Sunday, 20 October, 2019

Xbox Project Scarlett to focus on high frame rates and 'playability'

Microsoft is willing to let Xbox studios make multiplatform games in the future Obsidian RPG The Outer Worlds Could End Up Becoming an Xbox Exclusive Franchise
Emmett Howard | 13 August, 2019, 22:28

The Outer Worlds falls into the latter category, as Booty expresses Microsoft's high hopes for the game and its future potential.

"We are not working on a streaming-only console right now", Spencer told Gamespot. "We are looking at the phone in your pocket as the destination for you to stream, and the console that we have allows you to play the games locally". While the company didn't showcase the actual hardware, it did reveal a few tantalizing tidbits about the system, namely that it'll boast a solid state drive (much like Sony's PS5) and will be approximately four times as powerful as the Xbox One X, which now has the distinction of being the most powerful game console on the market.

Xbox Project Scarlett is due to launch holiday 2020 alongside the highly anticipated Halo Infinite as its launch title.

First-party games are a major selling point Xbox, encouraging consumers to buy their console.

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Over the last five years, Microsoft has embarked on an era of openness.

Additionally, the team is shooting for full backward compatibility. According to Spencer, playability is also a huge focus for the company when it comes to next generation hardware - that includes faster loading times as well as improving how games actually look and feel to play.

"With something like Minecraft, I think it was a no-brainer that we were never going to try and take anything from players that existed on those platforms, and certainly we've added platforms since that acquisition", said Booty.

After all, Scarlett won't be exclusive to 4K UHDTVs-you can plug it into a 1080p display and still play games. Making sure that all four generations of content-so the original Xbox games that run on your Xbox One today, the OG Xbox; the 360 games that run on your Xbox One; your Xbox One games; and the new generation games-all run on the next platform is important to us. However, in this case these developers were acquired by Microsoft after development on these games began, and so it remains to be seen if these studios will remain multiplatform for further projects. Furthermore, Microsoft has become a cross-platform app developer.

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