Xbox Series X release date, specs & design

Xbox Series X is the next-generation Xbox that is due for release in late 2020. So far we know when the new Xbox will release, its official name, some of the games we’ll be playing, as well as information on backwards compatibility, and how cross-gen game ownership will work under the new Smart Delivery feature.

From what we’ve seen so far, it looks like the Xbox Series X will sport a blockier style that’s similar to that of a small gaming PC. More importantly, we now know what’s inside the console, thanks to Microsoft giving us the Series X’s full specs, and we can say for sure that the new Xbox is going to be an absolute powerhouse.

Specs

  • CPU: 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.8GHz (3.6GHz with SMT) 7nm
  • GPU: 12 TFLOPs, 52 CUs at 1.825GHz, Custom RDNA 2
  • Memory: 16GB GDDR6
  • Storage: 1TB custom NVMe SSD
  • Optical drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray
  • Ports: HDMI 2.1 output, 3x USB 3.2, networking port, expanded storage slot, power input
  • 120 fps support
  • Potential 8K resolutions
  • Ray-tracing technology
  • Variable Rate Shading for more stable frame rates
  • Compatible with Xbox One accessories
  • Smart Delivery

We knew what the Xbox Series X will look like, a few of the features on offer, and a good deal about specs the next Xbox is boasting. But May 7 was when we first saw Xbox Series X gameplay revealed.

According to Microsoft, this event would see us fans getting a first look at next-gen gameplay, trailers and sneak peeks from Xbox’s third-party partners, an update on how devs are utilizing the Xbox Series X and, finally, confirmation of the Xbox Series X games that will use Smart Delivery.

With no look at the console itself, or its interface features, this was all about third-party titles – and ultimately we felt it was a little underwhelming, with no standout titles to shout about.

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