Microsoft’s next Xbox could be a game-changer
The new console will reportedly offer 8K graphics, SSD storage and more
Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox console has been put on display and it could be the best Xbox to date. Dubbed Project Scarlett, it will include a variety of features that will make the gaming experience incredible and could usher in an entirely new era of action. If the rumors are true, the new console could be released sometime next year.
Scarlett will include a custom-designed CPU that is based on AMD’s Zen 2 processor and Radeon’s RDNA architecture. It is reportedly four times more powerful than the Xbox One X, and will also include GDDR6 RAM that will “usher in resolution and framerates we’ve never seen before,” according to Microsoft.
The console will support 8K gaming and framerates up to 120 frames per second (fps) with variable refresh rate support. It will also support SSD storage, with a Microsoft spokesperson stating, “We’ve created a new generation of SSDs. We’re using the SSD as virtual RAM.” This could mean that the console’s performance would be boosted by as much as 40 times over the current Xbox console, allowing games to load extremely fast.
Microsoft isn’t the only company toying with 8K consoles, and this is great news for gamers. Sony is planning on including 8K graphics and 3D audio support in its next PlayStation, as well as SSD storage. PlayStation 5 will include an eight-core CPU based on Ryzen by AMD and come with a GPU that supports ray-tracing graphics, as well as the possibility of 4K graphics at a refresh rate of 120Hz. It will also be backward compatible with PlayStation 4 titles.