Xbox Project Scarlett to focus on high frame rates and 'playability'

Psychonauts 2 PS4 Play Station 4

In an exclusive interview with Gamespot, Spencer mentioned that consistency could be on the top of the agenda for the new console, ensuring that video games load fast and run on the highest body charge possible (on this case, 60 frames-per-second).

One of the games that will take advantage of Scarlett's increased power is Halo Infinite.

Speaking about the Xbox Scarlett specs and what the company will prioritise, Spencer said that steady frame-rates were top of the list.

Before leaving you to our special on Psychonauts 2 from E3 2019, we remind you that the next, insane adventure of Tim Schafer will be available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One during 2020 due to the recent announcement of the postponement.

There's still a long way to go before Project Scarlett is here, as Microsoft isn't planning to launch it until late 2020. This is yet another step in the direction of cross-play and opening games up to anyone, regardless of platform, from Microsoft. These games were already undergoing development when Xbox bought out the developers, which could explain the multiple platform releases. Expect games to play faster on 1080p TVs and even FreeSync 2-enabled monitors for more streamlined play.


Not only that, the team wants to make it possible for players playing on any generation of Xbox to play together without worrying about cross-platform playability issues. "We want to make sure that the generations can play with each other, so if you happen to adopt the next generation early and somebody stays back, that if their games are on both platforms, you'll be able to cross-gen play". How does it feel?

"Yeah, I think that'd be that kind of game", he said.

Devs have some interesting methods to milk Scarlett's total power and hit these performance points.

The rumour mill was pretty active previous year as "Scarlett" was initially said to be the codename for a family of next-gen Xbox consoles. While the company didn't showcase the actual hardware, it did reveal a few tantalizing tidbits about the system, namely that it'll boast a solid state drive (much like Sony's PS5) and will be approximately four times as powerful as the Xbox One X, which now has the distinction of being the most powerful game console on the market.

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