Microsoft Corp unveiled its next-generation Xbox console on Sunday. This new console is known as “Project Scarlett,” and is set to hit the market by 2020 holiday season. This Xbox console Project was unveiled at during its E3 2019 conference in Los Angeles.
The new device will be four times more powerful than the Xbox One X and powered by an (Advanced Micro Devices) AMD chip. It has the ability to run games at 120FPS and potentially 8K resolutions.
The console will show up to 120 frames per second, or twice the average TV, and include a solid-state drive, Microsoft said, allowing games to load much faster than on its older mechanical hard drives.
“A console should be built and optimized for one thing and one thing only: Gaming,” Xbox head Phil Spencer said during the company’s presentation.”A console should be built and optimized for one thing and one thing only: Gaming,” Xbox head Phil Spencer said during the company’s presentation.
Microsoft is also using fast GDDR6 RAM, that it claims will “usher in resolution and framerates we’ve never seen before.”
The company said its new Xbox will launch with the company’s popular video game Halo Infinite.
Microsoft also said its game-streaming service “Project xCloud” will go into preview in October.
The company also promised that a new feature will be added to the console. This will allow users to stream games directly from their own Xbox console, instead of Microsoft’s servers, the company said.
“Two months ago we connected all Xbox developers to Project xCloud,” Phil Spencer, Microsoft’s executive vice president for gaming, said. “Now, the console streaming service will “turn your Xbox One into your own personal and free xCloud server.”
“Whether you’re using a console in our data centre or your console at home, this October you’ll be able to use our hybrid gaming cloud to play your games wherever you go. Where you play is now entirely your choice,” Spencer said.
Since then, Microsoft has revealed that the service uses hardware similar to that in its existing Xbox One gaming consoles.
“That means an existing library of more than 3,500 games will work on the service without any changes or modifications required by the developer,” Microsoft said in a blog post in May.
Microsoft and Sony have both announced plans to release next-generation video game consoles, following up on their Xbox One and PlayStation 4 devices, first released in 2013.
Sony Corp has also revealed plans of its next-generation PlayStation 5 console. This Console comes with similar specifications including an AMD chip, but no official release date has been announced. Analysts expect a late 2020 release. But newcomers are aiming to change the video game world too, and may offer new competition.
Google in March announced a new gaming service called Stadia, which allows players to stream games over the internet in a similar way we stream movies over Netflix now. Stadia doesn’t require a video game console to work, and it’ll be free to use when you buy a game from Google, essentially side-stepping the idea of plugging a console into your television.
Several technology companies are also looking to boost services revenue through games streaming. These includes Nvidia Corp, Sony and Electronic Arts while Amazon.com Inc is reportedly working on its own service as well.