Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, shared details of next-gen console, Xbox Scarlett with Gamespot in an exclusive interview.Spencer talked about the importance of playability and high frame rates with Xbox Scarlett, saying, “Ensuring that the games load incredibly fast, ensuring that the game is running at the highest frame rate possible. We’re also the Windows company, so we see the work that goes on [for] PC and the work that developers are doing. People love 60 frames-per-second games, so getting games to run at 4K 60 [FPS] I think will be a real design goal for us.”
Spencer continued on, explaining that a major focus for the current generation consoles were 4K visuals, and bringing both movies and streaming to that level, along with the Xbox One X having the ability for games to run at 4K rates, was of huge importance, but playability is a larger focus for them for Xbox Scarlett.
“How fast do [games] load? Do I feel like I can get into the game as fast as possible and while it’s playing? How does it feel? Does this game both look and feel like no other game that I’ve seen? That’s our target,” Spencer said.
On the topic of backwards compatibility, Microsoft has worked on building a library of past games from both the Xbox and Xbox 360, and Spencer said they are continuing to expand that library of past titles.
“We really like the reception and the use that we’ve seen through the [Xbox One backwards compatibility] program. 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. We want to respect the games that you’ve bought from us. We want to make sure that the generations can play with each other, so if you happen to adopt the next generation early and somebody stays back, that if their games are on both platforms, you’ll be able to cross-gen play,” Spencer explained.
Microsoft will also be rolling out a new compatibility option, which will let players use their old controllers on any next-gen console. The conversation was specifically brought up surrounding the Elite controller and other personalized controllers people have invested money and time into.
“This generation, we came out with the Elite controller, we’ve done work on controllers and people have invested in personalized controllers, the things that they love and we want to make those compatible with future generations of our console as well,” Spencer said.
Xbox Scarlett is set to release sometime during the Holiday 2020 season. Halo Infinite has been confirmed as a game available at launch, but check out all the other confirmed and rumored games for Scarlett. For more on Xbox Scarlett, read everything we know so far about the next-gen hyper-fast console.
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