New Xbox Project Scarlett details: 8K graphics, 120 fps and coming in 2020, Microsoft says at E3 2019

New Xbox Project Scarlett details: 8K graphics, 120 fps and coming in 2020, Microsoft says at E3 2019


Waiting is hard.


Get ready for a new Xbox. Microsoft gave more details about its upcoming Xbox video game console, codenamed Scarlett, in a presentation ahead of the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3 as it’s known, in Los Angeles Sunday. The new device will be four times more powerful than the Xbox One X and powered by an AMD chip. 

Microsoft said the new console will be able to offer frame rates up to 120 frames per second, or twice the average TV. The new device will also include a solid-state drive, Microsoft said, meaning the device will load games much faster than through its older mechanical hard drives.

“A console should be built and optimized for one thing and one thing only: Gaming,” Xbox head Phil Spencer said during the company’s presentation.

The company said its new Xbox will launch with the company’s next big upcoming space war game, Halo Infinite.

Microsoft’s next Xbox, expected to land on retail shelves next year, is coming at a time of transition in the video game world. Microsoft and Sony have both announced plans to release next-generation video game consoles, following up on their Xbox One and PlayStation 4 devices, first released in 2013. But newcomers are aiming to change the video game world too, and may offer new competition.

Google in March announced a new gaming service called Stadia, which allows players to stream games over the internet in a similar way we stream movies over Netflix now. Stadia doesn’t require a video game console to work, and it’ll be free to use when you buy a game from Google, essentially side-stepping the idea of plugging a console into your television.

Still, game makers have said internet connections around the world aren’t reliable enough for game streaming yet, which is part of why Microsoft and Sony still plan to offer them.


Expect more Microsoft news as we go hands-on throughout the week with more at E3.

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Upcoming E3 press conferences

Saturday, June 8

Sunday, June 9

  • Microsoft / Xbox — The gaming giant’s biggest news was Project Scarlett, its next-generation Xbox, coming in 2020. The new device is up to 4x more powerful, the company said, and like the next-gen PlayStation it’ll include a fast non-mechanical SSD hard drive, and it’ll be powered by custom innards built with the help of chipmaker AMD.  The company also announced that Halo Infinite will launch alongside Project Scarlett next year. Meantime, Microsoft is starting public tests of its Project xCloud streaming service in October, promising people the ability to play high end games on their mobile devices while away from home. While fans wait, Microsoft announced an update to its Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 as well as a slew of new games. And action star Keanu Reeves, fresh off the success of John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum, was on stage to announce his involvement with Cyberpunk 2077, which is coming next year.
  • Bethesda — 5:30 p.m. PT (8:30 p.m. ET)

Monday, June 10

Tuesday, June 11

  • Nintendo (livestream only) — 9 a.m. PT (noon ET)

We’re there

CNET will be on the ground, covering covering E3 2019 alongside our sister site, Gamespot. We’ll update this page throughout the show as more games are announced.

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