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author: Darius Matusiak

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All We Know About New Xbox Series X – System Specs, Price, Launch Titles

"The most powerful console on the market." High computing power and an Xbox Game Pass subscription with premiere titles are Microsoft's main assets supposed to allow them to win the launch of next-gen launch. Here's all we know about Xbox Series X.

We are all keeping our fingers crossed for the planned arrival of a new generation of consoles around Christmas 2020, which will include Microsoft's new home gaming system, the Xbox Series X. In early May, the company confirmed it hadn't changed the plans. Will it be "the most powerful console on the market," as the producer suggests? We will hopefully find out in a few months. We've gathered for you all available information about the new cube and the launch titles for it.

The new Xbox looks pretty original. - All We Know About New Xbox Series X – System Specs, Price, Launch Titles - dokument - 2020-08-06
The new Xbox looks pretty original.

Microsoft's official announcements are an excellent source of information, as they didn't delay too much in revealing details and quite early revealed the looks of the new console and its gamepads. The official first look at "Project Scarlett" (as the new Xbox was dubbed) took place during E3 in 2019. A few months later, at the 2019 Game Awards, the entire device was unveiled, with an approximate release date – the 2020 holiday season.

Due to the pandemic and all the events that were called off, Microsoft wasn't able to show their stuff off at Game Developers Conference 2020 and gave the technical specification during a web presentation instead prepared with Digital Foundry and Overclock Media. However, the E3, and with it Microsoft's annual conference with presentations of upcoming titles, was replaced by a network show called Xbox 20/20. Starting in May, each month brought presentations of some really interesting Xbox Series X games, as well as trivia about Microsoft's new hardware and services.

Rumors of a lower-performance but cheaper version of the new Xbox called the Xbox Series S are also frequently surfacing around the web. This article will be updated as new information appears.

EVERYTHING WE KNOW ABOUT THE XBOX SERIES X

  1. Xbox Series X is the official name of the only model announced so far, and the new console itself is simply called... Xbox.
  2. Inside will be an eight-core Zen 2 processor from AMD (3.8 GHz), a graphics card from the same company based on the rDNA 2 architecture with ray tracking support and 16 gigabytes of GDDR6 RAM.
  3. The processing power of the graphics card will be 12 teraflops.
  4. The hardware is designed to display 4K @60 frames per second.
  5. The console will be equipped with a 1TB high-speed SDD.
  6. As an option, capacity will be expanded with a dedicated Xbox Series X Storage Expansion Card (1 TB) from Seagate, with a 2 TB becoming available later on.
  7. It will also include a 4K UHD Blu-ray drive, support for USB 3.2 and HDMI 2.1 standards.
  8. Xbox Series X will offer something called Quick Resume – an option that will allow you to quickly skip between games you've played a few moments earlier.
  9. Some games will use the Smart Delivery – a system designed for automatic installation of the appropriate version of software, optimized for the exact model and generation you use.
  10. Backward compatibility will cover all previous generations of the Xbox, and many titles are expected to run more smoothly and offer improvements such as HDR mode.
  11. The new controller will be a slightly streamlined version of that from Xbox One, slightly smaller and with a "Share" button.
  12. There are currently fifteen Xbox Game Studios dev teams working on games for the new generation.
  13. The console will, of course, use the extensive Xbox Game Pass library, which will also feature new launch titles.

Appearance and size

During the official presentation at The Game Awards 2019, Microsoft showed off the exterior of the new Xbox Series X. The designers opted for minimalism, creating an almost uniform black cuboid. The only cut in the body is the Blu-ray optical drive slot, and the console is also equipped with an "Eject" button and vents at the top. The fans are supposed to be whisper-silent. An additional heat drain is located at the rear, along with a set of ports.

The uniform surface is broken only by the heat outlets at the top. - All We Know About New Xbox Series X – System Specs, Price, Launch Titles - dokument - 2020-08-06
The uniform surface is broken only by the heat outlets at the top.

The dimensions are: 11.85" x 5.94", 5.94" (301 mm x 151 mm x 151 mm). The shape should allow better air circulation, and thus – even quieter operation. The new console is 50% bigger than Xbox One S, and weighs about 3 pounds more.

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