Next-gen Xbox may hit 4K 60FPS in every game

Yolanda Curtis
August 14, 2019

This bodes well for Microsoft's stable of first-party devs like 343 Industries, who will push Scarlett to its limits for Halo: Infinite. While the company didn't showcase the actual hardware, it did reveal a few tantalizing tidbits about the system, namely that it'll boast a solid state drive (much like Sony's PS5) and will be approximately four times as powerful as the Xbox One X, which now has the distinction of being the most powerful game console on the market. Spencer then outlined that Microsoft hope to achieve this by ensuring that the games load incredibly fast and run at the highest frame rate possible. "So now we're starting to get developers at third parties on it so they can see their game on a phone, which is critical because there are things like font sizes that if you wanted to take advantage and understand how the game runs on the phone, you want to make it available".

As a priority, he wants the games to load quickly and run at 60 frames per second, much more than the current frequency (four times more). But the Xbox One X, as mighty as it now is, can't run all games at 60fps while hitting 4K; Red Dead Redemption 2 for instance only manages 30fps - no bad feat considering how good it looks on a 4K telly's native resolution. The same development team that created both the Xbox One X and the Elite Controller is building Project Scarlett.

Following the mixed reception that the Xbox One S All Digital Edition received earlier this year and the general skepticism around Project xCloud and Google Stadia, Microsoft is probably right to focus on Project Scarlett while leaving xCloud has a "nice to have" option for mobile gamers.

While many brilliant games have been rescued from their exclusive releases on doomed systems through ports, there are sadly still countless classics locked away on consoles you either need to buy from eBay or settle for emulating. Does this game both look and feel like no other game that I've seen? That doesn't just stop at games, but also controllers too. For the moment, though, it sounds like it's going to be a solid next-generation console. Spencer also shed more light on the troubled reveal of the Xbox One back in 2013.

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