Summary of The new Xbox Series X
The Game Awards are often an opportunity for game publishers to unveil several titles, expected or not. However, it was a game console that invited itself to the party for this 2019 edition. Microsoft took the opportunity to reveal by surprise the name and design of its next Xbox.
Goodbye Scarlett, hello Series X
It will no longer be necessary to talk about Project Scarlett, but Xbox Series X. Although Microsoft has indeed presented only one model for the moment, the rumor of a second less powerful console remains current with such a name. The fact remains that the Xbox Series X presented is in line with the Xbox One X. In terms of design, first of all, with a matt black color and a certain sobriety. The console comes this time in a tower format which, according to Gamespot, is roughly the width of the controller (about fifteen centimeters) and three times its height (a little more than 30 cm in this case). A tower much smaller than the visual cannot suggest, therefore, since the One X is already roughly this size (30 x 24 x 6 cm).
It will also be possible to place the console horizontally, which will undoubtedly be more practical for accommodating it in a piece of furniture, provided as always that you pay attention to the space reserved for its ventilation. In this regard, an entire face is provided to expel hot air with a large fan. Enough to offer efficient and silent operation, according to Phil Spencer who told Gamespot that the Series X is no more audible than the One X.
Power and fluidity
New generation requires, the performance voucher promises to be significant, Microsoft having announced that its Series X will offer “four times the computing power of an Xbox One X“. In terms of GPUs, however, it will be more of a doubled power compared to the One X, which would give us 12 teraflops as rumors suggested.
What offer games that can work up to 8K definition, but also reach 120 fps – although we suspect that this is not to run the games both in 8K and at 120 fps, except perhaps for a few greedy titles. The primary objective remains to offer a 4K Ultra HD display at 60 fps for maximum fluidity, with support for Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) on compatible screens. Raytracing support is of course confirmed on this console which, as a reminder, will be based on a CPU in AMD Zen 2 architecture and Radeon RDNA2, with the support of an SSD in NVMe format supposed to wipe out loading times. As such, Microsoft does not seem to have stopped at image quality and loading speeds, also tackling latency with functions like Auto Low Latency and Dynamic Latency Input. The latter allows developers to “directly synchronize controls with the rendering pipeline,” according to Jason Ronald, associate director of program management for the Xbox team, interviewed by Gamespot along with Phil Spencer. No more details at the moment, but we are already promised “the most responsive console of all time”.
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The game and nothing but the game
A console which, unlike the Xbox One in its time, will be dedicated to the game and only to the game, Microsoft having understood that it was not a question of reproducing the errors made during the launch of the One in 2013. The flexibility of use promises to be there by the way, since it is planned to be able to pause several games so as not to lose your game when you decide to play something else.
The gamepad is evolving smoothly, welcoming a new directional cross and a button for screenshots. Similar in shape, however, it is very slightly more compact. Recent buyers of the Xbox Series 2 controller can be reassured, their expensive spend is likely to not be exceeded by this Series X controller – unless Microsoft has some surprises in the treatment of latency or even vibrations, for example. New and old controllers will work in any case on the Xbox One and Xbox Series X.
Hellblade II in real time while waiting for E3 games
No presentation of exclusive games for Xbox Series X to put in the tooth for the moment – it will probably be necessary to wait for E3 2020 for this -, but the 15 Xbox studios are of course in full work. However, an excerpt from Hellblade II: Senua’s Saga – announced at the ceremony – will also be available on Xbox Series X. The excerpt below is supposed to run in real time on Xbox Series X.
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While waiting for E3 2020, Microsoft still has a few months to go into the hardware details of its Xbox Series X a little more. We will of course follow all of this carefully.