With the next-gen consoles fast approaching, Microsoft has announced new details about their upcoming Xbox Series X.
In a blog post, Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, said, “The future of gaming has never been more inspiring. Creativity in games is flourishing. New services empower you to discover more games—and bring you closer to the games and creators and streamers you love. The cloud creates a massive opportunity to stream console-quality games and play with the people you want, wherever you want. And for many of us, nothing is more inspiring than the dawn of a new console generation.”
Powering the Xbox Series X is the custom designed processor that uses AMD’s Zen 2 and RDNA 2 architectures. This helps the console produce up to 12 teraflops of GPU power which is double the Xbox One X.
The Xbox Series X will be capable of hardware-accelerated DirectX Raytracing which produces true-to-life lighting, accurate reflections and realistic acoustics. In addition, there’s also Variable Rate Sharing (VRS) that helps the GPU prioritize on individual effects such as game characters and environmental objects.
The console comes with a next-generation SSD that should help make load times a thing of the past. A feature called Quick Resume will let you continue between multiple games from a suspended state almost instantly.
Dynamic Latency Input (DLI), HDMI 2.1 and 8K resolution support are also included on the Xbox Series X. There’s also support for 120fps in games.
Backwards compatibility is a big thing for Microsoft and the Xbox Series X will be capable of playing existing Xbox One games and backward compatible Xbox 360 and original Xbox titles. Developer CD Projekt Red said their upcoming game, Cyberpunk 2077 will be a cross-gen release and Xbox One owners of the game will be upgraded to the Xbox Series X when available.
Smart Delivery lets you buy a game once on Xbox One and you’ll automatically have the Xbox Series X version if you decide to upgrade your console. The technology will be available on all Xbox Game Studios titles.
Microsoft is making Smart Delivery available for all developers and publishers and they can use it for titles on Xbox One and then Xbox Series X later on.
Xbox Game Pass will also be supported on Xbox Series X and you’ll be able to play first-party titles such as Halo Infinite at launch.
The upcoming console will also be compatible with all Xbox One accessories.
Xbox Series X is currently set for a Holiday 2020 release.