During the Game Awards 2019, Microsoft officially announced the name of their next-gen console called Xbox Series X (formerly Project Scarlett).
Compared to past Xbox consoles, the Xbox Series X has a rectangular prism design that is taller. The top of the console has the air vents and what looks like a green status light.
The front of the console has the Xbox logo and disc slot and USB ports and sync button to connect Xbox accessories.
The look and feel of the console are in line with the Xbox One X console that launched in 2017.
In a blog post, Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, said, “Xbox Series X will be our fastest, most powerful console ever and set a new bar for performance, speed and compatibility, allowing you to bring your gaming legacy, thousands of games from three generations and more forward with you. Its industrial design enables us to deliver four times the processing power of Xbox One X in the most quiet and efficient way, something that is critically important in delivering truly immersive gameplay. We also designed Xbox Series X to support both vertical and horizontal orientation. It’s bold and unique, very much like our fans around the world and the team of collaborators and innovators who built it.”
One of the first games that is being developed for the Xbox Series X is Ninja Theory’s Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II. Microsoft shared this trailer which shows the game running in-engine on the new console.
Alongside the Xbox Series X is the new Xbox Wireless Controller which has been refined to “accommodate an even wider range of people.” There’s also a new Share button to capture screenshots and game clips with ease and D-pad that is from the new Xbox Elite Series 2.
The new controller is compatible with the Xbox One, Windows 10 PC and is included with every Xbox Series X.
The Xbox Series X will be capable of 4K at 60 fps with support up to 120 fps, Variable Refresh Rate and 8K resolution. There’s also a next-gen SSD for even faster load times.
The console will be powered by a custom-designed AMD Zen 2 processor using their RDNA architecture with support for ray tracing, Variable Rate Shading (VRS) technology.
Microsoft is also going to be using technology such as Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) which allows developers to use Dynamic Latency Input (DLI) to make the console more responsive.
The upcoming console will have backwards compatible support for games across four generations of Xbox consoles, Xbox Game Pass and Xbox One accessories.
The Xbox Series X will launch in Holiday 2020.