, SSDs, and similar CPU architecture. It seems like there will be a tough competition between the two but we should wait until all details are revealed before making any kind of opinion.