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Xbox Series X details: games, price, release date, and more

The subsequent era of consoles is true on the horizon, and each Microsoft and Sony have revealed fairly just a few info about their new machines.

Microsoft debuted the Xbox Series X underneath the codename “Project Scarlett” at E3 2019, and gave us a primary take a look at the console’s design in December. With anticipated exclusives like Halo Infinite, and a giant concentrate on backward compatibility, the platform has so much to supply — regardless that various questions stay. Here’s all the things we all know in regards to the Xbox Series X.

What is the Xbox Series X’s launch date?

The Xbox Series X is scheduled to come back out someday in “holiday 2020,” however Microsoft hasn’t revealed a selected date simply but. A glance again at Microsoft’s earlier releases might give us a clue. Microsoft launched the Xbox 360 on Nov. 22, 2005, and launched the Xbox One on Nov. 22, 2013. While this would possibly recommend that the Xbox Series X, too, will debut on Nov. 22, we aren’t so certain. The Xbox 360 was launched on a Tuesday, a standard day for brand spanking new releases, and the Xbox One on a Friday, additionally frequent.

In 2020, Nov. 22 is a Sunday, which might be extraordinarily odd so far as launch days go. A extra possible date can be Nov. 20, the Friday earlier than. However, all of those dates are simply guesses, and we gained’t know the precise launch date till Microsoft pronounces it.

What are the {hardware} specs of the Xbox Series X?

Here’s the tl;dr earlier than we settle into tech jargon. The Xbox Series X is over 9 instances extra highly effective than the launch-model Xbox One, and greater than twice as highly effective because the Xbox One X, in response to Microsoft. The guts of the Xbox Series X will permit the console to ship content material at resolutions as excessive as 8K and body charges as much as 120 frames per second, with cutting-edge graphics options like hardware-accelerated real-time ray tracing in video games.

The Xbox Series X comprises a customized GPU from AMD based mostly on the corporate’s RDNA 2 structure. (RDNA 2-based graphics playing cards don’t but exist, however AMD reportedly plans to launch them later this 12 months.) Microsoft says it wished the console to ship a constant stage of GPU efficiency, so the chip’s 52 compute items at all times run at a frequency of 1.825 GHz. That quantities to a computational capability of 12.155 teraflops — making the Xbox Series X over 18% extra highly effective than the PlayStation 5, a minimum of on paper. Both consoles have 16 GB of GDDR6 RAM.

Microsoft selected an eight-core CPU based mostly on AMD’s Zen 2 microarchitecture that runs at a locked 3.Eight GHz when simultaneous multithreading (SMT) is disabled, and at 3.6 GHz with SMT enabled throughout the eight bodily cores and 16 threads. (SMT is a method that may considerably enhance computational effectivity by spreading work throughout processing “threads”; it requires extra effort to program for it, and the vast majority of trendy video games don’t reap the benefits of it.) The Xbox Series X additionally has an edge over the PS5 on this class, albeit a a lot smaller one. As with its GPU, Sony opted for a variable-frequency CPU within the PS5, selecting a most clock velocity of three.5 GHz with SMT at all times enabled.

However, the Xbox Series X seems to have a marked drawback with regards to information throughput. Microsoft developed a system dubbed the Xbox Velocity Architecture, which produces learn speeds from the console’s 1 TB NVMe SSD of two.Four GB per second of uncooked information and 4.Eight GB/s of compressed information bandwidth. The firm says this “effectively eliminates loading times,” nevertheless it’s half as quick as Sony’s answer, which may ship 5.5 GB/s (uncooked) and 8-9 GB/s (compressed). As for the storage dimension, Xbox Series X homeowners will have the ability to double the capability by shopping for a proprietary reminiscence card-like machine that packs a 1 TB NVMe SSD right into a small unit that plugs right into a slot on the again of the console.

What does the Xbox Series X’s design appear to be?

product image of Xbox Series X standing up with controller standing up in front of it, on a black background

The Xbox Series X measures 11.85 inches in peak, with a width and depth of 5.94 inches.
Image: Microsoft

As with the PS5, the Xbox Series X’s design is a radical departure from the everyday look of a bit of electronics constructed for the lounge. It’s form of a nondescript monolith in matte charcoal grey, an extended (or tall, if it’s standing up) rectangular field that’s just like the dimensions of two GameCubes stacked collectively. Looking on the console in its vertical configuration, the unit has a sq. footprint — 5.94 inches for each width and depth — with a peak simply shy of a foot at 11.85 inches.

As of now, Microsoft has but to announce some other fashions of its next-gen system, though rumors of a less powerful, discless console have continued for ages. The entrance of the Xbox Series X includes a energy button, an eject button for the console’s 4K Blu-ray drive, the disc slot, and one USB-A 3.2 port. The rear port array consists of the aforementioned storage growth slot, two extra USB 3.2 ports, an Ethernet jack, an HDMI 2.1 output, and an influence port.

What Xbox Series X equipment are there?

The Xbox Series X’s wi-fi controller represents a refinement of the Xbox One controller moderately than a full redesign. Microsoft labored to make it extra comfy for a wider vary of individuals, particularly these with smaller arms. In addition to the Xbox Series X, the gamepad is suitable with Android, iOS, and Windows PC. And it presents a built-in 3.5 mm headphone jack, a USB-C port, and — taking after the PlayStation 4’s DualShock 4 — a Share button for immediate entry to capturing screenshots and gameplay clips.

The solely different official Xbox Series X accent that Microsoft has introduced at this level is the aforementioned Storage Expansion Card, for which the corporate partnered with Seagate. There’s no data but on how a lot it can value.

What will the Xbox Series X’s worth be?

a 3⁄4 view of the top of the Xbox Series X, with a green piece of plastic visible just beneath the system vents

The high of the Xbox Series X. (No, that’s not a inexperienced gentle beneath the vents — only a piece of plastic.)
Image: Microsoft

Microsoft has but to announce an official worth for its newest console. The Xbox One debuted at $499.99, whereas the Xbox 360 launched at simply $399.99. With all of the tech inside the brand new console, it’s potential that it might are available in on the costly finish of the dimensions, however we’ll have to attend for MIcrosoft’s official phrase to know for certain.

There’s additionally one other risk for the upcoming Xbox console worth: It might have a fee plan choice. For the Xbox One, Microsoft presents a plan that’s referred to as Xbox All Access. This is a bundle that features an Xbox One console and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for costs beginning at $19.99 per 30 days for 24 months (relying on the selection of console). There’s actually no strategy to know the way standard this selection is or whether or not or not Microsoft will proceed it, nevertheless it’s price noting that the present plan does embrace the flexibility to improve to the Xbox Series X after making 18 month-to-month funds.

Will the Xbox Series X get delayed previous its launch date?

It’s at all times potential, however most likely not. For the time being, Microsoft has assured followers that the console remains to be on observe to fulfill the vacation 2020 launch window, regardless of issues about delays from the novel coronavirus pandemic.

What form of video games will the Xbox Series X have?

The Xbox Series X could have the entire third-party releases that you’d anticipate from each console. That means franchises and video games like Call of Duty, Destiny, Fortnite, NBA 2K, and FIFA will all be on the console. But the true draw of a console is its unique video games.

Console exclusives aren’t what they was once, however there are nonetheless just a few Xbox exclusives kicking round for the Xbox Series X. It’s price noting right here that “exclusive” is kind of a relative time period. Every first-party Xbox Series X recreation may also be launched concurrently on Windows PC, so “exclusive” mainly signifies that it gained’t present up on a Sony or Nintendo console within the close to future.

a dark-haired bearded man and Master Chief look to the right in Halo Infinite

Image: 343 Industries/Xbox Game Studios

Microsoft’s crown jewel stays the Halo sequence, which has been true for practically 20 years. The Xbox Series X could have its personal entry within the sequence with Halo Infinite, which is scheduled to launch alongside the console. Beyond that, there may also possible be a Forza Motorsport recreation within the close to future and possibly a brand new Fable recreation, in addition to a Gears title — although Gears 5 was solely launched in 2018, so it could possibly be just a few extra years earlier than the franchise arrives on the brand new console. And Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 additionally doesn’t look like coming anytime quickly.

Will the Xbox Series X play Xbox One video games by way of backward compatibility?

If you care about backward compatibility — about with the ability to play current-generation (and older) video games in your next-generation console — then the Xbox Series X is your greatest guess. Prioritizing Xbox 360 backward compatibility was one of many key steps in Phil Spencer’s efforts to show across the Xbox One’s fortunes, and Microsoft has put in a whole lot of work over time to broaden the initiative. Now, the corporate is promising that its subsequent console will assist “thousands of your favorite games across four generations of gaming,” from the unique Xbox to the Xbox 360 to the Xbox One to the Xbox Series X.

This additionally extends to Xbox One equipment: They’ll be suitable with the Xbox Series X, whether or not that’s the usual wi-fi gamepad or the Xbox Adaptive Controller. In addition, gamers’ Xbox Achievements and — by way of Xbox Live’s cloud-based recreation saves — their recreation progress will carry over throughout generations.

Microsoft says that backward-compatible video games will run utilizing the “full power” of the Xbox Series X CPU, GPU, and SSD. Players can anticipate “higher and more steady framerates and rendering at their maximum resolution and visual quality,” together with “significant reductions” in load instances because of the console’s quick SSD. And Microsoft is even promising the flexibility to robotically add HDR colour to older video games and double the body price on a few of them, going from 30 frames per second to 60 fps or from 60 fps to 120 fps.

Are there cross-generation video games throughout Xbox One and Xbox Series X?

Gears 5 working on an Xbox One X (left) versus the model that’s been optimized for the Xbox Series X (proper). Note the vastly improved accuracy of lighting and shadows, notably beneath the overhang of the higher stage of concrete. The total look of the scene is way much less flat.
Image: The Coalition/Xbox Game Studios

Microsoft has a program referred to as Smart Delivery for Xbox One video games that later get launched on Xbox Series X. Smart Delivery makes certain that you just’re enjoying the suitable model of the sport irrespective of which console you’re enjoying on. So the quick reply is: Yes, you get each variations of whichever recreation you purchase.

For many video games, particularly these which can be popping out proper earlier than the launch of the Xbox Series X, they’ll robotically improve to improved variations of the sport in the event that they’re launched on the brand new console. Microsoft has supplied an inventory of video games which can be confirmed to be suitable with Smart Delivery thus far:

How will Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass work on Xbox Series X?

Microsoft’s on-line service for the Xbox has just a few totally different choices. To play video games on-line in any respect, you’ll want Xbox Live Gold. It prices $9.99 a month or $59.99 a 12 months, and it grants you entry to on-line play in addition to just a few free and discounted video games by means of the Games With Gold program. But there are just a few extra choices out there as nicely.

Xbox Game Pass provides you entry to a library of dozens of video games at any given time, together with sure new or lately launched video games. As lengthy as you keep a subscription, you’ll be able to obtain these video games and play them at any time. Xbox Game Pass additionally prices $9.99 a month, nevertheless it doesn’t include Xbox Live Gold, so that you’ll must subscribe to that individually.

As a 3rd choice, you could possibly subscribe to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. This bundle comes with all of the video games of Xbox Game Pass, together with Xbox Live Gold, for $14.99 a month. As a bonus, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate additionally allows you to entry the Windows PC model of Game Pass, in case you’d prefer to play some video games there as an alternative. All issues thought-about, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is Microsoft’s greatest deal, and can possible be a robust pairing with the Xbox Series X as soon as the console is launched.


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