July 3, 2022

“Project Scarlett” Becomes Xbox Series X New Console

The 2019 Game Awards ceremony gave the world two things. Firstly, we know that this year’s GotY is Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. And, we now know the name of the new Xbox console.

Taking to the stage at this year’s Game Awards, Phil Spencer announced the real name for “Project Scarlett”.

Xbox Series X.

Many online have jumped on this naming as something akin to the Wii U’s horrendous titling. But, in actuality, it makes sense. As is the norm with consoles these days, the new Xbox will be one of a series. The “X” will presumably be the faster/more powerful option. And, therefore, a smaller “S” model will take the lower end of the market space.

The Xbox News site lists the following on the launch of the Series X;

“Xbox Series X will be our fastest, most powerful console ever and set a new bar for performance, speed and compatibility. [The new console will] allow you to bring your gaming legacy, thousands of games from three generations and more forward with you. Its industrial design enables us to deliver four times the processing power of Xbox One X in the quietest and most efficient way. [This is] something that is critically important in delivering truly immersive gameplay. We also designed Xbox Series X to support both vertical and horizontal orientation. It’s bold and unique. [Which is] very much like our fans around the world and the team of collaborators and innovators who built it”.

Welcome to the Future

Interestingly, it seems the Xbox Series might potentially ditch extras that consoles have featured the past few generations. Those being TV/video watching apps. Xbox News adds that the team’s focus on the Series X;

“…our belief [is] that a gaming console should be for just that – gaming.”

The new Xbox Wireless Controller comes fitted with a Share button akin to the PS4. Xbox News notes that the new controller;

“…[will] make capturing screenshots and game clips simple”.

But, the new controller isn’t just about showing off your coolest in-game moments. Keen-eyed viewers will notice the new controller sporting a rather familiar-looking D-Pad. Xbox has said that this new D-Pad has been;

“…inspired by the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2. The new Xbox Wireless Controller will be compatible with Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs. [It] will be included with every Xbox Series X”.

A New Console And A New Game

However, it isn’t just a new console that Xbox revealed at the Game Awards. Also unveiled was the sequel to the amazing Senua’s Sacrifice. It will seemingly be exclusive to Xbox’s next-gen console. The trailer below shows off Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II;

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For the more tech-savvy among you, here is what the new Xbox will boast in terms of specs;

“…world-class visuals in 4K at 60FPS, with the possibility of up to 120FPS. [This is] including support for Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), and 8K capability. Powered by our custom-designed processor leveraging the latest Zen 2 and next-generation RDNA architecture from our partners at AMD, Xbox Series X will deliver hardware-accelerated ray tracing and a new level of performance never before seen in a console.  Additionally, our patented Variable Rate Shading (VRS) technology will allow developers to get even more out of the Xbox Series X GPU. [And] our next-generation SSD will virtually eliminate load times and bring players into their gaming worlds faster than ever before.

We are minimizing latency by leveraging technology such as Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM). [We are also] giving developers new functionality like Dynamic Latency Input (DLI) to make Xbox Series X the most responsive console ever.  Xbox Series X is also designed for a future in the cloud. [The console will have] unique capabilities built into the hardware and software to make it as easy as possible to bring great games to both console and elsewhere. Xbox Series X will deliver a level of fidelity and immersion, unlike anything that’s been achieved in previous console generations”.

Sure is a Lot to Digest

In terms of the progress the Xbox One has built up in regards to backwards compatibility and the Game Pass;

“One of the things we’re most proud of with Xbox Series X is the promise we’re delivering to our fans who have and continue to invest with Xbox. Thanks to backward compatibility, you can expect your gaming legacy, thousands of your favourite games across four generations of gaming. [This is as well as] all your Xbox One gaming accessories, and industry-leading services like Xbox Game Pass to be available when you power on your Xbox Series X in Holiday 2020”.

So, there is all we know so far about “Project Scarlett”. It sure seems like Xbox has done their homework for this next generation. We’ll have to wait and see how PlayStation responds.

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For more information, check out the Xbox Series X homepage. Alternatively, you can find out more via Xbox News. Or, if you’re on Twitter, the Xbox page will bring updates fast and ready.

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