Xbox Scarlett name to reflect its abilities, says Xbox head

Xbox Project Scarlett SoC
Xbox Project Scarlett SoC (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • Project Scarlett is Microsoft's upcoming console.
  • It's launching in Holiday 2020.
  • Xbox head Phil Spencer says the console's name will stand for its capabilities.
  • Project Scarlett is rumored to have 12 teraflops of processing power.

Project Scarlett is Microsoft's upcoming Xbox console that's scheduled to launch in Holiday 2020. It's rumored to feature 12 teraflops of processing power and may just again be the "world's most powerful console" towards the end of next year. Aside from concrete specifications, gamers are patiently waiting to learn its name.

Speaking with Stevivor at X019, Spencer said the following about selecting a name for Project Scarlett. The name will be all about its capabilities.

It hasn't. Our naming convention has been around what we think the capabilities are. Xbox 360 was about the entertainment experience around the box and the box being in the center of that entertainment experience. Xbox One, if you remember our branding early on, was 'always on input, all in one'. Those names were really built around the purpose of the box. I don't feel like I need to follow in their footsteps because they're kind of self-contained.

It'll be interesting to see what Microsoft decides on. My bets are on Xbox Infinite S and Xbox Infinite X given that Project Lockhart and Project Anaconda apparently both exist. We'll keep you posted as soon as we know more. What do you want the next Xbox to be called? Let us know.

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Asher Madan

Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

  • So, "Pro"? /s
  • How about XB1 and add another letter to it, like they did with s and x.
    After all it's just a console upgrade like s/x.
  • Xbox Omni
    Xbox infinity
  • Just call it Xbox Sledgehammer. LOL
  • I'm sure it would be a catchier name than infinite 😋 and besides... infinite sort of would mean that's the final console for forever lol.
  • How about xbox ultimate 3000 master supreme infinity awesome
  • I dunno about this, Microsoft. Calling your next console the "XBox Paperweight" might adversely affect sales even more than your lacklustre exclusive library.
  • Look at you all funny and all... Most people don't buy a tone of games and are just fine with what MS has to offer... I have an Xbox game pass ultimate.... With 360 and xbowone 8 have close to 300 games installed on my console presently and less than 10% have been purchased.... So yeah I'm fine with that weak exclusive library... Especially since the jrpg fade is just loosing ground... Haven't played a descent And innovative Jrpg in ages and it's not the sudo great PS library that has changed that... Go back with the masses play your mass market mainstream crap and just forget about us... If you are so superior in every way why the need to come hear.... Feeling insecure much?
  • No need to get all triggered. Jeez.
  • LOL You're damage control is hilarious. Defending a console maker's lack of investment in making content for their customers for an entire generation.
    We've had this type of damage control saying it's ok that MS doesn't invest in making games the entire generation.
    Now that MS bought a bunch of studios, I guess that "console exclusives" will once again be important for you people...
    So funny...