Xbox unveils next-gen console

Gamers, start saving: a new Xbox will go on sale before the end of 2020.

That’s according to Microsoft, the console’s manufacturer, who made the announcement at this year’s E3 games expo.

It’s still early days, so details are still thin on the ground. But it was revealed that the new console, codenamed ‘Project Scarlett’, will be four times more powerful than the Xbox One X, play games in 8K and at 120 frames per second, and allow real-time ray-tracing graphics to create more realistic lighting effects.

Halo Infinite will be featured amongst the new console’s launch titles.

The announcement comes a few months after the first details of Sony’s PlayStation 5 (not its official name) were released in a Wired interview with Sony system architect Mark Cerny.

Also attending E3 was Hollywood action star Keanu Reeves, who appeared to announce his starring role as Johnny Silverhand in the new game Cyberpunk 2077. The actor lent not only his voice to the character, but also provided a full-body motion capture performance for the game.