With Microsoft's Xbox E3 2019 (opens in new tab) media briefing just hours away, internet sleuths (opens in new tab) are beginning to unearth new details on Xbox Series X (opens in new tab). That, if you haven't been paying attention, is the rumoured codename for Microsoft's next-generation initiative, set to be properly revealed at E3 2019 (opens in new tab) alongside the likes of a Gears 5 (opens in new tab) release date, Halo Infinite gameplay, 14 new first-party exclusives (opens in new tab), and a whole lot more.
Project Scarlett is supposed the name given the overall project, a name banding that encompasses two next-gen systems: Lockhead and Anaconda. The former, a system on par from a power perspective with the Xbox One S, while the latter is supposedly a premium product that will outstrip even Google Stadia in terms of raw power. The rumour circulating this morning is that Halo Infinite (opens in new tab) will be positioned as a launch title for the two systems, launching "Holiday 2020".
Halo Infinite release date
What's exciting is the reports that Halo Infinite will be presented in 8K resolution and be capable of running at 120 frames-per second. That kind of performance has never been seen in a home console before – it's the type of thing reserved for high-end, extremely expensive personal computers. We'll know for certain how true this is soon enough.
If that weren't enough, the rumours emerging today are also suggesting that the Project Scarlett systems will support "four generations worth" of backwards compatibility, which would line-up with Microsoft's dedication to creating a broader Xbox ecosystem and family. It has also been suggested that Scarlett will have an "Elite controller" made available for it, with notorious games industry leaker 'Sabi (opens in new tab)' suggesting Xbox Scarlett Pro controller will be "extra special" and that we will be, and I quote, "very impressed with it".
We'll all find out soon enough! If you're interested in seeing all of this revealed live, be sure to check out our article on how to watch the Xbox E3 2019 press conference (opens in new tab), and keep your eyes locked on GamesRadar throughout the evening for all of the news as it breaks.
For more from the conferences, be sure to read our E3 2019 schedule (opens in new tab) to see what the other publishers have to offer at E3 2019.