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Formerly known as Xbox Project Scarlet, the highly anticipated new Microsoft console now has an official name: Xbox Series X.
Serious Horsepower Under The Hood
While the details regarding the Xbox Series X price and release date aren’t confirmed, those looking to buy an Xbox Series X console will be excited to learn that several other details that have been revealed. For starters, the Xbox Series X has four times more processing power than its predecessor, the Xbox One X.
According to Game Informer magazine, the Xbox Series X console, “Uses a custom AMC processor with the ‘latest Zen 2 and next-generation RDNA architecture.’ The system does 4K and 60FPS, of course, but is capable of doing 8K and 120FPS.” You can find more technical specs at https://www.gameinformer.com/2019/12/13/xbox-series-x-hardware-controller-details
What’s In The Box?
The Xbox Series X console has been featured in a vertical position, boasting an elegant black case with a disc drive, eject button, and power button. There’s a vent on the top. Microsoft has also confirmed that the Xbox Series X games will play just fine with the system laid horizontally. This versatility will certainly be a factor when deciding whether to put in a Xbox Series X pre-order when that option becomes available.
As for the Xbox Series X controller, the new design includes a slightly reshaped iteration of the Xbox One controller. The tweaked size and shape, along with a dedicated share button in the middle, should make the Xbox Series X controller a beloved accessory, much like its predecessor.
The Games Are Coming
So far, the only Xbox Series X game that has been announced is Ninja Theory’s Senua’s Sage: Hellblade II. The teaser trailer released for this Xbox Series X game shows the visual fidelity and graphical capabilities of what’s to come on the Xbox Series X, formerly known as Xbox Project Scarlett.
For those who want to buy Xbox Series X when it is released during its planned launch during the Holiday 2020 season, keep an eye on GameStop.com for Xbox Series X pre-order information and more details about system as they’re released in the coming months.
The next generation of games begins this holiday season. With Xbox Series X, Microsoft has its sights set on delivering new benchmarks for graphical power and processing speeds. This new console will deliver the latest in visual fidelity and a significant reduction in loading times for games tailor-made for the hardware, but will also be backwards compatible with Microsoft’s previous three generations of games. Existing Xbox One games, including backward-compatible Xbox 360 and Xbox games will work on the Xbox Series X. Your favorite Xbox One controller will also be compatible.
Xbox Series X leverages AMD’s Zen 2 and RDNA 2 architectures to deliver a stunning 8K resolution, DirectX raytracing, and up to 120 frames-per-second for some games. The graphics processing unit (or GPU) delivers 12 TFLOPS of power, which is eight times greater than an original Xbox One and twice that of an Xbox One X. Using next-generation SSD storage, Microsoft foresees developers creating bigger worlds that load in the blink of an eye and allow for faster fast travel speeds than previously seen in any other generation.
A new Quick Resume function allows for multiple games to be suspended and resumed within just seconds, meaning you don’t have to sit through long boot up sequences as much as you did in the past.
Here’s a breakdown of the features Microsoft has announced thus far (more details will likely be announced at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo):
Custom AMD Zen 2 CPU
12 TF RDNA 2.0
Next-generation SSD that will allow for faster load times, bigger worlds, and even faster fast travel
2.1 innovation with Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR). ALLM allows Xbox Series X to connect at the lowest latency. VVR syncs with the display to deliver better refresh rates and smoother framerates
Rather than just being able to resume one game or movie, Microsoft says the enhanced Quick Resume will allow for multiple games to be suspended and resumed
Xbox Series X supports up to 120 frames per second. Not all games will reach this, but developers have the option to exceed the standard rates of 30 and 60 frames per second
Microsoft says Xbox Series X will support four generations of games. This is games made for Series X, along with all Xbox One titles, and backward-compatible Xbox 360 and Xbox games.
According to Microsoft, Smart Delivery “empowers you to buy a game once and know that – whether you are playing it on Xbox One or Xbox Series X – you are getting the right version of that game on whatever Xbox you’re playing on.” Smart Deliver will be used for all Microsoft’s first-party games, like Halo Infinite, and can also be used by third-party developers, should they choose
Along with the back catalogue of titles from previous generations, and Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft has announced Halo Infinite will be a launch title. More games that will be available on day one will be announced soon