The Xbox Series X is Microsoft’s next-generation console and, according to Microsoft itself, it will release in November 2020.
We have actually already seen the Xbox Series X’s design, know some of the Xbox Series X games we’ll be getting our hands on when the console launches later on this year, even though Halo Infinite has actually been postponed, and understand an entire lot about backwards compatibility and how cross-gen game ownership will work under the new Smart Shipment feature.
As pointed out, though, we now understand that the Xbox Series X will be releasing without its flagship title: Microsoft and 343 Industries revealed in August 2020 that they’re pressing back the launch of Halo Infinite until2021 The Xbox Series X will still have an alright launch lineup, a few of which has currently been exposed throughout July’s Xbox Games Showcase, however the delay still stings.
That said, while we still do not have verification of the Xbox Series X rate or release date (though an early November release has actually been reported), we do know a lot about what to expect when the new Xbox launches later this year.
We understand that the Xbox Series X style is a blockier style than we’ve seen in previous Xbox consoles, making it look similar to a little video gaming PC However, more importantly, we know what’s inside the console, thanks to Microsoft offering us the Xbox Series X’s full specifications – and we can say for sure that the brand-new Xbox is going to be an absolute powerhouse. While we cover these in more information down below, the short of it is that the brand-new Xbox is rocking an eight-core AMD Zen 2 processor performing at 3.8 GHz and a custom RDNA 2 AMD GPU that puts out 12 TFLOPs of processing power, in addition to 16 GB of GDDR6 memory.
When it concerns other Xbox Series X functions, we know the next-gen console will have ray-tracing, a super-fast SSD, and prospective 8K abilities, while likewise being in reverse suitable with four generations of Xbox games.
Want all the juicy information? Here’s everything we understand about the Xbox Series so far – and what we hope will be revealed the better we get to release.
[UPDATE: PS5 release date coming after Xbox Series X, says report. Read on to find out more.]
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Xbox Series X: key realities
- What is it? Xbox Series X will be the next-gen Xbox console.
- Xbox Series X release date: November 2020.
- What can I use it? Loads of games! Including Halo Infinite, Hellblade 2 and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, with far more to come.
- What will the Xbox Series X cost? No prices yet, and we’re not expecting it to be inexpensive. However Microsoft has actually said it won’t be making the exact same pricing mistakes as last generation so possibly we’ll be pleasantly amazed.
- Can I play Xbox One video games on the Xbox Series X? Yep! All previous generations of Xbox video games will be playable through in reverse compatibility.
- Is the Xbox Series X much better than PS5? It’s still uncertain but you can check out all the crucial similarities and distinctions in our PS5 vs Xbox Series X contrast piece.
- Will the Xbox Series X assistance Xbox One devices? Yep! Microsoft has confirmed all existing Xbox One accessories will be supported on Xbox Series X.
- Will Xbox Series X have VR? Microsoft has confirmed Xbox Series X won’t have VR at launch, with Xbox employer Phil Spencer saying the company is waiting until Xbox VR is a “no-brainer”.
- Will coronavirus delay the Xbox Series X release? It doesn’t look like this will be the case as Microsoft is pointing out the exact same release window.
Xbox Series X release date
Microsoft had actually formerly given the release window of “Vacation 2020” for the brand-new Xbox – which implied we ‘d likely see the Xbox Series X release worldwide between October and December this year. But now the business has actually validated in an Xbox Wire post that it’s being available in November, though no firm release date has actually been confirmed.
Nevertheless, according to a report by VGC, the Xbox Series X will release before the PS5, with Microsoft telling designers to go for a launch the very first week of November. According to the report, Microsoft going for the very first week of November is obviously allowing for some leniency so, even if the console launch slips into the 2nd week of the month, the Xbox Series X will still launch ahead of the PS5 (rumored to launch in mid-November).
This correlates with report by The Brink which also pegs the Xbox Series X release date as the very first week of November, 2020, though this hasn’t been verified by Microsoft.
November is traditionally when we’ve seen new Xbox consoles launch and a release at the start of the month would leave time prior to Christmas to get those orders in. Releasing in this time period would also permit the Xbox Series X to release ahead of upcoming AAA titles such as Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Cyberpunk 2077 and Call of Task Black Ops: Cold War which are all due to launch in mid-to-late November, while also avoiding the launch being lost in the shuffle of Black Friday – which falls 2 weeks later on.
We’re anticipating to learn the Xbox Series X’s main release date in the near future, with a September rate expose looking most likely however not verified.
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Xbox Series X cost
Microsoft will not be selected on an Xbox Series X cost point rather yet, but experts have anticipated the brand-new Xbox will cost roughly $499/ ₤449/ AU$749 – however this is still speculation.
It’s not particular unexpected Microsoft hasn’t committed to an Xbox Series X rate yet, given what an aching area the cost of the Xbox One was for fans. At launch, the initial Xbox One cost a massive $499/ ₤429/ AU$599, which was quickly decreased when Microsoft recognized people weren’t handing over.
Microsoft has at the extremely least assured that it’s learned from this prices error, with Phil Spencer stating that this time “we will not run out position on power or rate.” That doesn’t indicate that the new Xbox will be inexpensive, mind you, it just indicates the price point will be much better lined up with the console’s power and the rate points of the competitors.
Price will at least in part be figured out by the expense of the parts going into the console: Xbox Series X is going to be a lot more effective than either the Xbox One S or Xbox One X, and that will likely indicate we’re looking at an even higher cost on any packages and Xbox Series X pre-orders
While rumors recommended that Microsoft would expose the Xbox Series X cost at an event in August, the month came and went with no rates statement.
With the Xbox Series X due to release in November, Microsoft actually is leaving it to the last minute to expose the Series X’s cost. We’re anticipating prices confirmation in September as, reasonably, the business needs to use players a healthy pre-order window before the console’s release.
With Microsoft and Sony apparently secured a video game of chicken over the rates of their brand-new consoles, the Xbox Series X pre-order window is looking smaller and smaller every day. They can’t hold back a lot longer, nevertheless, so we ‘d watch out for an announcement quickly.
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Xbox Series X specs
- CPU: 8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.6 GHz w/ SMT) Custom-made Zen 2 CPU
- GPU: 12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz Customized RDNA 2 GPU
- Pass Away Size: 36045 mm2
- Process: 7nm Boosted
- Memory: 16 GB GDDR6 w/ 320 b bus
- Memory Bandwidth: 10 GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s
- Internal Storage: 1TB Custom-made NVME SSD
- I/O Throughput: 2.4 GB/s (Raw), 4.8 GB/s
- Expandable Storage: 1TB Growth Card (matches internal storage exactly)
- External Storage: USB 3.2 External HDD Assistance
- Optical Drive: 4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive
- Performance Target: 4K @ 60 FPS, Up to 120 FPS
We now know what Xbox Series X appears like and what it’s packing under the hood, and it’s going to be an outright monster of a console. The new Xbox’s video gaming PC design is pretty apt, thinking about the next-gen console’s internal hardware is equivalent to one – so make certain you check out our Xbox Series X specification analysis
Digital Foundry analysis
The folks over at Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry got a close take a look at the hardware and, along with Microsoft, announced the hardware that will be powering the Xbox Series X. According to Digital Foundry, the specifications confirm that the Xbox Series X will certainly be twice as powerful as the Xbox As Soon As X. in practise.
Digital Foundry saw an unoptimized variation of Gears 5 operating on the Xbox Series X performing at the equivalent of ‘Ultra’ graphics settings on PC, and it features enhanced shadows and ray tracing. Where the cut scenes ran at 30 FPS on the Xbox One X, Digital Foundry reported that on the Xbox Series X, it runs at a ‘flawless’ 60 FPS. This is an early port– on release we must see even much better outcomes.
As anticipated, the Xbox Series X processor is developed into a customized Task Scarlett SoC (System on Chip), which uses a boosted variation of TSMC’s 7nm process. That seven nanometers is necessary. The smaller sized the process, the more effective the chip can be. That means it can offer more performance for less power.
Ensuring the chip inside a games console can carry out well without utilizing lots of power (and getting hot) is exceptionally essential. Based on the prototype hardware Digital Foundry seen, the Xbox Series X apparently ships with a 315 W power supply – provided internally but the console is also geared up with parallel cooling architecture, enabling cool air in and letting that cool jet stream through separate areas of the console.
A custom-made processor and graphics card from AMD
As Digital Foundry exposes, these frequencies aren’t entirely locked, which suggests the Xbox Series X could change the power of the CPU based on work and thermals. If you’re playing a video game that requires a lot of processing power, the Xbox Series X can provide its CPU a boost, and then slow it down when you don’t need it.
On The Other Hand, the GPU of the Xbox Series X is also a custom style with 12 teraflops of calculate efficiency, with 3328 shaders allocated to 52 compute units, and runs at a locked 1,825 MHz.
The Xbox Series X likewise gets 16 GB of GDDR6 memory– an upgrade from the Xbox One X’s 12 GB GDDR5. That will not all be used in games. Games will get an overall of 13.5 GB– 10 GB of GPU optimal memory and 3.5 GB of standard memory, while the remaining 2.5 GB is reserved for the os, so the user interface of the Xbox Series X must run a lot quicker.
The faster GDDR6 memory should also use a big leap in efficiency. Match that with a super-fast NVMe SSD, and the Xbox Series X ought to feel really spritely when utilized.
Despite 4K being the aim, Microsoft has stated the Xbox Series X has 8K capability. Phil Spencer even altered his Twitter profile photo to (what appeared to be) a picture of the next-gen Xbox Series X’s processor.
Microsoft is aiming to get Xbox Series X games to perform at 60 FPS in 4K, calling the difficulty a “style goal”. The console will support up to 120 FPS too. The Xbox Series X will also include Variable Rate Shading, which prioritizes effects on various in-game characters and things for a “more stable frame rate and higher resolution”, according to Microsoft.
Made from of 4 key elements, a customized NVME SSD, hardware sped up decompression blocks, a brand new DirectStorage API layer and Sampler Feedback Streaming (SFS), Speed Architecture will permit the Xbox Series X to provide performance beyond its raw specifications, virtually eliminating loading times, minimizing game file sizes and enabling the production of bigger, more immersive, video game worlds. In addition, it’s the key to the Xbox Series X’s Quick Resume function, which allows players to perfectly leap back into where they left off in a game.
Seagate expandable storage
The Xbox Series X Seagate expansion card looks like a cross between an external tough drive and USB thumb drive, and it’s designed to be plugged straight into the proprietary port on the back of the Xbox Series X console. While we do not like exclusive ports, this looks like it’ll be used so that the speeds of the Xbox Series X expansion card match the speeds of the internal SSD inside the Xbox Series X.
The Seagate website explains how this might be used with the Quick Resume function of the Xbox Series X– where players can switch between games instantly without having to fill the games once again.
Not just will games look better, they could be larger. In an interview with PCGamesN, Samsung exposed that it’s talking with Microsoft and pushing the video gaming behemoth to adopt ultrawide assistance for the Xbox Series X.
The Xbox Series X will make excellent use of having an SSD– a ‘Quick Resume’ feature for the console will let you “practically immediately” continue with several video games, without the requirement to endure load screens.
Microsoft also aims to improve latency through functions such as Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR). According to Microsoft, “ALLM allows Xbox One and Xbox Series X to automatically set the linked screen to its lowest latency mode”. While “VRR integrates the display’s refresh rate to the video game’s frame rate, preserving smooth visuals without tearing”. These functions intend to lessen lag and make gaming more responsive.
Nevertheless, do not expect video to do the Xbox Series X’s power justice. Xbox employer Phil Spencer believes that it’s been challenging to show just how much of a leap Xbox Series X will be over Xbox One, as faster and more steady frame rates aren’t something that truly stumbles upon in videos.
” Among the things I have actually talked about publicly … however it’s hard to come across, is the way it feels to play games on a box where frame rates are higher, frame rates are more steady,” Spencer explained. “The fluidity of it, showing that in video form, is just difficult. How do you demonstrate how something feels?”
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Xbox Series X: what will I be playing?
The Xbox Series S(codenamed ‘Task Lockhart’) is the reported cheaper, digital-only alternative to the Xbox Series X.
Whether the new Xbox will actually be called the Xbox Series S is up for argument, however it should not be long up until we find out more.
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