During The Game Awards 2019, Phil Spencer, Xbox Head, took to the stage to reveal the console behind the codename Project Scarlett, the Xbox Series X. No major details were revealed during the show, but the video that was shown gave fans a first look at the console’s design.
The release window of Holiday 2020 was also reaffirmed during The Game Awards, indicating that Microsoft are ready to get this console in the hands of consumers. Spencer even announced on of the games being built specifically for the platform, Senua’s Sage: Hellblade 2, a sequel to Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice.
Many details about Xbox Series X are already known from the console’s reveal as Project Scarlett at E3 2019. The console is set to be more powerful than the Xbox One X, with framerates between 60 and 120fps, 8K visuals, next-generation ray-tracing, a refresh rate that’s completely variable, and an SSD that also acts as the system’s virtual RAM. Spencer said at the time of reveal that this console would be completely focused on gaming, with Halo Infinite being among the launch titles.
Press releases have revealed further details about the Xbox Series X from there. The controller included with each system will have a new Share button, and be compatible with both the Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs. There is also some mention of a future in cloud-based gaming, but no firm details were outlined.
While the specifics haven’t been defined, Spencer also confirmed that the Xbox Series X would be compatible with all Xbox One accessories used for gaming, as well as featuring cross-generation achievements, Xbox Game Pass, and saves. Xbox Game Studios games should also be compatible with the new system, resulting in thousands of games from across four generations in one place.
Recent reports suggest that the Xbox Series X is one of two consoles under the Project Scarlett codename. There are allegedly two consoles, one more powerful version that uses discs, which we can assume is probably the Xbox Series X, codenamed anaconda, and a second less powerful console codenamed Lockhart. This second console is meant to be diskless, much like the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition.