Everything you need to know about Xbox Scarlett

Everything that has been confirmed so far about the new Xbox Scarlett...

11 Dec 2019

It’s safe to say that a lot of the information around ‘Project Scarlett’ is still just rumour, Microsoft has already revealed a few exciting tidbits – like when Xbox Scarlett will be released and even some of the specs.

Here are a handful of the rumours we’ve heard so far that have yet to be confirmed. One of those rumours being that Scarlett will come in two options, codenamed ‘Anaconda’ and ‘Lockhart’ with one being a high-end console with the other being more affordable. The more affordable option is also rumoured to be a diskless option, so we have to wonder what this means for the used-game market.

But that’s enough of the rumours, we want facts so let’s take a look at what we know so far…


What is the release date for Xbox Scarlett?

Better start saving your pennies, Microsoft has confirmed that ‘Project Scarlett’ is arriving in time for Christmas 2020, alongside Halo Infinite which was announced at E3 in 2019.


Will Scarlett be backwards compatible with Xbox One games?

While they haven’t explicitly confirmed backwards compatibility, what Microsoft has said is that “Thousands of games across four console generations will look and play best on Project Scarlett”. So, it’s a fairly safe assumption that this means you’ll be able to play all your old Xbox One games on Scarlett.

Will old Xbox console controllers be compatible with Scarlett?

As well as backwards compatibility for games, Xbox’s Product Marketing Manager, James Shields also tweeted that you’ll be able to use all Xbox one controllers on the new console – great news!


Will Scarlett output in 8K?

While 8K TVs aren’t quite mainstream just yet, there are already a few manufacturers offering TVs that support 8K viewing. And it seems that Microsoft is futureproofing the Xbox Scarlett by equipping it with the ability to output in 8K at up to 120 frames per second – taking realism to a whole new level.

Just imagine screaming round that tight hairpin at Brands Hatch or taking on hordes of enemies on the battlefield on a huge TV without a single pixel being visible.

One thing’s for sure, so far, we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg in terms of what Xbox Scarlett is going to be capable. And we can’t wait to see what teasers we’re treated to over the coming weeks and months.

Have you heard any rumours about Scarlett that we haven’t covered? Let us know in the comments below.

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