Next-Gen Xbox “Project Scarlett” Coming in 2020

During its briefing at E3 2019, Xbox showcased an impressive line-up of 60 games and revealed the first details of its next-gen gaming console developed under the working title Project Scarlett.

The hardware will feature accelerated raytracing to improve realism, 8K resolution and a variable frame rate that can reach 120 fps. Xbox Project Scarlett will launch holiday 2020 alongside Halo Infinite.

Xbox head Phil Spencer reiterated that the future Xbox hardware is designed, built and optimised for gaming. Xbox famously staggered through E3 back in 2013, receiving backlash after announcing the Xbox One would not focus on gaming but entertainment as a whole. With a focus on gaming from here on out, Project Scarlett looks set to be a worthy competitor for the recently announced PlayStation 5.

For those who understand the technical side of things, Project Scarlett will be powered by a custom-designed processor, leveraging the latest Zen 2 and Radeon RDNA architecture from Xbox’s partners at AMD. Paired with high bandwidth GDDR6 memory, and a next-generation solid state drive, the hardware will provide developers with the power to bring their creative visions to life.

The E3 2019 press conference included a brief video of Halo Infinite titled “Discover Hope.” The footage introduced a new character and the return of series hero Master Chief amidst dire and mysterious circumstances. Halo Infinite will launch on Project Scarlett, PC and Xbox One for anyone who doesn’t want to purchase the new hardware on day one.

Project Scarlett details are currently slim, and the new hardware is still 18 months away. Between now and then, you can rest easy knowing there’s an abundance of great-looking titles on the horizon. First up, Xbox revealed details of the new co-op mode Escape for Gears 5, which launches September 10, 2019.

90’s brawler Battletoads is getting a reboot. George RR Martin is working on a dark fantasy game titled Elden Ring, coming from the developer of the incredibly difficult Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. There’s a horror game set in the Blair Witch universe, and LEGO racing comes to Forza Horizon 4.

Also, the hotly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 scored a new trailer starring none other than John Wick himself Keanu Reeves, who appears in Cyberpunk and popped up live on stage to reveal the game’s release date of April 16, 2020.

It wasn’t all games either, with a trailer for a new model of the Xbox Elite controller, and Xbox Game Pass is coming to PC. For those who want to stream their gaming, so only those outside of Australia with decent internet, Xbox cloud gaming arrives in October 2019.