The next generation of games has finally arrived, as Microsoft have announced a brand new Xbox is on the way – the Series X.
We have the PlayStation 5 confirmed from Sony, we have the Google Stadia, but now we know what Microsoft is planning – and it looks like an absolute beast of a machine. Previously known as the cryptic “Project Scarlett” the new generation of Xbox looks to be an absolute powerhouse of graphical fidelity.
The world was exposed to the future console during the Xbox stage show at E3 2019, and we got a bunch of details, including a vague release date and some powerful specs to get excited about from the Game Awards 2019.
So read below to find out everything we know about Xbox Series X.
Xbox Series X release date – When is it coming out?
We still have the rest of the year to wait, but the Series X will be in our living rooms very soon.
Microsoft revealed the new console will be on sale during the holidays of 2020, so that’s between October and Christmas this year. If you’re a hardcore gamer, you’ll be a little concerned that this is around the same time Sony’s PlayStation 5 is set to release to the world, so it could be an expensive time to play video games.
No details yet on a pre-order link or on just how expensive this futuristic new console will be, but we would start saving now as it won’t come cheap.
Xbox Series X price – How much will it cost?
Microsoft are wary of making the same mistake they made with the Xbox One and are likely to aim the price a little lower than you’d expect to entice you to buy their console over Sony’s.
We expect it to be around the £450 mark, given prices for consoles over the last few generations, but who knows at this point. You also have to factor in the bundles and costs of the games, which will likely be a little bit more expensive and the Xbox Series X version of Xbox Live, which is the subscription service which lets you jump online to play with friends.
Add all this up and it could still be an expensive bit of kit.
Xbox Series X specs – How powerful is it?
Looking at the spec of Series X, we can see it being one of the most powerful gaming platforms ever made – maybe even more powerful than the PS5…
Don’t let the bulky design fool you, this console will be full of the latest tech to super-enhance your games and drag you, kicking and screaming, into the next generation.
Xbox Series X will have a super powerful AMD custom processor using architecture from Zen 2 and the Navi family, which will have comparable power to some of the most advanced PC set-ups on the market. This is no surprise when you look at the design as it looked pretty much like a PC tower at this point – less box and more fridge.
This means that it will clock more power than two Xbox One X consoles, which was already a ridiculously good console in its own right.
“I think the area that we really want to focus on next generation is frame rate and playability of the games,” Spencer explained in an interview with Gamespot. “Ensuring that the games load incredibly fast, ensuring that the game is running at the highest frame rate possible.”
Basically what Xbox is looking at right now is 8K resolution at 120Hz frame rates at its peak and 4K in 60FPS as a “design goal”, which is one hell of a claim.
To put this into context, the Xbox One X was hailed as a super-powerful console when it could process 4K games at an unsteady 60FPS. Series X will be able to handle that at baseline performance and double that at its maximum potential.
Load times will also be dramatically reduced on the new console thanks to a built-in Solid-State Drive (SSD). Most computers utilise an SSD to make pulling data from the hard drive much more efficient.
The PS5 is already going to have an SSD inside, which will improve load-times of games by up to 40x. We have seen examples on the PS4 exclusive game Marvel’s Spider-Man, where loading screens taking 15 seconds on the PS4 will now take less than a second on the PS5.
If Series X can manage these speeds too, as well as native 8K resolution, it will be one hell of a machine.
Xbox Series X games – What will I be able to play on it?
During the Xbox conference at E3, we discovered Halo Infinite, the latest edition in the insanely popular Halo series, will be a launch title on Series X, which will be welcome news for die-hard Xbox fans.
We don’t know much more about the new game just yet, other than a brief trailer showing MasterChief back in action, but hopefully we will get more details and gameplay in the coming weeks.
Xbox head honcho Phil Spencer also announced they’re working with 15 Xbox Game Studios to deliver a large library of games on release for you to blitz through.
When the original Xbox One released, there was a pretty flat list of games (we are looking hard at you Ryse: Son of Rome) so it’s refreshing to see Microsoft putting the gamers first this time.
We also know that we will be able to pick up Hellblade II: Senua’s Saga on the Series X, which looks incredibly gorgeous in the early trailers.
Other than that, we can make some educated guesses and wild speculation on other titles to launch sometime after the Series X is comfortably in our home.
We have Watch Dogs: Legion, Rainbow 6: Quarantine, and Gods and Monsters almost guaranteed to come out within the first 6 months of release, as well as a Battlefield 6 thrown into the mix too.
We are still patiently waiting for an Elder Scrolls sequel, GTA 6, and info about whatever Forza (both Horizon and MotorSport) are up to these days too, so the list grows stronger as we move into 2021.
And if that wasn’t enough, the Series X will also be backwards compatible, so you can play all your favourites with upgraded graphics on the new console *immediately fires up Minecraft*.
We will be updating this page with more details about Xbox Series X as we get them, so make sure you keep this page bookmarked.
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