Microsoft Announces Project Scarlett, The Next-Gen Xbox

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Microsoft today teased some of its first plans for Project Scarlett, the next-generation Xbox, and the buzzwords make it sound impressive: up to 120 frames-per-second, a solid state drive, ray-tracing, and so on. It’ll be out in the fall of 2020.

And of course, Halo Infinite will be a launch title.

“For us, the console is vital and central to our experience,” said Xbox boss Phil Spencer, adding that it should be designed and optimized for “one thing only: gaming,” a shot at the Xbox One’s original disastrous launch. He then played a sizzle reel of developers pumping up the next Xbox with buzz words about super-fast loading times, huge frame-rates, and other impressive-sounding specs.

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Here’s what they had to say:

As for Xbox’s biggest competitor, earlier this year, Sony semi-announced the PlayStation 5 through a Wired magazine article, in which the company said it would be backwards compatible and have a solid state drive.

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DISCUSSION

The entire Microsoft press conference can literally be summed up as “We learned! Please forgive us”.
1) Focus on gaming and a dedication to the console itself.
2) Indie Games and Triple A all at the same times.
3) Japanese games a plenty - though please show me actual game play of Dragon Ball Kakarot please. Is it an RPG or not?
4) Not a sports title in sight (though the Wrestlers were a little out of place) (Edit: Was there FIFA?)