Xbox: The Next Generation

The Xbox Series X will be the next generation of console. It was announced in late 2019 to be released some time in 2020. Microsoft has confirmed that the Series X will be the first in a new Xbox console family. These new consoles will support a blockier design similar to that of a small PC and with a look at the specs it is easy to say that the new Xbox will be a powerhouse.

The Series X will be released between October and December 2020. Delays are not currently expected. No official price has been confirmed, however Microsoft says it will not make the same mistake that it made with the last generation when it comes to its release price.

The new adaptive controller design

The Specs

  • CPU: 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.8GHz (3.6GHz with SMT) 7nm
  • GPU: 12 TFLOPs, 52 CUs at 1.825GHz, Custom RDNA 2
  • Memory: 16GB GDDR6
  • Storage: 1TB custom NVMe SSD
  • Optical drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray
  • Ports: HDMI 2.1 output, 3x USB 3.2, networking port, expanded storage slot, power input
  • 120 fps support
  • Potential 8K resolutions

Compared to the latest current Xbox One X the Series X will be a lot more powerful and faster, with many of its components being custom made for it. Of course, worries are that this could raise the price. A recent and large twitter poll showed that price could well be the deciding factor between the Xbox Series X and the PS5.

The design of the Series X is different to that of its predecessors. With an aim to make it more tower like, the look is similar to that of a PC. There is still an option of a disk drive and the console weighs nearly 5kg with the fan coming out the top. The Series X is being released along with a new controller that has been designed to be more accessible to everyone. This matches Xbox’s long strides to make gaming available for everyone.

As a guarantee, Microsoft has announced both backwards compatibility as well as a new system called smart delivery. While not much is known about just what this means it has been officially announced that any future games released will be playable on later generations, giving us a sense of forward compatibility.

In my next article I’ll be going over some of the games that will be available on the Series X with some favorite series returning.

Article by JonahAlex12

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