Microsoft announced and confirmed the final iteration of the long-rumored Project Scarlett gaming console. The company’s upcoming next-gen Xbox console is officially called Microsoft Xbox Series X, and it looks a lot like a high-end desktop, complete with a vertical air channel for optimal heat dissipation. The Xbox Series X will be Microsoft’s fourth generation of Xbox video game consoles following the original Xbox, the Xbox 360, and the current selling one, Xbox One. Microsoft has confirmed that the Xbox Series X will hit the shelves in the holiday season of 2020.
Microsoft finally unveiled the highly-anticipated Xbox Series X. The successor to Xbox One defies the traditional dimensions as well as the shape of a high-end dedicated gaming console. Instead, the console strongly resembles a sleek custom gaming desktop tower. Although the console sports a rather bare look, it does have a meshed top for a robust convectional airflow cooling solution. Some of the most notable features that Microsoft assures the Xbox Series X will have are four times the processing power, and support for features like ray tracing, 120 frames per second, and many more.
Microsoft Xbox Series X Or Project Scarlett Features, Specifications And Hardware:
Our previous report about the Microsoft Xbox Series X mentioned some of the most eagerly anticipated, and expected features. However, Phil Spencer, the current executive vice-president of Gaming at Microsoft later offered some more information on the console. Spencer’s interview discusses some of the information that was officially announced, like the new console’s design, the processing capabilities, and the controller, but also adds some new details.
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Some known or confirmed specifications and features of the Microsoft Xbox Series X Gaming Console:
- The Xbox Series X claimed to be four times as powerful as the Xbox One X with GPU performance being double than the previous generation.
- The Xbox Series X will have backward compatibility for the majority of Xbox, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 games.
- The console will easily render games and content at 4K resolution at 60FPS with the possibility of up to 120FPS but can support up to 8K resolution as well.
- Xbox Series X will support Variable Refresh Rate (VRR).
- Xbox Series X is powered by a custom-designed processor leveraging the latest Zen 2 and next-generation RDNA architecture.
- Hardware-accelerated Ray Tracing supported.
- Cooled by a single fan and additional heatsinks
- Patented Variable Rate Shading (VRS) technology.
- Next-generation SSD to “virtually eliminate load times.”
- Support for all previous generation Xbox One accessories.
Interesting Features Of The Microsoft Xbox Series X Gaming Console:
Spencer noted that the Xbox Series X does support both horizontal and vertical orientations. This means gamers will be able to stand it upright next to their TV or lay it down underneath. However, given the high-end cooling tower design of the console, gamers should keep the console upright, and ensure there are no obstructions to the airflow on the top and bottom.
The custom-designed cooling solution consists of a single fan that will suck cool air from the bottom, cool the system, and vent it out from the exhaust vent at the top. The entire system should get a little noisy, but Microsoft assured the noise levels will never rise any more than the previous generation.
There are already three next-generation experiences currently announced by Xbox Game Studios for Xbox Series X, with each one looking gorgeous and unique.
– Senua's Saga: Hellblade II by Ninja Theory
– Everwild by Rare
– Halo Infinite by 343 Industries pic.twitter.com/PWCIpvJlQp
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Microsoft has cleverly redesigned the Microsoft Xbox Series X controller for better ergonomics. Interestingly, Microsoft assures the gaming controller now fits in the hands of 98 percent of people. Previously the percentage was 95 percent. Although existing controllers will work well, gamers will want to get the new ones as Microsoft assured that they will have reduced input latency. the controllers will also feature an improved d-pad, a new Share button, and a refined form factor. They will also work with Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One consoles.
The upcoming next-gen gaming console is also expected to support the Xbox One’s Kinect sensor, and if Microsoft wants, the company may ship some new games supporting the physical motion tracking gaming controller.
Microsoft's hardware game for 2020 looks pretty insane:
Xbox Series X
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The most important feature that gamers will appreciate is the seamless game switching ability. Microsoft has used next-generation NVMe SSD for storage and GDDR6 memory. These specifications allow for blazing-fast data access and processing. Microsoft has indicated that gamers can keep several games in ‘standby mode’, and switch between them instantly. The pause and instant resume feature is certainly a game-changer, and it will help Microsoft achieve longer gameplay sessions with the same players.