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Xbox Series X Console Guide

The Xbox Series X is the next generation of Xbox games consoles created by Microsoft. The Xbox Series X comes after the latest Xbox One X, released in November 2017. Like Sony’s PS5 the Xbox Series X is highly anticipated among the gaming community. This guide will tell you all you need to know about the Xbox Series X.



Release Date

The Xbox Series X date has been given for the 2020 holiday season, so you can most likely expect to see the console in stores some time in November or December at the latest. It is still not known whether or not this date will be updated due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. For the moment, Microsoft have not announced any delays.

Price

The price for the new Xbox has not yet been released, however we can make estimations based on the previous generation’s release. When the original Xbox One was released, along with the PS4, in November 2013, it was introduced at £429 / $499 which was considerably more expensive than the PS4 (£349 / $399). As a result of this price difference early sales of the Xbox One suffered. Microsoft have expressed their desire not to repeat this mistake and aim for the Xbox Series X to be more competitively priced compared to the PS5, giving us a rough estimate of around $499 (allowing for the higher specs).


Hardware

Microsoft has released a list of the hardware and specs for the Xbox Series X on their website here.

  • CPU: 8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.6 GHz w/ SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU
  • GPU: 12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU
  • Die Size: 360.45 mm2
  • Process: 7nm Enhanced
  • Memory: 16 GB GDDR6 w/ 320b bus
  • Memory Bandwidth: 10GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s
  • Internal Storage: 1 TB Custom NVME SSD
  • I/O Throughput: 2.4 GB/s (Raw), 4.8 GB/s (Compressed, with custom hardware decompression block)
  • Expandable Storage: 1 TB Expansion Card (matches internal storage exactly)
  • External Storage: USB 3.2 External HDD Support
  • Optical Drive: 4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive
  • Performance Target: 4K @ 60 FPS, Up to 120 FPS


Appearance

The Xbox Series X’s appearance has been released, alongside the new controller.


Launch Titles

At their July Games Showcase, Xbox revealed 22 console launch exclusives, from eagerly anticipated fan favourites such as Halo Infinite and Fable among others. These are just some of the games that will be available from launch, with more to be released before the end of the year.

  • Assassins Creed Valhalla
  • Avowed
  • Crossfire
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Everwild
  • Fable
  • Forza Motorsport
  • Gears 5.
  • Gods & Monsters.
  • Halo Infinite.
  • Orphan of the Machine.
  • Outriders.
  • Senua's Saga: Hellblade II.
  • State of Decay 3

Backwards Compatibility

According to Xbox and Microsoft, the Xbox Series X will be able to play backwards compatible games.

One of the highlights is arguably their Smart Delivery which allows you to play games from previous generations for free. For example if you have already bought the latest Gears 5 for Xbox One, you will be able to download it for free on the new Xbox Series X once it is released. This feature will be especially useful around the transaction period where games are being released for the new and old consoles simultaneously, allowing you to wait before you make the jump to the next console.


With the generation of Xbox consoles there will be a bigger focus on Crossplay Content. Allowing Xbox Series X owners to play with gamers that are yet to update their Xbox One, or even play with PC users. Cross generation multiplayer has also been announced.

Other Next Generation Consoles

If you want to compare the Xbox Series X with the up and coming PS5, you will can find more information here.

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