If you were watching The Game Awards in December of 2019, you may have seen the big reveal of Xbox Series X. It’s coming holiday 2020, around the same time as the PS5 it seems, and it’s supposedly going to be a powerhouse.
Don’t worry though, Microsoft is just calling it “Xbox” from now on. Confusing? Yes, but we will explain. Let’s break down this big announcement!
Microsoft is Leaving Room For More Consoles
Up until now, we have known the next-generation Xbox simply as “Project Scarlett,” but now we have a name and it’s just “Xbox.” According to a conversation that Business Insider had with a Microsoft representative, the “series X” is just to denote it as the most powerful model.
“The name we’re carrying forward to the next generation is simply Xbox. Similar to what fans have seen with previous generations, the name ‘Xbox Series X’ allows room for additional consoles in the future.” Some may ever refer to it as the XBox 2 ;)
This, of course, confirms that Microsoft has plans to release other models. We have discussed this in the past with their codenamed “Anaconda” and “Lockhart” models. Anaconda, of course, is the newly announced Series X, while Lockhart could be a discless or streaming version of the Xbox that uses their upcoming Project xCloud technology.
This sort of reboot is odd, but it also makes sense because Microsoft was digging themselves into a deeper and deeper hole with these names. I have no doubt that people will still get insanely confused, but for now, let’s move on to what else we learned.
No Hard Specs, but a Few Juicy Details
Without any official specs to speak of, we need to look to other sources. Digital Foundry, the gods of technical gaming knowledge, have a great breakdown where they predict some of the specs based on comments made at The Game Awards 2019.
They combine this with recent leaks to come up with roughly 12 teraflops for the GPU, which would line up with their claims that the new console is significantly more powerful than the Xbox One X. In an interview with GameSpot, Phil Spencer said that the new console is four times more powerful than the base Xbox One and twice as powerful as Xbox One X.
Doing the math, these are the general specs that we can guess for the new system:
- CPU: AMD Ryzen Zen 2 CPU
- GPU: AMD Navi-based GPU (12 teraflops)
- RAM: GDDR6 SDRAM
- Storage: NVMe SSD
- Max Res: 8K
- Max Refresh Rate: 120Hz
These things are confirmed in some fashion, namely the type of RAM and the type of SSD. We’re less than a year away from the next generation now, so new details are bound to surface sooner rather than later.
Stay tuned for more, and let us know what you think about the new console in the comments!
Article by - Bradley Ramsey
Insert date - 12/23/19