Xbox’s Project Scarlett “will not be out of position on power of Price” – Says Phil Spencer

Xbox's Project Scarlett

Xbox’s Project Scarlett “will not be out of position on power of Price” – Says Phil Spencer

Microsoft’s Xbox One launch was a disaster. The PlayStation 4 was both more powerful and cheaper than Microsoft’s console offering, placing Microsoft behind Sony from the start of the current console generation. 

While Xbox One X is now the most powerful console, it arrived too late to make a big difference. PlayStation 4 was already dominant, making Microsoft’s next comeback opportunity the introduction of its next-generation “Project Scarlett” console.

In an interview with The Verge, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer stated the following; 

     I would say a learning from the Xbox One generation is we will not be out of position on power or price,

If you remember the beginning of this generation we were a hundred dollars more expensive and yes, we were less powerful. And we started Project Scarlett with this leadership team in place with a goal of having market success.


Microsoft doesn’t want to repeat the same mistakes that they made last-gen, and to do this Microsoft plans to release the best next-generation console platform. That said, Microsoft doesn’t know what Sony’s cooking with PlayStation 5, so it is still possible that Sony could make the stronger next-generation console. 

With Xbox One, Microsoft has already shown that its willing to change its hardware to deliver stronger performance when challenged. The Xbox One famously released with a CPU and GPU clock speed bump to help Microsoft compete with PlayStation 4, though this change was unable to bridge the gap between both consoles. 

Both Microsoft and Sony plan to use AMD/Radeon CPU and graphics components in their next-generation platforms, making it possible that both next-generation consoles will deliver very similar hardware specifications. That said, each vendor could have some secret sauce in the works to deliver an advantage over their rival. 

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Both Microsoft’s Xbox “Scarlett” and Sony’s PlayStation 5 are due to release in the holiday 2020 season. We expect to hear more about both consoles at E3 2020, if not earlier. 

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