Xbox Series X

Xbox Series X: Here is everything you should know

Xbox Series X is the newest console Microsoft is releasing this year.

Microsoft finally unveiled their upcoming console, the Xbox Series X, at the 2019 Game Awards. It was previously known only as Project Scarlett. The next-gen console of Microsoft is quite the exclusive one from previous models. It has an entirely new design and improved hardware. Microsoft promises that it is the most powerful console the company has released yet.

There is still no official announcement regarding Xbox Series X. But at this point, there is a pretty good idea of what the new Xbox console will offer. Microsoft still has not hinted about an exact price or release date. But just about everything else has already been revealed.

Xbox Series X specs

Series X will have AMD‘s Zen 2 CPU, 16GB of RAM, and a custom-made AMD Navi-based 12 teraflop GPU. The new Xbox console will also feature a custom 1TB NVMe SSD, with speculated read speeds as high as 2GB per second. It’s normal to expect the Xbox Series X specs to be a step above the Xbox One. Microsoft has delivered it in big times this year. Microsoft has stated that the new console will be up to four times as powerful as its predecessor.

There’s also an expansion slot for additional storage in the back of the console. It plugs right into the motherboard to provide the same incredible speeds. It targets to decrease loading times to a minimum and provide ultra-fast environment rendering. On top of the groundbreaking new internals, the Series X will also feature a Blu-ray disk reader. It is capable of playing games and movies, supporting 4K, HDR10, and Dolby Vision technology.

Special Note: The Xbox Series X offers support for up to 120fps and 8K resolution.

As for games, Series X promises support for up to 120fps and 8K resolution. But it’s not sure that it can achieve both at the same time. The goal is to provide a consistent 60fps at 4K. Most current consoles like the Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro struggle to achieve that, in some cases, even at 1080p.

Xbox Series X features

Xbox Series X
Credit: Microsoft

Xbox Series X is confirmed to have Microsoft’s new cloud streaming platform Project xCloud. It is very similar to and Google Stadia or Nvidia Geforce Now. Basically, it allows you to stream games from the cloud onto your console, PC, or smartphone. It enables you to bypass download, install, and update times to hop right into the game.

With the new console, Microsoft has taken gaming into another new level. Series X can enhance the graphic of older titles. By using its powerful internals and machine learning technology, the Xbox Series X can add HDR and improve the framerates of games that were launched years ago. Also, Xbox 360 games are compatible and will look better than ever on the new Xbox consoles.

Series X controller

Xbox Series X Controller

Series X is the new controller design is highly notable. They are expected to be smaller and lighter that the previous version. With a design like that Microsoft claims will fit more shapes and sizes of hands.

The new Series X controller’s button layout is virtually similar to previous controllers. It features a textured surface on the triggers and bumpers. The rubberized coating is also found on the back of the controller for enhanced grip and comfort, even in extended play sessions.

As Sony did previously, Microsoft has introduced a screenshot sharing button. This button allows you to capture and share gameplay instantly. The Xbox Series X Wireless Controller is fully compatible with Windows PCs right away. They are also compatible with Android and iOS devices via Bluetooth technology. Possibly they will dethrone the Xbox One Wireless controller as one of the best mobile controllers out there.

Games

Microsoft has promised to release more info and trailers at the July Xbox 20/20 stream. But it doesn’t yet have a confirmed date. Xbox Series X will support the Xbox Game Pass, unlocking hundreds of games for a small subscription fee. The new Smart Delivery system opens the best version of any supported Xbox game you buy. This means that if you buy the Xbox One version of Halo: Infinite, you will unlock the Xbox Series X version for free as soon as you buy the new console.

Here’s a list of cross-generation Xbox Series X launch games that support Smart Delivery:

  • Halo: Infinite
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Madden NFL ’21
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon
  • Scarlet Nexus
  • Call of The Sea

Xbox Series X price

Microsoft still hasn’t been announced the new prices of brand new consoles. But as per some rumors, both the Xbox One (bundled with a Kinect sensor) and more powerful Xbox One X consoles launched with a retail price of $499, so Microsoft may stick to this number for the Xbox Series X. However, as for the number of hardware upgrades on the table, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a price increase. We can expect a price increase of $100 or more.

Release Date

Xbox Series X will hit stores during the holiday season of 2020. This is around the same time the PlayStation 5 is expected to launch. It is also possible that Microsoft will open pre-orders for its brand new console a couple of months earlier in the summer.

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