Xbox Series X: All the known details regarding Microsoft’s next console, arriving in 2020
The rumour mill already previously teased that the successor console to Xbox One would be similarly sold as two models: Codename Lockhart and Codename Anaconda. Last night’s Game Awards ceremony finally gave us our first proper look at what to expect from the latter, being a 4K-equipped “tower of power” that will arrive in Holiday 2020 to usher in a new console generation of consoles. It’s officially been dubbed the Xbox Series X by the head of Xbox himself Phil Spencer, being pitched as the fastest, most powerful Xbox ever.
We thought we’d use this as an opportunity to put together a detailed advice post covering all we know so far about what’s now called the Xbox Series X. Here we’ll break down everything regarding its specs, features, confirmed games and price. Essentially, you needn’t look anywhere else for the ultimate guide on what promises to be one of the most impressive home consoles ever released. Here’s everything we know about the Xbox Series X.
Xbox Series X: Release Date
Let’s start with something we know for absolute certain. Xbox Series X will release alongside a slimmer, more affordable and discless version (currently without a name) some time in Holiday 2020. Previously Xbox consoles have made a habit of always launching in November, so it’s safe to assume that the Xbox Series X console will also release in a similar window.
Xbox Series X: Specs
According to all information revealed so far, the Xbox Series X is shaping up to live up to its claim as being the fastest and most powerful Xbox console ever. Its AMD Zen 2 processer, for instance, already confirms that it’ll tout four times the power of the Xbox One X, which is the most powerful console on the market at present. A Windows Central report released earlier in December also highlighted its 12 Teraflops of power, which is a marked improvement over the Xbox One X’s 6.
The Xbox Series X’s will also feature Ray Tracing capabilities to render explosions, lighting and particle effects more believably than ever before, rendering games at a maximum 8K resolution and 120 frames per second. Phil Spencer has also committed to removing the annoyance of long loading times, kitting the Xbox Series X out with a custom NVMe SSD to make them much faster.
|Specs||Xbox Series X|
|Release Date||Holiday 2020|
|Processor||Custom 8-core AMD Zen 2|
|RAM||GDDR6 up to 16GB|
|Storage||Custom NVMe SSD|
|Max framerate||120 frames per second|
Xbox Series X: Design
One of the most striking reveals divulged at 2019’s Game Awards ceremony purely came from the Xbox Series X’s chassis design. You see, whereas most consoles these days are largely designed to be rested vertically, the Xbox One X resembles more of a PC tower, opting for a sleek vertical design that sees it stand upwards. This makes it substantially taller than any Xbox console before it.
Phil Spencer commented on the Xbox Series X’s design aesthetic in an interview with Gamespot: “There’s always this tension between design and the kind of acoustics and cooling and function of the console, and we were not going to compromise on function. I’m just incredibly impressed with the design that they came back with.” While no official height size has been disclosed, that same article placed it at around three times as tall as a traditional Xbox One Wireless controller.
Xbox Series X: Additional features
The Xbox Series X has already been confirmed to work with Microsoft’s excellent game subscription service, Xbox Game Pass. This is what grants console owners instant access to a rotating library of over 100 games, all for one monthly membership fee. It’s also been revealed that the Xbox Series X will be backwards compatible with original Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One games, at least digitally if not physically.
Microsoft has been the bastion of this movement for the current generation, so it makes sense that they’d want to pay this forward. On this topic, Phil Spencer said: “ “Thanks to backward compatibility, you can expect your gaming legacy, thousands of your favourite games across four generations of gaming, all your Xbox One gaming accessories, and industry-leading services like Xbox Game Pass to be available when you power on your Xbox Series X in Holiday 2020.”
Xbox Series X: Confirmed Games
Of course, all these impressive specs and features would mean nothing were there not lots of great games to play on the Xbox Series X. Luckily, however, Phil Spencer confirmed at The Game Awards that plenty of first- and third-party developers already have devkits and are hard at work developing games for the Xbox Series X eco-system. Below is a list of all the Xbox Series X games confirmed so far:
- Halo Infinite
- Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2
- Watch Dogs: Legion
- Gods and Monsters
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine
Xbox Series X: Price
One of the most important details yet to be revealed is the Xbox Series X’s actual price. However, considering its incredibly high-end tech specs, it’d be safe to assume that it’ll be priced much higher than what the Xbox One did at launch. Both the original Xbox One and Xbox One X initially launched at a £450 price point, so that’s the best that we should hope for at this stage.
Those not wanting to pay full price for an Xbox Series X do have another option in Xbox All Access, Microsoft’s recently introduced finance payment plan. Offered here in the UK by both GAME and Smyths, and it lets you spread the cost of your purchase over a prolonged period. All Access members can upgrade to the Xbox Series X when it releases in Holiday 2020 once they’ve made 18 payments. Visit our full guide for further information.
Xbox Series X: Controller
We already knew going into the Xbox Series X’s official reveal that the Xbox Elite Series 2 controller (currently compatible with PC and Xbox One) would work on it. What we didn’t know, however, was what form the Xbox Series X controller would take. It turns out that the design hasn’t changed too much from the Xbox One Official Wireless controller, albeit with a few notable exceptions.
For one, the Xbox Series X controller is slightly smaller than the Xbox One’s current controller, likely in an effort to feel more comfortable in the hands of most players. Then there’s the addition of a dedicated share button in the centre, a hybrid D-pad for better gameplay. Overall, Microsoft has revealed that the Xbox Series X controller has been specifically designed to fit 98% of hands.