Friday, December 13, 2019

Microsoft unveils a new next-Gen console, Xbox Series X: Here's everything you need to know!

Microsoft unveils a new next-Gen console, Xbox Series X: Here's everything you need to know!
Microsoft officially unveiled a new console named Xbox series X, a potential competitor for the upcoming PS5 during the game awards last night.

Original Image by Microsoft

The new Xbox console was internally named Project Scarlett and was first officially introduced earlier this year at the annual E3 gaming event. Sony already confirmed the specs of the PS5 a few months ago but the new Xbox series X is also "powerful". Being able to handle visuals 60 fps to 120 fps, the Xbox Chief Phil Spencer, said in a blog post:

“The Xbox use X will be our fastest, most powerful console ever and set a new bar for performance, speed and compatibility ..." Phil Spencer
A major take from the new Xbox series X reveal is the fact that it has backwards compatibility. This means, all the games from all four generations of the Xbox series will be compatible with the new Xbox console. Phil continued...

"... allowing you to bring your gaming legacy, thousands of games from three generations and more forward with you" - Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox

The company's support and plans for cloud gaming was re-emphasised when they confirmed that Xbox project xCloud -- a potential Google  Stadia competitor will still be part of the Xbox experience and also, game saves from the Series X will be available across devices.


For the nerds, Here are the rumoured specs

  1. 1 CPU: 8-core targeting around 3.5 GHz. 
  2. 2 GPU: Xbox Series X GPU and custom processor. 
  3. 3 Compute Power: 12 TFLOPS. 
  4. 4 RAM: 13 GB for games, 3 GB for operating system (16 GB total). 
  5. 5 Storage: Custom non-volatile memory express solid-state storage (NVMe SSD).

A new Xbox Controller

A new Xbox controller was also revealed and during the event and from first impressions you can tell it looks not so much different from the current Xbox controller. As a sub-company of Microsoft, unsurprisingly, the new Xbox Wireless controller will be compatible with windows 10 and will ship together with the new Xbox Series X console.

Xbox Series X Release Date

As announced earlier this year together with the Xbox Project Scarlett, the new console is expected be released with first party games like Halo Infinite and Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II in Holiday 2020. Not much has been confirmed yet, hands-on experience and more will be revealed next year at E3.


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