Newly acquired studios to continue creating multi-platform titles, Xbox says

Ceria Alfonso
Agosto 13, 2019

Even though Sony wasn't in attendance, Microsoft was, and it shared the first details about its next-generation console, which for now is called simply Project Scarlett.

Microsoft's next Xbox, which is now codenamed Project Scarlett, will come with key improvements that will make it far more consistent, Xbox chief Phil Spencer told Gamespot in a recent interview.

Project Scarlett's added horsepower will undoubtedly allow developers to produce some stunning titles, but visuals aren't the only aspect of gaming that Microsoft is looking to improve with its new console.

"I think the area that we really want to focus on next generation is frame rate and playability of the games". Spencer then outlined that Microsoft hope to achieve this by ensuring that the games load incredibly fast and run at the highest frame rate possible. "So now we're starting to get developers at third parties on it so they can see their game on a phone, which is critical because there are things like font sizes that if you wanted to take advantage and understand how the game runs on the phone, you want to make it available".

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"But playability is probably the bigger focus for us this generation". The Xbox head explained that it is targeting concerns such as getting the game to load as fast as possible while it's playing, as well as putting a lot of consideration into how it looks and feels to play. So much so the game can also be played through the Cross-Play feature where people can share sessions across those platforms (excluding PlayStation). Booty says moving titles across platforms would only happen if it makes sense.

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

There's still a long way to go before Project Scarlett is here, as Microsoft isn't planning to launch it until late 2020.

After all, Scarlett won't be exclusive to 4K UHDTVs-you can plug it into a 1080p display and still play games. They also want to ensure compatibility with earlier versions, as it's four generations of content that can't be ignored. For the moment, though, it sounds like it's going to be a solid next-generation console.

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