Microsoft unveiled its next-generation gaming console at The Game Awards, the Xbox Series X. The console’s release was long-anticipated ever since it got teased as “Project Scarlett”, a console that would have a greater performance capability than any other console. They claimed that the console will be four times more powerful than the Xbox One X and will come with more memory, better resolution, and higher graphics quality.
Some of its specifications were revealed beforehand, but the design itself was never revealed before The Game Awards. It seems that Microsoft has gone for a new approach when it comes to naming their console and its main design. The console sports a blockier style, similar to many gaming PC cases.
— The Game Awards (@thegameawards) December 13, 2019
Pricing has not quite been Microsoft’s forte. The community frowned upon the Xbox One X’s massive price tag of $499. Microsoft said that this time they will be more modest with the pricing of the console and deliver a good price-power ratio.
With that being said, many expect the Xbox Series X to retail at around $600. Given Microsoft’s track record, this price may decrease after launch, depending on how the community feels about it.
Using a custom-designed processor from AMD making use of Zen 2 and Navi architecture, Xbox Series X is four times more powerful than the Xbox One X. It’ll be capable of running games at 120Hz frame rates, at potential 8K resolutions, while also showcasing fancy real-time ray-tracing tech.
— Xbox (@Xbox) December 13, 2019
This means that the console will be on par with many high-end gaming PCs available today. The default storage will also be an SSD meaning it will be up to 40x faster.
Games and accessories
The console will come out along with Halo Infinite. Of course, we would be remiss to not mention Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II which made its world premiere alongside the Xbox Series X. It also makes it the first game announced for the console. The trailer was captured using the new console’s engine, so we can expect the game included in the console’s library. Aside from that, it will have three generations of backward compatibility.
Microsoft is also releasing a next-gen controller with its console. This wireless controller will be smaller than its predecessor and will have Bluetooth capabilities. As an addition, the controller will also have a dedicated share button to share screenshots and clips.
The Xbox Series X is set to be released during the holiday of 2020. This is also the expected release timeframe for the PlayStation 5. We have yet to hear anything about the PS5, but we know they have their work cut out against the Xbox Series X.
YouTube: Xbox Series X – World Premiere – 4K Trailer
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