Project Scarlett; The Bits We Know
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The rumours about Project Scarlett, the new AMD powered gaming console from Microsoft are flying at E3. So far we don’t know much about the neXXXt XboX apart from some pie in the sky descriptions from the main presentation which you can catch here. It will be very interesting to see how they intend to transfer data to a TV fast enough to provide 8K resolutions with framerates up to 120fps though we do know what chip they will be using.
AMD will be providing a custom, high performance AMD SoC built on Ryzen and Navi, the so called RDNA design which will also be used by Samsung, and will use GDDR6 RAM. Storage on the console will be flash based, though we were not told if it would be a PCIe SSD or SATA. The console is slated to arrive next year, so details should become more fleshed out in the coming months.
Along with the high end console will be another lower cost model, as this new design will be “four times more powerful than the Xbox One” and likely charge extra for that. We have even less information on that model, but it is good to see Microsoft offer a tiers as they have with previous versions. Let’s hope we get our hands on the AMD chip some time in the near future to see what it can do.