Next-Gen Gets Some X Appeal
Official Xbox Magazine|February 2020
Microsoft finally unveils Xbox Series X for the first time, with its next-gen console offering 8K gaming and four times the power of Xbox One X

Sayonara, Scarlett. Never again will we have to call the next Xbox by its former codename. Instead, we can finally refer to Microsoft’s incredibly powerful new console by its actual name… hello, Xbox Series X!

Microsoft wowed the world during last month’s Game Awards, with a truly startling hardware reveal. Still scheduled for a Holiday 2020 release, Xbox Series X is the boldest, beefiest console the Redmond firm has ever made. Just look at it… it’s like a little PC! It’s also comfortably the most powerful system in Microsoft’s history.

“Xbox Series X will be our fastest, most powerful console ever and set a new bar for performance, speed and compatibility, allowing you to bring your gaming legacy, thousands of games from three generations and more forward with you,” wrote head of Xbox Phil Spencer on the Xbox Wire.

The sheer horsepower Xbox Series X has under the hood should lead to experiences we could only imagine on Xbox One. “Its industrial design enables us to deliver four times the processing power of Xbox One X in the most quiet and efficient way,” says Spencer. Oh, and if you’re a little worried about Series X’s rather ‘large and in charge’ vertical profile, and whether it’ll actually fit inside your TV cabinet, fret not. “We designed Xbox Series X to support vertical and horizontal orientation,” reveals Spencer. And breathe.

Spencer also confirmed various hardware rumours that have been swirling around for months. Xbox Series X will indeed have that much-discussed AMD Zen 2 CPU, and this next-gen RDNA processing architecture – try not to get too hot and bothered now – will let the killer console deliver a level of visual fidelity we’ve never seen before, something Spencer elaborates on. “From a technical standpoint, this will manifest as world-class visuals in 4K at 60fps, with the possibility of up to 120fps, including support for Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), and 8K capability.” That’s right: eight-flippin’-K. We’re not sure our eyes are physically capable of seeing that many polygons, but our peepers are still hugely excited.

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