Today’s post is a treat to all my gamer buddies! In this article, we are going to discuss all the niche details about the new and upcoming Xbox Series X. The current generation of the Xbox One gaming is nearing it end. But, not to worry because the next generation of the Xbox is on the imminent Horizon! The Xbox Series X is being praised as Microsoft’s “fastest and most powerful console of all time.” It is also believed that the specifications of the new Xbox Series X overshadow the PlayStation 5, which is said to be released at the same time. So, here is everything you need to know about the Xbox Series X Release Date and Specifications!
The Xbox Series X is Microsoft’s next-generation machine that is said to overpower the PS5. The first-ever teaser of the Xbox Series X was in 2018 under the name of Project Scarlett. The official announcement of the Xbox Series X was made at The Game Awards on 12 December 2019. During this, the design of the console was also unveiled for the first time.
The Xbox Series X is built like a monolithic stack, which is said to resemble a mini-tower PC than a traditional gaming console. It is quite simple and aesthetic. More than the looks, the Xbox Series X focuses more on practicality.
The grille at the top/right-hand side is to be used primarily for heat dissipation, while the only other distinguishing features are its 4K Blu-ray drive slot and ports on the rear. Moreover, it was confirmed that the production of the Xbox One X has been discontinued in order to progress on the new console, the Xbox Series X.
The only assumption of the price of the new Xbox Series X can be made from comparing it to the price of the Xbox One X which was around £430. We can expect the new Xbox Series X to be priced somewhere in that range.
Phil Spencer, the boss of Xbox, confirmed that the company may also declare the price of the Xbox Series X by a comparison to the price Sony sets for PlayStation 5, if needed.
Xbox Series X: Specifications
Xbox revealed the full specifications of the Xbox Series X in mid-March 2020. The console will utilize the latest chipsets and architecture from AMD – with the processing unit to be custom and based on the powerful Zen 2 Ryzen. It is eight-core, with each core running at up to 3.8GHz. That is said to be four times more powerful than the processing hardware inside the Xbox One X.
The GPU is also custom and based on Radeon RDNA 2 architectures. It has 12 teraflops of processing power – double that of the Xbox One X. That makes it more than capable of native 4K 60fps gaming. It also, potentially, allows the machine to achieve up to 8K resolution and/or run games in up to 120 frames per second. It supports real-time ray-tracing, as seen on the high-end Nvidia graphics cards released in the last couple of years.
A custom form of Variable Rate Shading will be on board, enabling developers to prioritize individual effects on specific on-screen elements rather than needing to refresh every pixel on-screen for each GPU cycle. This, in effect, makes higher-end, higher resolution graphics more efficient and, therefore, could allow for those greater frame rates mentioned.
There’s 16GB of GDDR6 RAM available to developers too, with 13GB set aside for gaming. An internal 1TB SSD (solid-state drive) is available for storage, which speeds up data access dramatically. And there is an expansion slot on the rear to add an optional, proprietary 1TB SSD card. The Xbox Series X is also capable of using external USB 3.0 hard drives, much like the Xbox One family.
Confirmed Xbox Series X specifications:
CPU: 8x Cores @ 3.8GHz (3.66GHz w/ SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU
GPU: 12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU
Die Size: 360.45 mm2
Process: 7nm Enhanced
Memory: 16GB GDDR6 w/ 320mb bus
Memory Bandwidth: 10GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s
Internal Storage: 1TB Custom NVME SSD
I/O Throughput: 2.4GB/s (Raw), 4.8GB/s (Compressed, with custom hardware decompression block)
Expandable Storage: 1TB Expansion Card (matches internal storage exactly)
External Storage: USB 3.2 External HDD Support
Optical Drive: 4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive
Performance Target: 4K @ 60fps, Up to 120fps
Xbox Series X: Games
All Xbox Series X launch games will also work on the existing Xbox One console series as well as Windows 10. This has been confirmed to be the case for at least the next two years. The console will launch with Halo Infinite, the latest chapter in the Halo series and the first for the next-generation console. So, that will also be available on existing Xbox One consoles and Windows – it won’t, therefore, be a Series X exclusive.
- Cyberpunk 2077
- Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
- Dirt 5
- The Medium
These are among the titles also coming to the platform this year followed by Forza Motorsport, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, and State of Decay 3 also coming in the future.
Xbox Series X: Release Date
We can expect the Xbox Series X to launch sometime in November 2020 as it is said that the Xbox Series X will be available from “Holiday 2020.” So, keep your game strong and expect the gaming console to release in the Holiday of November 2020. According to our speculations and research, it should be out sometime before Thanksgiving, 2020. Let’s keep our fingers crossed! Stay Tuned for more information.