Microsoft Unveils the Xbox Series X: Available Holiday Season 2020

And it is here! Well, not technically but we finally have a name for the Project Scarlett. Xbox, just a few hours ago, announced the name and shared a photo of its upcoming console (although it doesn’t look like one). Microsoft has decided to call its console the Xbox Series X, to be the next generation of consoles.

The console was announced a year ago by the name of Project Scarlett. Now they, they have made an official announcement for the consumers at the Game Awards, 2019. After the announcement, they added a post on their news blog which incorporates what the motivation behind the new Xbox Series X was. It also includes specs and the capabilities of the new console.

The Tech Specs

According to the post from Xbox, the console is aimed at gaming at a 4K resolution with 60fps. While that is the case, the company added that there is an option of Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) too. What this would mean is that for some titles, the console may be pushed at 120fps as well, given the right peripherals. No technical numbers on the GPU or its graphical performance are added. As for the processor, it is another one from AMD but this time, a Zen 2 architecture based. This does come in line with the leaks and rumours for both the upcoming PS5 and the Xbox Series X. Not only that, the device doesn’t have an HDD anymore. Instead, Xbox has fitted the Series X with an SSD, this would increase load times by a lot. Other measures have been taken as well to reduce latency and increase the overall gaming experience.

Apart from all of the internals, the console features a new Controller with it. While Xbox does say that it is a new design with better ergonomics, it looks pretty similar to the older one (if it ain’t broke…). It does, however, adopt the DPAD from the Xbox Elite controller which is a big plus. Xbox claims that this new controller would be a standard with the Series X and would support Windows 10 and the Xbox One series.

Lastly the design aesthetics of the console itself. While it is not the prettiest or smallest thing to come out of the Xbox Camp, it does look promising. It is in a typical manner with the Xbox style of introducing a tank of a console and then a year or two later improving it by launching a slim version. It is a clean console though, resembling a small tower PC. Let’s hope the thermals are good on this baby as the power it is set to deliver, would be useless without good airflow. The Xbox Series X is set to be available by the holiday season in 2020. Your move now, Sony.

Sarmad Burki
Sarmad Burki is a Mathematician and a Economist with a passion for all things gaming and tech. His academics and professional experience combined with tech and gaming adds to his skills giving him a unique ability to observe the tech and gaming industry from various prespectives.