The console releases this holiday season.
A blog post finally revealed all the details about Microsoft’s next-generation gaming console, the Xbox Series X. The developers said that the console was made for three main purposes: power, speed, and compatibility.
Microsoft has already teased the hardware running on the Xbox Series X – this includes the AMD Zen 2 CPU partnered with an RDNA 2-class GPU. This allows the console to achieve 12 TFLOPS of GPU power, more than double of what the Xbox One X is currently offering.
The complete spec sheet for the Xbox Series X is listed below:
- CPU: 8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.6 GHz 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: 16 GB GDDR6 w/ 320b bus
- Memory Bandwidth: 10GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s
- Internal Storage: 1 TB Custom NVME SSD
- I/O Throughput: 2.4 GB/s (Raw), 4.8 GB/s (Compressed, with custom hardware decompression block)
- Expandable Storage: 1 TB Expansion Card (matches internal storage exactly)
- External Storage: USB 3.2 External HDD Support
- Optical Drive: 4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive
- Performance Target: 4K @ 60 FPS, Up to 120 FPS
From that alone, you can tell that the Xbox Series X packs more power than any console ever released. Other features like hardware-accelerated DirectX Raytracing will also be present. Microsoft added that Gears 5 will be optimized for the Xbox Series X, which will enable it to run at 4K 60fps without any hiccups.
For speed, the Xbox Series X has focused on Quick Resume technology, which will now let you resume and suspend multiple titles at the same time, right from the moment where you left off. Since the Xbox Series X stores the game state on the SSD, you can still go back to the game even after turning off your console – without ever seeing a loading screen.
As previously confirmed, the Xbox Series X will also support backward compatibility for games way back to the first Xbox. It won’t just run the previous generation games, but the console’s added power means that the graphics will look way better. Game saves and even Xbox One accessories will be fully compatible with the Xbox Series X.
The Xbox Series X’s pricing wasn’t confirmed, but expect that to happen in the next few months as the release date nears.