Xbox chief Phil Spencer has provided more details on the next generation of Xbox.
During their E3 2019 presser, Microsoft gave a glimpse at what they have planned for the next generation of Xbox, codenamed Project Scarlett. So far Scarlett has been confirmed to be more powerful than the Xbox One X, which is presently the most technologically powerful console on the market. It has also been reported that it will have a solid state drive like the Sony Playstation 5. Now we know that it will prioritize frame rates over graphics.
In an interview with GameSpot, Spencer emphasized this will have a big impact on playability and loading times.
“I think the area that we really want to focus on next generation is frame rate and playability of the games,” said Spencer. “Ensuring that the games load incredibly fast, ensuring that the game is running at the highest frame rate possible. We’re also the Windows company, so we see the work that goes on [for] PC and the work that developers are doing. People love 60 frames-per-second games, so getting games to run at 4K 60 [FPS] I think will be a real design goal for us.
“The thing that’s interesting is, this generation, we’ve really focused on 4K visuals and how we bring both movies through 4K Blu-ray and video streaming, and with Xbox One X allowing games to run at 4K visuals will make really strong visual enhancements next generation, he added. “But playability is probably the bigger focus for us this generation. How fast do [games] load? Do I feel like I can get into the game as fast as possible and while it’s playing? How does it feel? Does this game both look and feel like no other game that I’ve seen? That’s our target.”
While it has been previously suggested that both the Scarlett and the Playstation 5 could support 8K graphics, it would appear that at least in Microsoft’s case, we may not see it for a while. They are more focused on making sure that a game can play and run smoothly before making a big jump to higher quality graphics, which is probably for the best. Graphics are not the only dictator of a quality game and what makes a game run better. Having a game run at 60 frames-per-second is a lot better than the standard 30 frames-per-second.
Xbox Scarlett is scheduled to release sometime during the Holiday 2020 season with Halo Infinite being announced as a launch title.
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