Xbox Scarlett features 'dedicated ray tracing cores' says Gears 5 developer

What you need to know

  • Microsoft's next console is called Project Scarlett.
  • Just like high-end NVIDIA graphics cards, it features hardware ray tracing.
  • Gears 5's Colin Penty says that it featured dedicated cores for ray tracing.
  • Project Scarlett is expected to launch in Holiday 2020.

Gears 5 is the latest game from Xbox Game Studios and is garnering great reviews since its early-access launch last week. The PC port is a sight to behold and seems to offer a glimpse into what a Gears 5 port on Project Scarlett would look like.

In a recent interview between GameSpot and The Coalition's Technical Art Director Colin Penty, the latter said that the upcoming console would feature dedicated ray tracing cores. This was first spotted by TweakTown.

We don't have anything to announce right now in terms of Gears with the new hardware — but I'm definitely super excited about what the new hardware could do. Having dedicated ray tracing cores is huge.

Microsoft claims that Project Scarlett is already four times more powerful than Xbox One X. It'll be interesting to see when the company reveals final specifications because it's probably waiting for Sony to go first. However, only time will tell which machine comes out on top.

On a side note, if you're interested in Gears 5, be sure to check out the game on Xbox Game Pass. It's a lot of fun and you can play it for $10 a month. However, if you want to access the multiplayer modes, then you probably want to subscribe to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate which bundles Xbox Live Gold with Xbox Game Pass.

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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.