Microsoft Announces Next-Gen Console Called Xbox Series X

For the longest time, it had been referred to as Project Scarlett; now we have a name, have an idea of how it looks and a glimpse into the next-generation games coming to Xbox Series X. That release window of holiday 2020 can’t come soon enough.

Microsoft is promising Xbox Series X will be the fastest, most powerful Xbox that sets a new bar for performance, speed and backwards compatibility for the three previous Xbox consoles. Xbox Series X will support both vertical and horizontal orientation. It’s bold, unique and looks more like a PC than any console to date.

The new wireless controller has been refined to accommodate an even wider range of hands and features a new Share button to make capturing screenshots and game clips simple. The advanced d-pad comes from the Xbox Elite Series Controller design and should satisfy fans of fighting games. What’s surprising is the new controller will also be compatible with Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs.

Now, the games. All of the Xbox-owned studios are working on exclusive games for the Series X. Halo Infinite had previously been announced as a launch title. Now, we’re treated to a highlight reel and extended look at the upcoming Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II. A sequel to the award-winning Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. Even from the short trailer, the game looks incredible.

From a technical standpoint, expect the stunning visuals in 4K at 60FPS, with the possibility of up to 120FPS, including support for Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), and 8K capability. With the recent introduction of 8K, it’s great to see the Series X will be ready for the future. Microsoft is also investing heavily in cloud gaming and low latency tech with more to be revealed.

Series X is powered by the custom-designed processor leveraging next-generation RDNA architecture from AMD. Additionally, the Variable Rate Shading (VRS) technology will allow developers to get even more out of the Xbox Series X GPU, and the next-generation SSD is said to virtually eliminate load times.

So that’s what we currently know. With the Xbox Series X still 12 months away, expect to see much, much more in the near future. What do you think of the Xbox Series X? Immediate pre-order or wait, watch and see what happens?

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