Microsoft's next Xbox will focus on nippy frame rates and loading times

Psychonauts 2 PS4 Play Station 4

Psychonauts 2 PS4 Play Station 4

However, on the Xbox game front, the company has been a little more reluctant to share the goods.

As a priority, he wants the games to load quickly and run at 60 frames per second, much more than the current frequency (four times more). 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.

Microsoft has been dropping generous hints about its next-gen Xbox and now head of the division Phil Spencer has doled out more information about the anticipated gaming console.In an interview with Gamespot, Spencer revealed that Microsoft's focus for its next Xbox console, codenamed Project Scarlett, is on frame rate and playability.

What Spencer appears to be getting at here is a form of consistency whereby all games on Project Scarlett run at their very best.

"The thing that's interesting is, this generation, we've really focused on 4K visuals and how we bring both movies through 4K Blu-ray and video streaming, and with Xbox One X allowing games to run at 4K visuals will make really strong visual enhancements next generation". Not every game should be mandated for 4K performance (Microsoft would be foolish to mandate resolution, as not every dev can handle that kind of load) but the games that do play in 4K may all hit 4K 60FPS.

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"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.

After all, Scarlett won't be exclusive to 4K UHDTVs-you can plug it into a 1080p display and still play games. Spencer added that players with different generations of consoles will continue to be able to play against each other.

Moreover - and in a transfer that Spencer says "is slightly bit new" for Microsoft - the console will "respect the compatibility of the controllers you already have". For the moment, though, it sounds like it's going to be a solid next-generation console.

The new console, which will ship in the 2020 holiday season with Halo: Infinite as a launch title, has been designed from the ground up to represent a "bigger generational leap" than anything that the Xbox has done before. For more inside looks at Spencer and his thoughts on the past, present, and future of Xbox, check out all our coverage in the stories linked below.

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