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Microsoft's next-generation Xbox will support 8K graphics and SSD storage

By Koh Wanzi - on 10 Jun 2019, 10:07am

Microsoft's next-generation Xbox will support 8K graphics and SSD storage

Microsoft today gave a glimpse of its next-generation Xbox, codenamed Project Scarlett. The new machine clearly wants to take the fight to Sony's PlayStation 5, and it will supposedly boast enough graphics power to run games in 8K.

In addition, it will support real-time ray tracing, up to 120fps in games, and SSD storage. Behind all those impressive numbers will be a custom processor based on AMD's new Zen 2 architecture, GDDR6 memory, and a "Navi" GPU based on the next-generation Radeon RDNA gaming architecture. 

The announcement marks another win for AMD, who will also be powering the PlayStation 5 with an octa-core processor based on its third-generation Ryzen line.

Still, it doesn't really come as a surprise, considering AMD's longstanding partnership with Microsoft starting with the Xbox 360. The two companies even worked together on a custom chip for the Xbox One X. 

According to Microsoft, Project Scarlett will be up to four times more powerful than the Xbox One X. It will also offer a 40-fold increase in storage speed over the current generation of consoles, thanks to its usage of the SSD as virtual RAM. 

You can expect Project Scarlett to debut in the 2020 holiday season alongside Halo Infinite

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