Microsoft unveils new console, the Xbox Series X, coming in 2020

Microsoft unveils new console, the Xbox Series X, coming in 2020

Jan 06 2020

Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox officially has a name: The Xbox Series X.

The software giant revealed the name and console design on stage at the Game Awards last week, while confirming it will arrive in “Holiday 2020,” which likely means in November or December of next year.

Microsoft’s Xbox chief, Phil Spencer, said the new console will “deliver four times the processing power of Xbox One X in the most quiet and efficient way.”

The company hasn’t shared the exact technical specifications yet, beyond what it revealed in the past. The Xbox Series X will include a custom-designed CPU based on AMD’s Zen 2 and Radeon RDNA architecture. It will support 8K gaming, frame rates of up to 120 fps in games, ray tracing, and variable refresh rate support.

While the Graphics processing unit hasn’t been revealed yet either, it looks set to be a significant step up from what the XBox has offered in the past.

“We wanted to have a dramatic upgrade from the Xbox One base console,” Spencer said. “So when we do the math, we’re over eight times the GPU power of the Xbox One, and two times what an Xbox One X is.”

Microsoft is reportedly planning two new consoles for Series X, with a second less powerful console set to be offered at a lower price.

The company is also claiming Xbox Series X will be the “fastest” and “most powerful” console yet, suggesting it could outstrip the performance of Sony’s upcoming console, the Playstation 5.

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