As the annual E3 festivities begin to take place in Los Angeles, various companies within the gaming industry have begun drumming their presence at the event. Microsoft is one of the first to offer several big announcements at the event including details regarding their next-generation Xbox console.
Codenamed as Project Scarlett, the announcement today has revealed a number of details which have been circling the rumour mill for quite some time. Among them is the confirmation that Project Scarlett is powered by a custom processor from AMD.
Just like the next-generation Sony PlayStation, the custom chip also contains a Zen 2-based CPU alongside a Radeon Navi GPU which is based on the newly announced RDNA architecture. Similarly, Microsoft has also stated that Project Scarlett will be able to deliver framerate of up to 120fps, real-time hardware-accelerated ray tracing and resolution of up to 8K.
Alongside GDDR6 memory, Project Scarlett will also be equipped with solid state drive that Microsoft will partially utilize as the console’s virtual RAM. All in all, the new console has 4x more processing power than Xbox One X and 40x faster when it comes to storage performance.
The company also pointed out that Project Scarlett will be able to support four generations of contents which is definitely a reference to its backward compatibility. However, gamers still have to wait for quite some time though to get their hands on the next-gen Xbox as Project Scarlett will only be released during the latter part of 2020 alongside the newly announced Halo Infinite game.