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Xbox Series X officially revealed at The Game Awards

Ninja Theory developing sequel to Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice for the console

At The Game Awards this evening, Xbox head Phil Spencer took the stage to reveal the name and a more official look at the next Xbox console: the Xbox Series X.

Though no major new technical details were shown, we did get our first proper look at the new console and a reaffirmed release window of holiday 2020.

Alongside the reveal of the Xbox Series X, Spencer also announced one of the games being developed specifically to take "full advantage" of its capabilities. Ninja Theory, which was acquired by Microsoft back in 2018, is working on a sequel to Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice entitled Senua's Saga: Hellblade II.

Other details about the Xbox Series X come from its announcement at E3 2019 as Project Scarlett. There, it was said to be four times more powerful than the Xbox One X, with framerates of 60fps and up to 120fps, 8K, next-gen ray tracing, variable refresh rate support, and an SSD being used as "virtual RAM." At the time, Spencer said that it would be "100% focused on games," and Halo Infinite would be a launch title.

In a press release following the announcement, other tidbits that were revealed included that the new Xbox Wireless Controller would include a new Share button, would be compatible with Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, and would be included with all Xbox Series X consoles. It was also mentioned that the console is "designed for a future in the cloud."

At the software level, Microsoft revealed that the Xbox Series X would be compatible with all Xbox One gaming accessories and that cross-generation achievements, saves, Xbox Game Pass, and Xbox Game Studios titles would all be supported cross-generation. "Thousands of your favorite games across four generations of gaming" will also be supported, though specifics on how that cross-platform would be handled were not disclosed.

Recently, reports have surfaced that Project Scarlett is not one, but two consoles, with the more powerful version codenamed "Anaconda" (presumably what we just saw at The Game Awards) and the less-powerful "Lockhart" planned as a cheaper, discless version to be paired as an offering with downloadable games and Xbox Game Pass.

The Xbox Series X

The Xbox Series X

For the record: This story has been updated post-publication to include details from the Xbox Series X press release.

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Latest comments (3)

Jeff Kleist Writer, Marketing, Licensing 6 months ago
I would assume from the word “series” that this is meant to basically trade numbers for letters. There will be the “XS” or XL or whatever to designate the different models

If I had to make an educated guess, amicrosoft is basically doing what is already done with PC hardware. The chips with the most good cores go in the top model, after a certain threshold the next down, and so on, just like NVIDIA with the 60/70/80

I still have no idea who works in Microsoft’s marketing department for product names, but it’s probably long past time to go scorched earth and start over. It’s just confusing, especially to parents Christmas shopping.
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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 6 months ago
With the volume of the console going up, the way is paved for higher and more aggressive TDPs, cutting deeper into the PC segment.

The reality of the PS4 and XO launch was that as far as GPU power was concerned, a mere $150 PC graphics card was able to match it; with the caveat of not having 8GB GDDR RAM. Hence soon after launch, even entry level PCs were outclassing the consoles. It is easy to beat a console that can only move so much heat away from its core components with a PC that has five times the airflow and twice the weight in metal cooling.

Still wishing for a Series W that ships with Desktop Windows 10. Gaming PCs have too many inefficiencies. Two mainboards rigged together, one for the CPU, one for the GPU, two separate sets of VRM, two sets of memory, two cooling solutions. If you are an enthusiast, then fine, but entry level PC gaming is a mess of components that are in dire need of being cut down. Forget what Sony will be doing, Microsoft has the larger untapped market. Compared to fighting Sony directly, grabbing sales by mercy killing bad OEM gaming PCs (and a few Office PCs) seems like a walk in the park.
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Roland Austinat roland austinat media productions|consulting, IDG, Computec, Spiegel Online6 months ago
Anyone remember Corsairs's Corsair One PC that was released in 2018? The form factor is almost identical. :) One could even argue that Apple's Mac Pro had the central fan idea before, namely in 2013.

I'm curious about the humongous size - the Japanese won't be thrilled about it, those who put their consoles horizontally under their TV might be challenged as well. Let's see how it works when it's put on its side.
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