Xbox Series X – everything we know so far

The first glimpse of Xbox's next project was at The Game Awards 2019, where a trailer of the new Xbox Series X was played and left many people wanting more. Microsoft promised that this Xbox will be the “fastest, most powerful console ever.” The release is scheduled for late 2020, and it is the same window in which we expect Sony to release the PS5. This Christmas is going to be wild for all the gamers out there.

Xbox Series X controller

The new Xbox Series will launch with a brand-new version of the Xbox Wireless Controller. In the trailer, the controller looks identical to the current Xbox One controller. Some of the key differences are that the new controller will feature:

  • A dedicated Share button which can capture screenshots and game clips
  • Revised d-pad which is based on the Xbox Elite Series 2 controller
  • Different sizes and shape will accommodate a broader range of customers
  • The new controller will also work with Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs

Xbox Series X games

Microsoft will be taking the opposite approach when it comes to exclusive games. Xbox announced that all the unique games you can play on the new console would be available on Xbox One and PC as well. This tactic is risky, considering they may risk the sales of the original product if customers realize they can play the new games on platforms they already own. Still, this tactic may leave Microsoft in gamers' good graces during the launch. Some of the announced games, you can look forward to are “Halo Infinite,” “Watch Dogs: Legion” and “Hellblade II.”

Halo Infinite is the long-awaited new entry in Microsoft's shooter series, and it will arrive hand-in-hand with the Xbox Series X in the Holiday season of 2020. Hellblade II is the sequel to the prevalent 2016 psychological action game. The game will be available exclusively for Xbox Series X and PC. We don't know much else about the launch lineup, but what we do know is that the Xbox Series X will support all current Xbox One games and the massive library of backward compatible Xbox titles.

Xbox Series X specifications

Imagine the power of Xbox One X times four. That is how powerful the custom 8-core AMD Zen 2 processor of the Xbox Series X will be. Other cool specs you will like are:

  • 8K Resolution
  • GDDR6 memory up to 16GB
  • Custom SSD
  • Up to 120fps gameplay
  • Ray tracing support
  • Variable Refresh Rate support
  • Auto Low Latency Mode
  • Dynamic Latency Input

All these impressive specs will result in virtually zero loading times and maybe a 40% performance increase. Although these specifications are impressive, they probably won't power VR, at least not in the Xbox Series X. The Xbox chief Phil Spencer noted that VR wouldn't be a priority for Microsoft's next-gen console “I have some issues with VR — it's isolating, and I think of games as a communal, kind of together experience…We're responding to what our customers are asking for, and nobody's asking for VR.”