While everyone is grinding on the fact that the next-gen consoles are upon us, Xbox is set to launch something else. Perhaps, most of us know by now that Xbox has another console in the works. According to the company, they would be coming up with a budget model of the lineup: The Xbox Series S. While capped at lower cores and clock speeds, the console is supposed to handle its own for the next generation of games.
In a report from The Guru of 3D, we see that in a tweet exchange from Matt Hargett and Tom Warren we got to know certain details about the upcoming console. While Tom first tweeted that the console would have 20 CUs, people commented that it would definitely hold the console back. Now, on its own, the tweet does point to that direction. This is because the current generation Xbox One X offers twice as many computing units to work with.
Xbox Series X SoC
Now, to set people straight, we see a tweet from Matt Hargett, having worked for Sony in the past. He comments on Tom’s tweet and agrees that on its own, the information does point towards a slow system. But, he also adds, the chip inside would be based on a 5nm process. That means that it would definitely provide more performance than its 7nm counterpart. Not to mention, it would use and dissipate less energy too, being able to fit in a smaller chassis than the Xbox Series X.
I was agreeing with Tom’s original point, that things like CU count don’t define “next gen”. Gameplay experiences we’ve never seen before are what define next-gen. One innovation would be real-time ray tracing in a portable, something 20 CUs *could* do in a portable device.
— Matt Hargett (@syke) July 4, 2020
The report states that there are chances that the Series S would have a chassis similar to the Xbox One S Digital Version. Now, we hope that isn’t the case (no pun intended). Instead, a body similar, but smaller, to the Series X would be a welcome design.