Project Scarlett is dead, long live Xbox Series X
Microsoft began The Game Awards with a bang by formally introducing their next console, which, as has speculated, is officially slated to release in time for the 2020 holiday season.
Dubbed the Xbox Series X, the uniquely square console is quite literally the company’s new shiny box. In terms of design, the hardware maintains the Xbox One’s aesthetic trappings with its sleek black coloring and white illuminated logo power button near the edge of the unit, which is as wide as a single Xbox One controller and roughly three times as tall. A ventilation grill is located on the top of the console, which is cooled by just one fan, which Microsoft claims allows the system to remain as quiet as the Xbox One X despite supposedly being four times as powerful as its predecessor in terms of processing power.
Speaking of power, the Xbox Series X’s specs manage to impress. It boasts the ability to pump out native 4K visuals at 60FPS, which Microsoft claims could go up to 120FPS. It also offers support for Variable Refresh Rate and 8K resolutions. The hardware itself is powered by a processor based on the latest Zen 2 and next-gen RDNA architecture courtesy of AMD to produce hardware-accelerated ray tracing and Variable Rate Shading. Additionally, the Series X also features a next-generation SSD drive that the developer boasts “will virtually eliminate load times and bring players into their gaming worlds faster than ever before.”
You can find the full Xbox Series X premiere below:
While the Series X aims to be the future of the brand, the company thankfully hasn’t forgotten its roots, and it shows in the platform’s backward compatibility capabilities that extend from the Xbox One back to the original Xbox software library.
In addition to the console itself, Microsoft also unveiled the latest iteration of the company’s iconic controller. “Its size and shape have been refined to accommodate an even wider range of people,” described Xbox boss Phil Spencer, “and it also features a new Share button to make capturing screenshots and game clips simple, and an advanced d-pad derived from the Xbox Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller.”
And, as you’d expect, the controller is also fully compatible with Windows 10.
As of the time of this writing, the console’s exact release date and price point and launch lineup have yet to be confirmed. However, with about a year left to go between now and the console’s projected launch window, there’s still plenty of time for Microsoft to fill in the gaps.
So, what do you think of the Xbox Series X’s hardware specs so far? Do you think you’ll be an early adopter when the console launches next year? Be sure to let us know in the comments below.