Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox is about to launch this 12 months, and with the calendar having turned to January 2020, new particulars in regards to the Xbox Series X are beginning to trickle out. It seems that the console will characteristic twin HDMI ports on the again — identical to the Xbox One earlier than it — proper by a pair of USB-C ports.

In its CES 2020 keynote presentation on Monday afternoon, AMD highlighted its standing because the chipmaker behind the CPU and GPU for Microsoft’s upcoming console — and confirmed off a render of the system, in a quick clip of the field spinning 180 levels from entrance to again. AMD’s glimpse of the subsequent Xbox lasted for only a few seconds, nevertheless it’s potential to glean an honest quantity of knowledge from it.

The starting of the animation revealed what appears to be like to be a standard USB-A port on the face of the console, positioned on the backside proper nook (in its vertical orientation). And as soon as it rotated round to the again, it displayed the Xbox Series X’s rear port array. Here’s the complete record, from prime to backside: an Ethernet jack, an optical audio-out port, two USB-C ports, two HDMI ports, and an influence connector. Since the console helps resolutions as much as 8K, variable refresh charge know-how, and auto low-latency mode, the HDMI ports — not less than, the HDMI output — will assist the HDMI 2.1 specification.

Xbox Series X port array revealed, including two HDMI ports
We’ve slowed down the clip to 66% pace to provide you a greater take a look at the ports.
Image: AMD/YouTube through Polygon

OK, so what does that inform us?

The Xbox One launched with two HDMI jacks — one enter, one output — as a result of Microsoft had designed the console as an all-in-one system that might be able to controlling cable TV. The concept was that customers would plug their cable/satellite tv for pc set-top field into the system’s HDMI-in port and use the HDMI-out port to ship every part to their TV. The console’s OneInformation performance would offer a programming information for the cable TV pass-through, and customers would have the ability to navigate the TV interface through a controller or — by the Xbox One Kinect — with their voice.

The Xbox One’s nongaming aspirations have been by no means actually fulfilled, and after Phil Spencer took over management of Microsoft’s Xbox division in early 2014, about 4 months after the console’s launch, he promised to instill a gaming-first focus for the platform. The firm has primarily left its lounge ambitions apart since then, so it’s considerably stunning to see that it’s nonetheless maintaining two HDMI ports round for the subsequent technology.

Xbox Series X port array revealed, including two HDMI ports
Just one USB-A port? We may want a USB hub.
Image: AMD/YouTube
Xbox Series X port array revealed, including two HDMI ports
From prime to backside: Ethernet, optical audio out, two USB-C ports, two HDMI ports, and an influence connector.
Image: AMD/YouTube

Of course, this doesn’t essentially imply that the identical enter/output setup is in place on the Xbox Series X. Microsoft may very well be outfitting the console with twin HDMI-out ports to assist a number of displays, which might be a boon to the livestreaming neighborhood.

Let’s transfer on to the opposite ports. It’s good to see USB-C — not simply because that’s the way forward for USB basically, however particularly as a result of it may permit the Xbox Series X to interface with digital actuality headsets by the VirtualLink standard. And the two-pin energy connector means that the Xbox Series X follows within the footsteps of the Xbox One S and Xbox One X with an inside energy provide.

We’ve requested Microsoft for additional particulars, and can replace this text with any info we obtain. The Xbox Series X is scheduled to be launched this vacation season, together with Sony’s PlayStation 5 — for which AMD can also be producing the CPU and GPU.