Project Scarlett to focus on frame rate and playability of games.

In a recent interview with Gamespot, Phil Spencer discussed what the focus of the next generation Xbox will be.

He says that…

“I think the area that we really want to focus on next generation is frame rate and playability of the games,” Spencer said. “Ensuring that the games load incredibly fast, ensuring that the game is running at the highest frame rate possible… 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.

“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. But playability is probably the bigger focus for us this generation. 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.”

This is good news for fans. Although games today look incredible, there’s too many instances where the game has choppy frame rate or insanely long load times.

Microsoft, for the most part, hit their goal with the Xbox One X. Make 4K gaming a reality for the console. And they’ve done that. Games like Red Dead Redemption 2, Halo MCC, Forza Horizon 4, and others run at 4K and look incredible.

The next benchmark for console gaming needs to be 60 FPS across the board and minimum load times.

The most important thing for a game is to feel good to play. While this generation of hardware has proven that games can look impressive, they haven’t always nailed the feel.

With Project Scarlett, it seems clear that Xbox aims to nail both look and feel, and that makes the wait for Scarlett that much more difficult.

For more on Project Scarlett, the Xbox ecosystem, and more, stay tuned to

Austin "Proven"

Writer and Contributor for XboxEra. Halo 3 is a perfect game.

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