Microsoft has unveiled the name and design of its next-gen Xbox. It will officially be called Xbox Series X when it launches in late 2020. The new game controller was also revealed.
Xbox Series X
Microsoft says that "Xbox Series X will be our fastest, most powerful console ever and set a new bar for performance, speed and compatibility". The new console, which Microsoft previously referred to as 'Project Scarlett', will support both vertical and horizontal orientation.
It is a change from the previous Xbox design and Microsoft says that the new "industrial design enables us to deliver four times the processing power of Xbox One X in the most quiet and efficient way".
In addition, Microsoft revealed the new Xbox Wireless Controller that looks mostly like a refined version of the current controller. The company says that it has refined the size and shape to make it comfortably fit the hands of more gamers. There is haptic feedback. It features a new Share button and a d-pad derived from the Elite series controller. The controller will also be compatible with Xbox One and Windows 10.
The Xbox Series X name implies that it is, well, a series of game consoles, but Microsoft did not address the reports of two next-gen consoles. Rumors suggest that Microsoft will launch a cheaper and less powerful next-gen Xbox - without an optical disc drive - alongside the one it just revealed.
Hellblade, tech specs, backwards compatibility
During the announcement, Microsoft repeated that Xbox Series X will deliver "world-class visuals in 4K at 60FPS, with possibility of up to 120FPS, including support for Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), and 8K capability".
It is powered by a custom-designed Zen 2 and RDNA architecture from AMD. It will support hardware-accelerated ray tracing and feature SSD storage for much faster loading. It will also support Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Dynamic Latency Input (DLI). There is an optical disc drive with support for UHD Blu-ray discs inside.
- "Xbox Series X is also designed for a future in the cloud, with unique capabilities built into the hardware and software to make it as easy as possible to bring great games to both console and elsewhere," said Microsoft.
Finally, the company highlighted that Xbox Series X will allow users to play games spanning four console generations. Backward compatibility will also covers Xbox One gaming accessories.
- "Building on our compatibility promise, with Xbox Series X we’re also investing in consumer-friendly pathways to game ownership across generations. Leading the way with our first-party titles including Halo Infinite in 2020, we’re committed to ensuring that games from Xbox Game Studios support cross-generation entitlements and that your Achievements and game saves are shared across devices," the company added.
Together with the announcement of Xbox Series X, Microsoft announced the first game, a sequel to Hellblade by studio Ninja Theory. Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II in-engine footage is shown off in the video below.
The next-gen Xbox Series X will be available in late 2020, around the same time as Sony's PlayStation 5 that will also feature 4K at 120fps, 8K support, UHD Blu-ray, ray-tracing, SSD, and more.
- Source: Microsoft