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Gaming • Jan 16, 2019

When is the Xbox Scarlett coming out? Everything we know about the next generation of Xbox consoles

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When is the next Xbox console going to be released? It’s all pretty much speculation so far but here's a round-up of everything we know.

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There have been multiple variations of the Xbox One - the X and S models - since its release back in 2014. Despite a rocky start to life due to a heavy focus on television and other entertainment integration, the console has sold over 40 million units. 

However, with Playstation rumored to be releasing a brand new console in the not too distant future, the console wars and the battle for the consumer’s wallet will soon return. So, here's everything we know, so far, about the next Xbox console. 

What will the next Xbox be called?

There is no official name yet for the new console, it is currently only known by its codename - Scarlett. Many folks have speculated that it will simply be called the ‘Xbox Two,’ following on from the Xbox One. However, the One spawned from the 360, not an ‘Xbox Zero’ so an official name will be up in the air for a while.

How powerful will it be?

The most powerful Xbox One model - the X - runs on a 2.3GHz 8-core AMD Jaguar CPU like a PS4 Pro, but it sets itself apart with a 6 Teraflop AMD Radeon GPU which allows plenty of AAA games to run at a native 4K resolution without the need to sacrifice too much in the way of performance to upscale to 4K. 

So, we can expect the Scarlett model to run at levels above that. 

The original set of One's lagged behind Playstation's initial Tech so look for Xbox to strike the first blow going forward with the yet to be announced next-gen of AMD CPU and GPU's, improved 4K, perhaps even 8K and the ability to run at a constant 60FPS, matching some quality PC rigs.  

Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has already stated that he wants the new console to load games quicker and have better frame rates in-game. 

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Microsoft is set to leave behind it's current family of Xbox One consoles.

Will there be more than one console?

Potentially. Journalist Brad Sams of thurrott.com, who has broken plenty of news on Microsoft in the past, stated back in July that there are new "consoles" in development - one powerful all-around console and another less powerful device that is used to stream games. According to Sams, Xbox appears to have plans for a 'games streaming' service for the less powerful console.

Instead of discs, players would be able to stream their games directly from Microsoft's servers - similar to how Netflix runs its service. The game's model has been attempted before with the failed OnLive PC service from 2015. Whether or not that would be a success on console remains to be seen.

So, when is it coming out?

Again, there is no official word on the release of the next Xbox. The best lead we have is that Brad Sams also reported that a new console will have a release date in 2020. However, a new tease from the Xbox Wire website states that the Xbox team is "focused on implementing new Microsoft technologies" and "delivering content for new platforms."

Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, stated during E3 2018 that his team were “deep into developing the next generation of Xbox consoles” so a new console or two can’t be all that far away.

It remains to be seen if Xbox will release an update at E3 2019, which is coming up on June 11 through June 13, with PlayStation not making the annual trip to Los Angeles.


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