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After a long period of not being able to pick up an Xbox Series X, we're starting to see pockets of stock appearing more regularly. You still need to be quick, but options are gradually becoming available. Here’s what you need to know:
Having already claimed the mantel of the most powerful home gaming console ever with the Xbox One X, Microsoft are now aiming to retain that title with their next generation console, the Xbox Series X. It is scheduled to arrive worldwide in November 2020, offering everyone the chance to experience the latest games at 4K quality at a smooth 60 frames per second. Graphics, load times, frame rate and more are much improved for the next generation of console gaming.
Helping it stand apart aesthetically from all prior Xbox consoles is its vertical height, which sees it resemble more of a PC than a traditional home console setup. The Xbox Series X is actually three times as tall as an official Xbox One Controller, but Microsoft has since confirmed that it can also be titled to the side – your current home media centre is safe. The Xbox Series X will welcome in another decade of great games, seeing the return of tentpole franchises like Halo and Gears in addition to all-new ones we know are already in the works.
After months of waiting, we now know that the Xbox Series X will be hitting shelves on November 10th, 2020, just in time for Black Friday and the big rush to pick up presents in time for Christmas. Though two months away, we expect to see pre-orders beginning shortly across all the UK’s major online retailers, who are all present and compared right here on Console Deals.
In announcing their release date, Microsoft have stolen a march on Sony and their PS5 console, which remains without either a release date or price. Microsoft will be hoping that in doing so, they won’t give Sony the opportunity to get out in front of them in terms of release date or price – though, with just two months to go and Microsoft surprising analysts with relatively consumer friendly pricing, it’s hard to see that happening!
The Xbox Series X has been confirmed as retailing with an RRP of £449.99. This is about in-line with the traditional launch price for a console, and given the high-end components included in the console, including an SSD and significant amounts of GPU, it’s a solid price. What makes a pleasant change is the price is kinder to the UK than is usual on console pricing. In the past, consoles have launched with the same price tag in Euros and US Dollars as in pound sterling, so it’s actually beneficial to pick the console up at its UK price. For that price, you’ll also recieve the revamped wireless controller design, and don’t be surprised if there’s a few extra goodies such as Xbox Game Pass trial memberships included too.
Sony have already announced that they’ll be releasing two PS5 models when the console launches later this year – a regular version with a disc drive, and a digital version that will rely on digital downloads. Now, we’ve got confirmation that alongside the Xbox Series X, we’re getting an Xbox Series S console. Smaller in form factor, with an SSD half the size of the Series X and further limitations to the resolution it’s able to output, the Series S is a next-gen console without the next-gen price.
The Xbox Series X effectively doubles the power capabilities of the Xbox One X, featuring a staggering 12 teraflops of power compared to its predecessor’s 6. Combine this with a Custom 8-core AMD Zen 2 that should make load times almost a thing of the past, and you have a home console capable of running the latest games at 4K resolution at 60 frames per second. What’s more, Xbox Series X can actually reach levels of 8K and 120fps for certain games, providing they’re developed with this in mind.
A new home console means a new gamepad to go along with it, and the Xbox Series X controller does an excellent job at blending the old and new. It’s essentially the same design as the official Xbox One wireless controller, only this time there’s a dedicated share button added in the centre, a hybrid D-pad that allows for more flexible play and the overall size has been slightly reduced; Microsoft states it will now fit 98% of hands.
Console launches of the past have been notorious for the lack of quality games to go with the latest cutting edge hardware. However, the Xbox Series X promises a blockbuster right out of the gate. Backwards compatibility will mean your Xbox One library will continue to work, while initiatives such as Project xCloud and Game Pass will continue, giving you access to a huge range of games. Meanwhile, Microsoft have confirmed the Xbox Series X will offer Smart Delivery, automatically upgrading games to play as best they can on the console. For example, an Xbox One copy of the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 will automatically be upgraded to the Xbox Series X version if you move from a One to a Series X console. And then there’s the launch titles, which will include the latest instalment of the Halo saga, Halo Infinite, among other huge titles like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Madden NFL 21, FIFA 21 and many more.
|CPU||8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.66 GHz w/ SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU|
|Graphics (GPU)||12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU|
|Memory (RAM)||16 GB GDDR6|
|Internal Storage||1 TB Custom NVME SSD|
|Expandable Storage||1 TB Expansion Card (matches internal storage exactly)|
|External Storage||USB 3.2 External HDD Support|
|Maximum Resolution||8K (7680 pixels wide x 4320 pixels high)|
|Performance Target||4K @ 60 FPS, Up to 120 FPS|
|Optical Drive||4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive|
|Release Date||November 10th, 2020|
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