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    Xbox Series X: Everything to know about Microsoft’s next-gen console

    The name is confirmed – it’s not the XBox 2, or Project Scarlett – welcome instead to the XBox Series X.

    With the pressure on Xbox and PlayStation to show the merit of native hardware over streaming, following Google Stadia’s release, we’re expecting a very impressive next generation of consoles.

    We’ll be updating this page regularly with all new information on the console so stay tuned for the latest Xbox updates. The next chapter in the console war is drawing closer than ever, and we can’t wait.

    Xbox Series X – the main points at a glance
    The Xbox Series X is the next-generation console from Microsoft Series X plans to launch in the latter months of 2020 and Will launch alongside Halo Infinite and other major unannounced titles Much like PS5 – it will be backwards compatible with SSD and ray-tracing supportServices such as Game Pass and Project xCloud will be supported from launch

    Xbox Series X – What is it?
    The arrival of a new, powerful next generation of consoles is going to open up a new world of possibilities for console gamers. Better visuals, bigger game worlds and more intense action than ever before are waiting just around the corner. This announcement, and the chance to have a proper look at the next Xbox, makes that all feel just a bit closer.

    The console was first revealed at E3, but gamers got a look at more details and the finalised physical console at the 2019 Game Awards. The latest console from Microsoft packs more power and more features than its predecessors. Keep reading for info on specs, games and more.

    Xbox Series X release date – When is it coming out?
    In a year’s time, the Xbox Series X is likely to be sitting under quite a lot of Christmas trees. That’s thanks to the ‘Holiday 2020’ release date Microsoft has announced. This is just what we expected. It’s likely to be competing against the PS5 in the Christmas present stakes too.

    There’s no specific release date just yet, but Xbox did reveal that 343 Industries’ Halo Infinite will be a launch title, which will no doubt whet the appetite of Master Chief fans, set to be the final chapter in The Reclaimer Trilogy.

    Xbox Series X Specs and Features – How powerful is it?
    Judging from all the details that were dropped for the Xbox Series X, this looks to be a seriously powerful console. Xbox claims the new hardware is 4x more powerful than the current Xbox One X, which is frankly absurd considering that console is already capable of running select games in 4K.

    With the AMD Zen 2 CPU and AMD Navi GPU running the show. AMD Navi has only recently been revealed, and is yet to be properly introduced to the public to experiment with, whether through dedicated consoles or graphics cards.

    What kind of performance will these components bring? The Xbox Series X reveal trailer suggests the upcoming Xbox has 8K capabilities. It also suggests Project Scarlett will be able to run games at up to 120fps, although we expect that to be while running games at a Full HD resolution at the very most. That, and many players won’t have displays supporting such silky-smooth refresh rates.

    The next-gen Xbox will also be capable of real-time ray tracing, meaning it should be able to match the likes of the Nvidia RTX graphics cards and PS5 for the revolutionary light rendering technique. This sees in-game light look and behave significantly more realistically, and adds a beautiful polish to the visuals. The inclusion of support for variable refresh rate meanwhile, means the new hardware can eradicate screen stutters and the like for a far smoother look

    It’s perhaps not the GPU and CPU power that’s the most exciting though, with the Project Scarlett reveal trailer also confirming the new hardware will sport a next-generation SSD, which will look to reduce loading times by a significant margin. In fact, Xbox claims the SSD performance will be 40x superior to that of the current generation of consoles, which is mind blowing to say the least. This means developers will be able to create more complex open worlds without concerns that players will have to suffer tediously long waits staring at a loading screen.

    Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has also confirmed that backwards compatibility will be returning in a big way with Project Scarlett. All of your physical and digital purchases for the past two nerations (360 games pending developer support) will be available at launch, ensuring you already have a substantial library to take advantage of Xbox Series X in 2020.

    Xbox’s creators have also promised that the Series X will be “the most responsive console ever” thanks to their continued war on latency. They posted on Xbox Wire: “We are minimizing latency by leveraging technology such as Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and giving developers new functionality like Dynamic Latency Input (DLI) to make Xbox Series X the most responsive console ever.  Xbox Series X is also designed for a future in the cloud, with unique capabilities built into the hardware and software to make it as easy as possible to bring great games to both console and elsewhere.”

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    Hardware Specs for new Xbox Series X

    Processor – Custom AMD Zen 2-based CPU (8x @ 3.6 GHz)
    Graphics – Custom AMD Navi-based GPU (12 TF RDNA 2.0)
    Memory – 16GB GDDR6 RAM (13GB guaranteed for game developers)
    Storage – NVMe SSD
    Video output – 8K, 4K @ 120Hz
    Optical drive – 4K Blu-ray
    Ports – 3x USB-A, HDMI 2.1, and possible CFexpress expansion
    Colour – Matte Black
    Price – TBA
    Size – 30cm x 16cm x 16cm (estimate)
    Release date – Holiday 2020

    Updated February 24, 2020:

    Microsoft has now officially confirmed that the Xbox Series X is 12TF, confirming our information from December 2019.

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    Power Your Dreams with Xbox Series X, Available Holiday 2020

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    Xbox Game Studios unveils Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, a new chapter in the award-winning Hellblade story from Ninja Theory

    For eighteen years and three console generations, the Xbox community has shown us the power both games and fun can have on all of us. As we enter a new generation of gaming, we see a future where you’re instantly absorbed in your games – where worlds are even more lifelike, immersive, responsive and surprising – and where you are at the center of your gaming experience. With the new Xbox Series X, we will realize that vision.

    Xbox Series X will be our fastest, most powerful console ever and set a new bar for performance, speed and compatibility, allowing you to bring your gaming legacy, thousands of games from three generations and more forward with you. Its industrial design enables us to deliver four times the processing power of Xbox One X in the most quiet and efficient way, something that is critically important in delivering truly immersive gameplay. We also designed Xbox Series X to support both vertical and horizontal orientation. It’s bold and unique, very much like our fans around the world and the team of collaborators and innovators who built it.

    The name Xbox is an expression of our deep history in gaming, our team’s unrelenting passion, and our commitment to both our fans and the future of gaming at Microsoft. It also signifies our belief that a gaming console should be for just that – gaming.

    Alongside Xbox Series X, we also unveiled the new Xbox Wireless Controller. Its size and shape have been refined to accommodate an even wider range of people, and it also features a new Share button to make capturing screenshots and game clips simple and a hybrid d-pad inspired by the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2. The new Xbox Wireless Controller will be compatible with Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, and will be included with every Xbox Series X.

    The possibilities of what Xbox Series X enables developers to achieve was also brought to life this evening with the unveiling of Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II. A sequel to the award-winning Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice from world-renowned developers Ninja Theory, the game is being built to leverage the full power of Xbox Series X.  The footage shared tonight was captured in-engine and reflects the power of Xbox Series X available to developers to deliver new universes, experiences and games in ways you have never imagined.

    Bringing Developers’ Dreams to Life with Xbox Series X

    Games today deliver amazing visuals and tell an array of different and deep stories.  That’s why, when we started work on Xbox Series X, it was vital we continue to advance state-of-the-art visual capabilities for developers, while also ensuring they could realize even greater feeling, emotion and empathy in their games. With Xbox Series X, we will elevate the way games look, play and feel. We will also remove the technical barriers faced in previous generations and enable developers to create more expansive, immersive gaming worlds that invite more players to play.

    From a technical standpoint, this will manifest as world-class visuals in 4K at 60FPS, with possibility of up to 120FPS, including support for Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), and 8K capability. Powered by our custom-designed processor leveraging the latest Zen 2 and next generation RDNA architecture from our partners at AMD, Xbox Series X will deliver hardware accelerated ray tracing and a new level of performance never before seen in a console.  Additionally, our patented Variable Rate Shading (VRS) technology will allow developers to get even more out of the Xbox Series X GPU and our next-generation SSD will virtually eliminate load times and bring players into their gaming worlds faster than ever before.

    We are minimizing latency by leveraging technology such as Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and giving developers new functionality like Dynamic Latency Input (DLI) to make Xbox Series X the most responsive console ever.  Xbox Series X is also designed for a future in the cloud, with unique capabilities built into the hardware and software to make it as easy as possible to bring great games to both console and elsewhere. Xbox Series X will deliver a level of fidelity and immersion unlike anything that’s been achieved in previous console generations.

    One Console, Four Generations of Gaming

    One of the things we’re most proud of with Xbox Series X is the promise we’re delivering to our fans who have and continue to invest with Xbox. Thanks to backward compatibility, you can expect your gaming legacy, thousands of your favorite games across four generations of gaming, all your Xbox One gaming accessories, and industry-leading services like Xbox Game Pass to be available when you power on your Xbox Series X in Holiday 2020.

    Building on our compatibility promise, with Xbox Series X we’re also investing in consumer-friendly pathways to game ownership across generations. Leading the way with our first-party titles including Halo Infinite in 2020, we’re committed to ensuring that games from Xbox Game Studios support cross-generation entitlements and that your Achievements and game saves are shared across devices.  As we branch out and extend gaming to more players around the world, console gaming will remain at the heart of our Xbox offering.  Game creators around the globe are already hard at work building content for Xbox Series X and our 15 Xbox Game Studios are developing the largest and most creatively diverse lineup of Xbox exclusive games in our history. On behalf of Team Xbox, we’re excited to enter the future of console gaming with you and can’t wait to share more in 2020.

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