When the Xbox One X was announced it was marketed as being able to deliver 4K 60 FPS performance. Microsoft mentioned that while the console is capable of delivering those numbers it will be up to the developer to optimize the game accordingly. The same is going to be the case with Xbox Scarlett.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer confirmed that while the Xbox Scarlett will be capable of delivering up to 8K resolution and 120 FPS, it will be up to the developer to decide whether or not it is going to take advantage of that power. The developer could optimize its game for 1080p 120 FPS, 4K 60 FPS or 8K 30 FPS. First party titles might take advantage of the higher resolution but the same cannot be said about the third-party games. Phil Spencer went on to mention the following:
Working with AMD, we were able to hit CPU, memory, bandwidth, and even SSD that was going to allow us to stream data fast enough to get to frame rates where we felt like the increased visual fidelity would be matched by the feel that we would be able to bring. And that was a design goal that we set for ourselves with Scarlett.
This is something that we have already seen with the Xbox One X. Not all games run at 4K 60 FPS but some of the titles that Microsoft has developed do. Some games even have different modes in which the player can choose to go with a higher resolution or higher frame rate. This could be something that we see with the Xbox Scarlett as well. Microsoft has also confirmed that more backward compatible games will not be announced for the Xbox One as it is going to focus on the next generation console now.
Xbox Scarlett is going to launch with backward compatibility so you will be able to play Xbox One games, Xbox 360 titles and some games that released on the original Xbox on the upcoming console. This is something that fans are looking forward to. The upcoming Xbox is going to release in the Fall of 2020 so we will be waiting a long time.
Let us know what you think about the upcoming Xbox Scarlett and whether or not you think it has what it takes to take on the PS5.