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What We Know About The Xbox Series X

What We Know About The Xbox Series X

The internet has been buzzing with speculation regarding What We Know About The Xbox Series X, and while some rumours may be true, here’s what we know about the Xbox Series X so far:

Xbox Series X Power and Specs

While Microsoft is still holding out on the complete specifics, they have provided us with a few comparisons, and we’ve seen some leaks that suggest it will be a compelling game system. Microsoft themselves have stated that the Xbox Series X will be four times more powerful than the Xbox One X.

Based on the most recent information available, here’s what the specifications look like so far.

CategoryXbox Series X
ProcessorCustom AMD Zen 2-based CPU (8x @ 3.6 GHz)
GraphicsCustom AMD Navi-based GPU (12 TF RDNA)
Memory16GB GDDR6 RAM (13GB guaranteed for game developers)
StorageNVMe SSD (we’ve heard read speeds of anywhere up to 2GB/s)
Video Output8K, 4K @ 120Hz
Optical Drive4K Blu-ray
PortsOne front-facing USB Type-A; Unknown
ColourMatte Black
PriceUnknown
Size30cm x 16cm x 16cm (estimate)
Release DateHoliday 2020

We’re unable to confirm at this point how many USB and HDMI ports the Xbox Series X will have; however, it appears that there will be one USB Type-A on the front, and as per usual, we can expect an HDMI port at the back.

Xbox Series X Size and Dimensions

The Xbox Series X looks massive compared to the Xbox One, but just how big is it? Microsoft has yet to release the console’s exact dimensions, rumours have surfaced that it will be 310 mm by 160 mm and 160 mm.

If we compare the Xbox Series X to the Xbox One X, the Xbox Series X has the potential to be much larger. While we are not used to seeing consoles designed in this way, Microsoft has stated it is to enhance airflow and be silent while powering next-generation games.

Xbox Series X Features and Improvements

The Xbox Series X complete specifications and features are still being kept private, but Microsoft has hinted at a few new details.

Microsoft has spoken about improving loading speeds and access to games through the Xbox Series X. We have heard that the NVMe SSD paired with some of Microsoft’s technology will nearly eliminate load-time. For example, games that initially would have had loading times of one minute will be reduced to seconds. We have heard that Microsoft will also potentially be using Project XCloud to improve installation time, too, which means that you will be able to start playing games using the Project XCloud stream before they’re finished installing. Next-generation gaming is quickly becoming all about saving you time. Microsoft has also designed Xbox Series X to be ridiculously quiet, and we have heard that it’s virtually silent under extreme conditions.

We personally like the Xbox One controller; however, Microsoft is introducing a new controller with the Series X, with a revised d-pad similar to what is used on Xbox Elite controllers. The new controller design is also allegedly smaller than previous Xbox controllers. It also has upgraded triggers and grip textures, thank goodness.

The new Xbox Series X controller is also rumoured to be compatible with previous Xbox One consoles, and Windows 10 PCs. Your headsets, Xbox One controllers, and Xbox One-compatible accessories will be forward-compatible and work on the Series X as well.

Regarding graphics, the Xbox Series X will feature a wide range of enhancements that improve it and make it superior to current generation systems. Capable of 120 frames per second, the console is complete with a variable refresh rate for compatible displays, and support for 8K resolution. Sixty frames per second will be the standard for 4K resolution. Hardware-accelerated ray tracing will also be featured on the Xbox Series X, which creates real-time reflections and shadows dynamically, enhancing your gameplay experience.

Microsoft has advanced features that developers will leverage to get more power out of the system. In the form of Variable Shading, with Automatic Low Latency Mode and Dynamic Latency Input, making the Xbox Series X the most responsive game system ever created.

Many of these features will launch with the new Game Core OS developer environment and will require the use of DirectX 12. Many games will be scalable between platforms, and between the original Xbox One consoles and the Project Scarlett next-gen consoles. To leverage advanced visual features, developers will need to use Game Core OS, respectively.

Conclusion

We are all very excited about the release of Xbox Series X; however, in the meantime, the Xbox One is still relevant, and many publishers have announced that they will be releasing new titles throughout 2020. You can view our selection of Xbox One Games or go to Xbox for news, releases and more.