Last night, during the 2019 Game Awards, Microsoft officially revealed their new console, the Xbox Series X. Branded as “The Most Powerful Console”, it is expected to be twice as powerful as the Xbox One X, which is the current most powerful console on the market. During The Game Awards, Phil Spencer took to the stage to officially reveal it and talk about what we can expect from the console next year when it launches.
What’s It Called?
We can officially confirm that the new Xbox will be called the Xbox Series X. To us, though, this is a pretty confusing name. Their current flagship model is the Xbox One X and this new model has a very similar name. This could be very confusing to consumers, especially non-gamers such as parents, who may be buying the console for a loved one. Remember what happened to the Wii U? A lot of non-gamers thought it was an optional add on for their Wii rather than a brand new console and chose not to buy it, triggering a chain reaction that ultimately led to the Wii U being one of the biggest console failures of modern times. We hope this won’t be the case with the new Xbox Series X.
Phil Spencer stated; “Next Holiday, Xbox Series X will lead us into the future of console gaming. Our fastest, most powerful Xbox will set a new bar for performance, speed, compatibility.”
Based on this, we expect the Xbox Series X to be more powerful than the Playstation 5, although we don’t have exact specs of either, so this is just an unconfirmed claim so far. Phil also mentions compatibility. The console is rumored to be 100% backwards compatible with all games from the OG Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One X. However, this too is still unconfirmed right now.
Phil continued; “Developers around the globe are already hard at work building games for Xbox Series X. Our 15 Xbox Game Studios are developing the largest, most creatively diverse lineup of exclusive games in our history.”
As we know, Microsoft has been on a mission to snap up many top studios and make them part of the Xbox family. We have the core Xbox games such as Halo, Forza, Gears, etc but we can expect a lot more exclusives this generation. However, with the fact that all 1st party games are available on PC, they’re not really exclusive. While this is a great move for Microsoft, it’s also a negative, because it gives anyone with a moderately powerful PC no reason to invest in an Xbox because they already have access to the games.
Phil then showed us a trailer of a brand new exclusive game from Ninja Theory called Senua’s Saga – Hellblade 2. This trailer looked stunning and really showed off what the Xbox Series X will be able to do. You can watch the trailer below (Courtesy of IGN)
While we don’t have the exact specification, Phil told Gamespot; “We wanted to have a dramatic upgrade from the Xbox One base console. So when we do the math, we’re over eight times the GPU power of the Xbox One, and two times what an Xbox One X is.”
This hints the Xbox Series X will have 12 teraFlops of Graphical Processing Power. It is also rumored to have a CPU 4x more powerful than the Xbox One X. While we don’t know the exact specifications of the CPU, both the CPU and GPU are being provided by AMD. We can expect the latest technology will be going into this console, as it is expected to eventually be able to push 8K resolution and 120fps. The current Xbox One X can push 4K and 60fps so this will be a huge leap that will require a great deal of power. The console will also store games using an SSD rather than the traditional HDD which will make for much faster load times, something that will be essential to run games at this level.
The Xbox Series X has all the potential to be a powerhouse during this next generation. While the claims are bold, we won’t know how much weight they have to them until Sony reveals their Playstation 5. With Microsoft revealing first, this may also give Sony time to go back to the drawing board if they need to beef up the power some more. While the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro are capable of running native 4K resolution, it essentially runs at low/medium specs when compared to a PC version, but that is still very impressive for a plug and play system. This generation looks like it is going to be a great one, and we’re very excited to see what both the Xbox Series X and Playstation 5 will deliver when they launch. Both consoles are due to launch Holiday 2020, likely November 2020, although no release date has been announced yet. Halo Infinite is also due to be a launch title for the Xbox Series X.