Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox delivers ultra-fast gaming with 8K graphics
Originally published at Gadget Flow on June 11, 2019.
- What is Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox? While rumors first suggested the name to be Anaconda, their recent preview at E3 2019 finally gave out the real codename — Project Scarlett.
- Did Microsoft announce a gaming controller at E3 2019? Officially available on November 04, 2019, the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 is the latest from Microsoft with advanced performance for gamers.
- Where can I find more gaming gear? Check out our must-see collection of accessories for gamers of all levels here.
Microsoft took full advantage of E3 this week by showing off Project Scarlett, their latest console. While plenty of details remain unknown, such as the official name, the next-generation Xbox is said to be a whopping four times faster than their last console, the Xbox One X.
During their E3 presentation, Xbox head Phil Spencer says:
[a] console should be built and optimized for one thing and one thing only: Gaming.
Suffice to say, the new Xbox is taking the gaming world by storm and laying the foundation for the future of gaming.
What’s all the hype about the new Xbox console?
First and foremost, this next-generation console won’t be just another addition to the Xbox series. With 8K support, SSD storage, and ray-tracing graphics, this console has the potential to have the biggest hardware upgrade in gaming consoles so far.
However, although Project Scarlett will see plenty of design advancements, it’s still going to be compatible across all generations. That is, the new console will also support existing Xbox One games, controllers, and accessories. But making the release in fall 2020 more exciting is the debut launch of Halo Infinite alongside the new Xbox console.
One major factor being taken into consideration by all brands is the reduction in load times. As a gamer, you don’t want to waste time waiting for your game to load while being in the virtual world. It’s as if your life comes to a standstill while playing your character which, in turn, makes you feel disconnected from the character itself. That’s exactly what Project Scarlett is going to solve. If you’re into RPG games, this console will keep you focused and in the moment.
With this console, you’ll be introduced to a whole new gaming generation where you can connect with characters more seamlessly, unlike anything you’ve seen before.
At the heart of this new console is the custom-designed processor. It’s based on the AMD Zen 2 and Radeon RDNA architecture and also promises to be four times more powerful than the Xbox One X. Microsoft is also using the GDDR6 RAM to ensure the fastest performance possible for the console. In addition, the SSD is being used as a virtual RAM. This means we can expect frame rates of about 120 fps along with 8K support and so much more.
In other words, the games you’ll play from Project Scarlett will seem more lifelike than ever before. Players will have an immersive gaming experience with exceptional load times.
Coming in 2020, this console is a breakthrough concept in the world of gaming from the Xbox series. Whether or not we’ll see something similar in Playstation is still unclear. In the meantime, let’s take a look at some home media gadgets that can help you build the perfect gaming setup before Project Scarlett comes to life.
LG Z9 8K Smart OLED TV
This television has an 88-inch screen that displays a stunning 8K picture. In case you were wondering, that’s four times as many pixels as a 4K display. This 8K Ultra HD TV also has a large OLED panel. In fact, it’s the biggest panel that LG has in a TV. To get the most out of the new Xbox console, you’re going to want this 8K TV.
Samsung R Series Soundbar Collection
Go beyond the built-in audio with your TV and treat yourself to truly immersive sound. It’s clear that Samsung designed this speaker collection with gamers in mind. You can easily connect it to your TV and control it with Amazon Alexa or Samsung SmartThings. Once set up, you’ll enjoy some of the highest-quality sound out there. Simply activate the Game Mode to experience even more intense sound effects.
Razer Sila Gaming Wi-Fi Mesh Router
In addition to delivering unrestricted speed, this router allows you to prioritize your apps for a seamless wireless gaming experience. The Razer FasTrack engine enables you to arrange bandwidth when too many devices or apps are in use. It even lets you prioritize between consoles. Designed for households of gamers, you can simply turn on Gaming Mode to play without any interruptions.