The year 2019 is coming to an end, and for Microsoft, the time of the Xbox One series of home gaming consoles is coming to a close. Since last June, they have been teasing specs of the successor console in the Xbox line, developed under the project name of Scarlett. The hardware capabilities that were spoken of would not quite sound out of place for a gaming PC, but with a console flair of its own. Hardcore gamers have been waiting for more word from Microsoft about Project Scarlett. This week the wait ended, with the reveal of the look and name of the console.
Comic Book Resources reports that Microsoft has unveiled their new console from Project Scarlett, which will be known as the Xbox Series X. The device was fittingly revealed this Thursday, December 12, at the 2019 Game Awards in Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater. About the only downer detail about this holiday unveiling of the Xbox Series X is that it will be released in the holidays…of next year instead. The console was presented by Microsoft’s Executive VP of Gaming Phil Spencer, who has also promised that plenty of games are already in development at Xbox game development studios around the world.
On first glance at the Series X, it is becoming clear that the traditional trend of home videogame consoles designed to lie horizontally on a surface are on the way out. Microsoft and Sony have made inroads into vertically-oriented consoles, and even Nintendo has followed suit with the standing Switch gaming dock. The Xbox Series X actually can be placed vertically or horizontally, but it looks more like a PC tower than any console device that has come out before. Spencer notes that the large internal space of the Series X packs more processing power than the Xbox One X, as in four times more.
Further specifications of the Microsoft Xbox Series X include a customized CPU with architecture from usually PC-connected names such as Radeon RDNA and Zen 2 from AMD. Loading times are shorter than ever with the NVMe SSD. Such a setup can more than handle 120 fps frame rate, ray tracing, variable refresh, and especially 8K gaming. Phil Spencer would not elaborate on the graphics performance, but notes that the Series X has eight times the GPU of the Xbox One, and double that of the Xbox One X; an estimate would mean the One X’s 6 teraflops GPU would be 12 teraflops on Series X.
The Xbox Series X will also use a new wireless controller that will actually be backwards compatible with the Xbox One series and even PC. A Series X game trailer was also revealed in “Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II” from Ninja Theory. No price and release date for the Xbox Series X was shared, though given it is still far off, there is really no problem.
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