Project Scarlett: Microsoft talks about the next Xbox console’s huge CPU boost

Brad Stephenson

Xbox One at E3 2018

During Gamescom 2019, Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg, the current Xbox general manager, spoke with OXM and elaborated a bit on what kind of CPU power gamers can expect from the company’s upcoming next gen Xbox console, currently going by the codename of Project Scarlett.

“We feel good about what we’ve done with the Xbox One X, and the same team that built that is also building Project Scarlett. What we’re seeing today is a huge upgrade in GPU – you can output in 4K, a lot of other benefits, memory structure and so on,” Greenberg said before commenting on Scarlett’s potential CPU levels. “For next-gen, I think you’ll see a big upgrade in CPU because we want to make sure you don’t have any compromises with frame rate. Yes we can do 4K, but we can also do frame rates up to 120. I think that type of capability will be something people don’t see today. And then the high-speed instant gaming using solid state drives to enable instant resume, getting into games and being able to play by removing load times and load screens that exist today. That’s going to be a huge change.”

While the next Xbox console have more powerful CPU and GPU than the current Xbox One family of consoles isn’t exactly a surprise, it is interesting to see what kind of benchmarks Microsoft is targeting in terms of gameplay and system features.

Confirmed detailed specs and an official name for Project Scarlett are expected to be revealed during 2020’s E3 with the console releasing sometime before the end of the year in Holiday 2020. It’s currently been confirmed that the next Xbox will indeed have a physical disk drive and will also support all current Xbox One controllers. It also won’t be Microsoft’s final console.

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