Xbox Project Scarlett: Absolutely Everything you NEED to know about the next Xbox – Release Date, Specs, Designs, Games, Price & more

Microsoft have coined the next Xbox "the future of gaming" - but what makes it so special?

Xbox Project Scarlett is the codename for Microsoft’s upcoming console, but we have no idea why it needs this name when it’s development is one of the industry’s worst kept secrets.

As Microsoft teases Project Scarlett, we’re starting to make sense of the next-gen console, separating the facts from fiction.

The main focus of the console will be faster loading times, unrivalled graphics and user convenience, amongst a host of other important changes.

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Release date

Gamers can expect to see the Xbox Project Scarlett console launch sometime between October and December 2020, in the ‘holiday’ window of 2020.

News of Xbox Project Scarlett was revealed at E3 2019

It shares the exact same rumoured launch date window as that of Sony’s PlayStation 5.


Microsoft confirmed that the next-generation console will be four times more powerful than the Xbox One X, and provides four times better performance than the current generation in terms of load times.

Concept designs for the Xbox Two have been leaked in recent months

As for the actual Xbox Project Scarlett specs, we have been promised 120 FPS, 8K, and ray tracing supported by dedicated hardware.

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In fact, one Microsoft employee promised “frame rates we’ve never seen before,” though that’s surely not accounting for modern PC hardware.

As for 8K and 120 FPS, they make great headlines, but the reality is that you’d have to be running an extremely basic game on the most powerful of PC hardware to approach anything like those numbers, let alone simultaneously.

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Julian Sims

I started at RealSport covering football and basketball content, though my passion for esports has compelled me to expand my knowledge and explore the diversity of the gaming community.

I currently lead the site's new category RealFeatures - a collection of pieces focusing on special events, noteworthy games and important figures within the world of esports.