Xbox Project Scarlett Targeting 12 Teraflop Compute From 3.5GHz AMD Ryzen 3000 CPU

Xbox Project Scarlett
While Sony has had some pretty loose lips regarding its upcoming PlayStation 5, Microsoft has held things pretty close to the vest with regards to its next-generation Xbox, codenamed Project Scarlett. What we do know, however, is that like the PlayStation 5, Project Scarlett will be powered by an 8-core/16-thread AMD Ryzen 3000 Zen 2 processor.

Today, the folks over at Windows Central claim to have some inside information on performance targets for Project Scarlett, and the console is going to be an absolute beast. Anaconda is the alleged high-end version of Project Scarlett, akin more to the Xbox One X, while Lockhart will be positioned like the current Xbox One S.

Anaconda will reportedly deliver a whopping 12 teraflops of compute performance, which doubles the theoretical maximum of the Xbox One X. As for Lockhart, it will reportedly come in at 4 teraflops, making it roughly three times as powerful as the Xbox One S.

According to the report, the Ryzen 3000 processor will be clocked at 3.5GHz, while there will be 16GB of RAM onboard. Allegedly, 13GB of RAM will be dedicated to games, while the remaining 3GB will be reserved for the OS. This is a nice boost over the 9GB of RAM (maximum) that can be dedicated to Xbox One X games.

The raw processing performance is a significant improvement over the Xbox One X/Xbox One S, but one other big factor that will come into play is with the NVMe SSD that will be included. It's likely that the SSD will be leveraging the PCIe 4.0 interface, which is native to Zen 2 platforms.

"Games with load times anywhere up to a minute will be reduced to mere seconds as a result of these SSDs, and the inclusion of Project xCloud across all Xbox systems will allow you to start gaming via streaming while waiting for games to download locally," the report states. 

We might not hear any real official details fro Microsoft on the hardware specifications of Project Scarlett until E3 2020, but we do know for sure that the console will launch during the Holiday 2020 shopping season.