17 March 2020
After months of referring Microsoft's next-gen gaming console as Project Scarlett, we finally know what it is called officially. Xbox Series X is the official name for the console that will be sold starting Holidays 2020. Microsoft revealed the name at Games Awards 2019 and also offered a quick look at what it looks like.
The Xbox Series X has a product design that will remind you of PC towers as it has a cuboidal shape. The first look gives the impression that it is meant to be kept vertically but can also be placed horizontally. Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, said that the new console is capable of offering four times the processing power of Xbox One X while being "the most quiet and efficient". This is the reason it is being touted as Microsoft's fasted and most powerful console ever.
To demonstrate what kind of game graphics one should be expecting, Microsoft showcased the gaming trailer of Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II. It is the latest gaming title from developers Ninja Theory and is a successor to widely popular Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. It should be noted that we have no idea whether this will be an Xbox Series X launch title.
Microsoft has not revealed anything new about technical specifications and we know exactly what we knew already. The Xbox Series X will be powered by a custom-made AMD processor that will leverage the newest Zen 2 and RDNA architecture. It will offer 4K resolution graphics at 60fps with ease that can also reach up to 120fps at times. There is support for 8K resolution and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) that will allow the console to offer the best possible frame rate for the particular moment.
The next-gen Xbox console will make use of SSD storage to reduce loading times so that users can start gaming quickly. It supports physical discs and even though Microsoft has not said anything yet, there are speculations that the team is also working on a disc-less all-digital variant. We should be hearing more about the same in the future if that's actually the case.
Other than the new Xbox Series X, Microsoft also unveiled an all-new Xbox Wireless Controller. It comes with a new design that Spencer says has been refined to accommodate an even wider range of people. It has the new D-Pad that Microsoft debuted on the Xbox Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller. It also has a "Share" button like Sony's Dualshock 4 controller that will allow gamers to quickly capture screenshots or record video clips and share them online. And as you might have expected, the new Xbox controller is compatible with Xbox One consoles as well as Windows 10 PCs.