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According to a new report from tech outlet Gizmodo, Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox dubbed “Project Scarlett” may include some kind of webcam on steroids, if the report is to be believed.
This isn’t another Kinect, however. Although it would no doubt use some of the tech Microsoft pioneered with the sadly deceased peripheral. Instead, this is reportedly some kind of webcam on steroids, aimed at enhancing video game streams. The report alleges that both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Scarlett are attempting to lure streamers to their platforms, with big bets on high-quality webcam technology.
Microsoft’s camera is allegedly capable of 4K resolution with just a two-frame latency between what is recorded and what appears on a stream. (The current Microsoft Kinect camera gets about 8ms to 10ms of latency.) The tipster claims Microsoft is showing off the capabilities of the camera using a Snapchat-like demo that changes with the in-game lighting.
Microsoft and Sony both are leaders in different fields of camera technology, and with the rise of Twitch, YouTube, Mixer, and other forms of content creation, bringing professional-grade production tools to each company’s respective platforms seems like an obvious move for next-gen consoles.