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When is the Xbox Scarlett coming out? New details, rumors and more

Published: 14/Dec/2018 10:15 Updated: 20/May/2019 15:24

by Connor Bennett

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

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, let’s run through everything you need to know about project Scarlett so far. 

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. 

MicrosoftMicrosoft is set to leave behind it’s current family of Xbox One consoles.

What will the graphics be like?

A report from TechRadar suggests that Xbox’s Project Scarlett might be the first ever console to have separate parts for both CPU and GPU, by featuring a discrete graphics part just like a PC. 

The next-gen gaming system from Microsoft is also expected to have an Arcturus 12 GPU “featuring 64 ‘Arcturus Engines’ and a total of 4,096 GPU cores”, the same article states. This would be a huge step forward from the Xbox One X’s 2,560 GPU cores, but has not been confirmed as of yet. 

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, codename Anaconda, and another less powerful device, codename Lockhart, that is used to stream games.

Anaconda is expected to be similar to the eventual PS5 console in terms of power, whereas Lockhart will be more of an entry-level device that still provides next-gen gaming. The strategy behind Lockhart is to provide more price sensitive gamers an option to get the latest hardware without having to wait years for the price point to change.

Perhaps most notably, despite the expectation of being significantly cheaper, Lockhart will be more powerful than the current console leader in terms of power, the Xbox One X. This means 4K gaming at 60FPS should be a bare minimum across the next generation of consoles.

Windows Central also states that Xbox are also working on a digital-only version of the Xbox One, which could perhaps act as a precursor to the possible entry-level Xbox Scarlett. The console, named the Xbox One S All-Digital, will come with a 1TB hard drive for storing downloaded games, and will have Minecraft, Sea of Thieves and Forza Horizon 3 installed on the console. The device has yet to be officially announced, but Windows Central believe that an April reveal is likely, with a release in May. 

WinFutureIt remains to be seen if Xbox will link up with developers for limited edition consoles in the next gen.

Will Xbox have a cloud-based game streaming service?

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.

This streaming service has been codenamed ‘Project xCloud’ and it is likely to make its way onto Xbox One consoles before the next-gen. The service was showcased at the Games Developer Conference (GDC) back in March, showing off how digital Xbox One games would work on it before public trials begin sometime in 2019.

The xCloud project may be Microsoft’s way of implementing Xbox Live on other devices – such as the Nintendo Switch

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. However, new a report from French website E3 2019.

If Xbox does choose to launch the new Xbox One S All-Digitial in May, it may mean we might not see the Xbox Scarlett this year, as it’s unclear as to whether they would release two new consoles in one calendar year.

It remains to be seen if Xbox will make the new console a part of their E3 2019 show, which is coming up on June 11 through June 13, seeing as PlayStation are not making the annual trip to Los Angeles. 


This post was last updated on Monday, May 20, 2019, at 11:24 am Eastern Time.

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Overwatch player’s dad goes viral after recreating every hero emote

Published: 24/Nov/2020 22:50

by Bill Cooney

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One Overwatch player’s dad has gone viral for recreating emotes for all of the game’s original heroes and has given us inspiration for a fantastic Reinhardt skin idea all at the same time.

Over the years the emotes of Overwatch heroes have been recreated and memed countless times, but you don’t often see the kind of dedication required to attempt one from each hero in a single go.

But, that’s just what one YouTuber Nick Luciano and his dad did in a video using various household items that’s once again making the rounds on Reddit, and we have to say that Reinhardt impression is still one of the best we’ve ever seen.

Masterfully replacing the rocket hammer for an electric weed wacker, Luciano’s father knocks it out of the park with moves that could have been the motion capture for the character himself, before realizing his neighbor was watching and trying to laugh it off with a casual “hey Carl!”

To be fair the clip at the top of the game’s subreddit is more than three years old at this point, but pops has been hard at work recreating all kinds of emotes and poses from various titles on YouTube since, Overwatch included.

What you won’t see in the Reddit post are the additional emotes performed by Luciano’s dad, released a year later. Who knew that all it took was a back pillow to make a perfect D.Va costume in just a few seconds?

Obviously, he’s not a professional YouTuber, so there’s no real regular upload schedule or any kind of consistency, but for this kind of great content, that’s just fine. He probably has dad stuff to do as well, such as mowing the lawn, and organizing various shelves in the garage.

With Overwatch 2 right on the horizon, and hopefully a new game’s worth of emotes coming along with it, Luciano and his pops will hopefully find the time to record even more hilarious imitations in the backyard.