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Letters from the Front

Sunday night was a huge night for Xbox and Xbox fans. During its press conference, Microsoft unveiled the future of Xbox consoles with the announcement of Project Scarlett: the overall name of the next generation Xbox family which is coming next Holiday alongside the launch of Halo: Infinite.

According to the Xbox newswire, Microsoft states “Project Scarlett will set a new bar for console power, speed and performance, arriving Holiday 2020 alongside Halo Infinite. Powered by a custom-designed processor, leveraging the latest Zen 2 and Radeon RDNA architecture from our partners at AMD, Project Scarlett will deliver a new level of immersion. Paired with high bandwidth GDDR6 memory, and a next generation solid state drive (SSD), Project Scarlett will provide developers the power they require to bring their creative visions to life. Featuring hardware accelerated raytracing, variable refresh rate, 8K capability and ultra-low latency input, Project Scarlett will deliver a new level of fidelity, precision and accuracy never before seen in console gaming.

With Project Scarlett, we continue our commitment to compatibility by ensuring your gaming accessories and Xbox career will also move forward with you, along with thousands of games across four console generations which will look and play best on Project Scarlett.”

Project Scarlett is the codename for the Xbox next-generation family according to Brad Sams of Thurrox, Project Scarlett includes two next generation Xboxs codenamed Anaconda and Lockhart. Anaconda is the premium one that was hinted at in the Project Scarlett teaser and Project Lockhart is the very base model, think of it as the successor to the Xbox One S. We’re going to have to wait to E3 2020 to see them in action but its definitely interesting to see what Microsoft has gathered up and remembering that Sony has said something similar when they confirmed the next-generation Playstation back in April.

Sony confirmed some of the specs that includes a SSD, Zen 2 CPU, ray-tracing and much more which sounds very similar to Project Scarlett / Project Anaconda and the current rumors point that the Playstation 5 is a little bit more powerful than Anaconda which will be quite a surprise given that everybody believes that Microsoft won’t give up the power narrative which I wholeheartly agree with. Microsoft can not give the power narrative up in the wake of the Xbox One X and the events that followed after the Xbox One X released in 2017, they have to keep pushing the envelope for power.

They sound very similar to each other which I think it will be the case which means the price will be about the same if we take Lockhart out of the equation. It’s a good question to ask as I don’t see Anaconda being less powerful and more expensive or the next-generation Playstation being more powerful but at a good price point like $400 because that would end up being a complete retread of 6 years ago.

Regardless, thinking about next generation gets me all excited. Do you think the Playstation 5 will be more powerful than Anaconda or will they be the same? Let me down in the comments down below.

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