Microsoft have dropped a huge amount of details over the next generation of Xbox console hardware, reeling off a list of impressive sounding specs. Not only that, but they’ve put a date on it: Xbox Project Scarlett will be coming out in Holiday 2020.
Here’s what we now know about the console currently known by its codename Project Scarlett:
- CPU – AMD Zen 2 architecture
- GPU – AMD Radeon Navi with dedicated hardware ray-tracing
- RAM – GDDR6
- Storage – SSD
All told, it’s four times more powerful than the Xbox One X in pure processing power. The console will be able to hit up to 120fps, as well as output at up to 8K resolutions, though obviously we shouldn’t expect it to do so for every game out there. Part of the next step for the console will be how they use the next-gen SSD storage that’s up to 40 times faster than a spinning drive as found in the current generation. They explain that they’re using it as a kind of virtual RAM buffer, implying that games won’t be installed to the SSD itself, but rather held there temporarily and still live on spinning drives.
If all of that sounds like an echo of what Sony announced a couple months ago, but it seems like Microsoft might be going just that little bit further. Certainly they’ve mentioned the hardware-based ray-tracing tech, and their step up over the Xbox One X seems insane, if we heard them correctly.