Xbox Series X release date, specs, design and launch titles for the next Xbox
Xbox Series X is the name of the cutting edge Xbox, discharging in late 2020. Recently known by its semi-codename Xbox Project Scarlett, the Xbox Series X was formally (and shockingly) uncovered at The Game Awards 2019 with a trailer that flaunted the following Xbox’s new blocky plan.
We definitely knew when the following Xbox would discharge, and a couple of the specs on offer, yet stayed in obscurity about its structure or what it was really called. On account of the declaration, we currently know the Xbox Series X will be somewhat of a takeoff both plan shrewd and name-wise from its antecedents, wearing a blockier style that is like that of a little gaming PC – with an upstanding pinnacle structure and enormous .
With Sony’s PS5 propelling in a similar window, Microsoft resembles it will set up one hell of a battle in the cutting edge comfort wars. Here’s all that you have to think about Xbox Series X (otherwise known as Xbox Project Scarlett).
Xbox Series X: key facts
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- Xbox Series X release date: Microsoft has given Xbox Series X a release window of “Holiday 2020” – so that’s likely between the months of October and December 2020.
- What can I play on it? Halo Infinite for one, while all previous generations of Xbox console games will be covered by backwards compatibility.
- What will the Xbox Series X cost? No prices yet, and we’re not expecting it to be cheap. But Microsoft has said it won’t be making the same pricing mistakes as last generation so perhaps we’ll be pleasantly surprised.
- Will Xbox Series X have VR? Microsoft doesn’t have anything to say about VR on the Xbox yet, though Sony has confirmed that PSVR will work on its own incoming console.
Xbox Series X release date
Hope to see the Xbox Series X reassure dispatch in the ‘occasion’ window of 2020. That is among October and December of 2020, and without a moment to spare for Christmas. We’re thinking a November discharge is the best bet.
It’s the very same kind of dispatch period we’re expecting Sony to have for its PS5, as well. Santa Clause will be a bustling person one year from now.
Remember that every one of the bits of gossip indicated there being two new Xbox supports in transit, codenamed Anaconda and Lockhart, the previous being very good quality (the Xbox Series X) and the last being a less expensive, spilling centered arrangement (that we haven’t seen at this point). Regardless of whether Lockhart will likewise dispatch inside this window is still to be affirmed – just like the support itself.
Xbox Series X price
Microsoft won’t be pinned down on a price point quite yet – unsurprisingly, given what a sore spot the price of the Xbox One was for fans. At launch the original Xbox One cost a whopping $499 / £429 / AU$599, which was quickly reduced when Microsoft realized people weren’t forking out.
Microsoft has at the very least promised that it’s learned from this pricing mistake, with Phil Spencer stating that this time “we will not be out of position on power or price.” That doesn’t mean that the console will be cheap, mind you, it just means the price point will be better aligned with the console’s power and the price points of the competition.
After all, Jason Ronald, director of the Xbox platform, gave only a vague reassurance when speaking to Windows Central, saying that Microsoft knew “what reasonable price points are for a console and kind of what customers expect about that”.
Price will at least in part be determined by the cost of the components going into the console: Xbox Scarlett is going to be a lot more powerful than either the Xbox One S or Xbox One X, and that could mean we’re looking at an even higher price tag.
Xbox Series X specs
We now know what Xbox Series X looks like and what it’s packing under the hood, and it’s shaping up to be an absolute machine of a console. The next Xbox’s gaming PC design is pretty apt, considering the next-gen console’s internal hardware is comparable to one.
Using custom-designed processor from AMD making use of Zen 2 and Navi architecture, Xbox Series X is four times more powerful than the Xbox One X. It’ll be capable of running games at 120Hz frame rates, at potential 8K resolutions, while also showcasing fancy real-time ray-tracing tech. It’s the works.
An SSD will come as standard, as with the PS5, which will give it the option of using its storage system as virtual RAM, as well as lifting load time performance by a factor of 40x. That’ll let developers stream in far more detailed worlds around a player. In terms of ‘standard’ RAM, the console will pack in a meaty GDDR6.
In addition, benchmark results have appeared online for an AMD ‘Flute’ system-on-a-chip (SoC), leading some to speculate that this could be the hardware that will power Xbox Series X.
The benchmark results were spotted by a Twitter user, and while we’re not sure what the purpose of the chip is, we know that Microsoft is working with AMD to produce a custom SoC that combines a processor and graphics card for the next Xbox – in the same way Sony is working with AMD on its custom Gonzalo SoC for the PlayStation 5.
If these benchmark results are real, and the AMD Flute SoC is indeed going to power the Xbox Series X console, then it gives us an idea of the console’s specifications and potential power level – something Microsoft has been rather cagey about so far.
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Platform : AMD Flute.
Socket : BL5.
8C16T : Base 1.6Ghz/Boost 3.2Ghz.
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— 比屋定さんの戯れ言@Komachi (@KOMACHI_ENSAKA) July 22, 2019
According to the benchmark results, the AMD Flute SoC will come with eight Zen 2 cores, 16 threads and SMT capability.
Strangely, the base clock speed of the Flute SoC is simply 1.6GHz, which is entirely low nowadays, with a most extreme increase in 3.2GHz.
This proposes the Flute SoC will be a low-control part for use in reduced frameworks –, for example, a games support, and is like AMD’s Jaguar SoC which fueled the Xbox One.
While on paper the Flute SoC’s processor doesn’t sound excessively great – particularly when contrasted with present day work area PCs’ CPUs – it would appear that the Flute CPU will be in any event multiple times quicker than past age Jaguar SoCs, and will be a major redesign over the dated 28nm Jaguar SoCs found in the first Xbox One and PS4.
The Flute SoC is likewise expected to be 7nm, which will likewise bring force benefits.
As a framework on-a-chip, the AMD Flute seems as though it accompanies an illustrations handling unit (GPU) also, however intimations about the designs abilities are more enthusiastically to discover. Clearly, it will be founded on ‘NAVI 10LITE’ – which has been referenced before when unreleased AMD Navi GPUs appeared in a Linux driver.
It’s conceivable this is a ‘Light’ adaptation of the Navi 10 GPU, which will have decreased or constrained specs contrasted with the full form, including lower CU (figure unit) tallies. Having a lower CU tally implies the GPU will be less eager for power, again recommending that the AMD Flute SoC, on the off chance that it exists, is intended for a gadget where control proficiency is significant –, for example, a games support.
At last, the benchmark results likewise propose the designing example utilizes 16GB of memory – however the sort of memory isn’t referenced. It could imply that the Flute SoC shares 16GB of GDDR6 memory between the CPU and GPU, along these lines to how the Xbox One X shares GDDR5 memory.
Things being what they are, does this mean we have a superior thought of what the Xbox Series X’s specs will be? All things considered, there’s some convincing proof, however recall this is from a spilled benchmark, and we don’t know whether the AMD Flute SoC will be utilized in Series X – if the SoC even exits.
It’s additionally significant that this AMD Flute is obviously a building test, which implies this may not be its last details – and that could change if (and it’s an exceptionally enormous in the event that) it winds up in the following Xbox when the support dispatches late 2020.
“I think the territory that we truly need to concentrate on cutting edge is outline rate and playability of the games,” Spencer clarified in a meeting with Gamespot. “Guaranteeing that the games load unimaginably quick, guaranteeing that the game is running at the most noteworthy edge rate conceivable.”
Furthermore Spencer proceeded to clarify that Microsoft is meaning to get Xbox Series X games to run at 60 FPS in 4K, considering the test a “structure objective”.
“This age, we’ve truly centered around 4K visuals and how we bring the two motion pictures through 4K Blu-beam and video spilling,” Spencer clarified. “Furthermore, with Xbox One X enabling games to run at 4K visuals will make extremely solid visual improvements people to come.”
In case you’re less made a fuss over the specs and increasingly worried about whether you can at present play physical games on the following Xbox, at that point you’ll be satisfied to realize that Xbox Series X has a physical circle drive.
Microsoft has additionally affirmed that all your current Xbox One adornments will work with Xbox Series X, including existing controllers and headsets. However, we’d question that likewise incorporates the disastrous Kinect movement tracker.
That implies that the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 that propelled in November 2019 will be forward perfect with Series X, however Microsoft is likewise propelling a cutting edge remote controller to go with the new reassure.
Xbox Series X controller
Microsoft is releasing a next generation controller to accompany its next generation console. This next generation Xbox Wireless Controller will apparently be more accessible to everyone, as Microsoft has made an effort to refine the size and shape.
This shouldn’t be too surprising to anyone that’s been following the tech giant, as it’s been making waves for accessibility in gaming for a while now. Along with enhanced accessibility, we’ll also be getting a dedicated share button (finally) that will let you share screenshots and videos with your friends.
Xbox Series X games
During the Xbox Arrangement X’s authentic uncover, Phil Spencer said Arrangement X games will be “progressively similar, vivid and astonishing” and that the Xbox Arrangement X will “lead us into the eventual fate of gaming”. He likewise expressed that 15 Xbox Game Studios are building an enormous cutting edge library that incorporates Hellblade II: Senua’s Adventure.
Corona Unbounded has been affirmed to be a Xbox Arrangement X dispatch title, bringing back the Ace Boss for the establishments’ first excursion since 2015. It will have been five years by then since another mainline Corona game, so fans will feel impatient for crisp Radiance activity.
The Corona establishment is broadly viewed as the first Xbox’s first should mess around, so the transition to dispatch a cutting edge with a Radiance game is both emblematic and very business-astute on Microsoft’s part.
Not a Corona fan? Try not to stress, Xbox Arrangement X will be equipped for three ages of in reverse similarity. Along these lines, just as cutting edge games, it’ll additionally mess around from the Xbox One, the Xbox 360, and the absolute original of the Xbox.
Also, Microsoft will abstain from siloing by adopting a cross-age strategy to its first-party games. Conversing with Stevivor, Phil Spencer said Microsoft needs to make a support that uses Xbox Play Anyplace so you can move consistently between gadgets: “Our objective for our first-party games is that your privileges will be cross-age and your Accomplishments will move adequately with your spare game since that is the place they stand.”
Discussing first-party games, Microsoft has been promising that it’s putting resources into first-party studios so as to make an increasingly focused advertising.
To the extent outsiders are concerned, we as of now have affirmation from Ubisoft that its up and coming titles Guard dogs: Army, Divine beings and Beasts and Rainbow Six Isolate will be going to Microsoft’s reassure after postponements were declared during a money related call, while EA has said that Front line 6 will be coming to Xbox Arrangement X. All things considered, Bethesda will be coming to Xbox Arrangement X with its next Senior Parchments game as well. There’s bounty to anticipate and now that cutting edge declarations are coming in, we’ll be holding our breath hanging tight for refreshes from different distributers.
In an interview with TechRadar, Xbox Game Studios head Matt Booty said that the launch of Xbox Series X certainly won’t mean the end of the rest of the Xbox family and that they’ll be able to live alongside one another, maybe even in the same house: “Perhaps we feel confident about our content pipeline so that we feel like we don’t have to save everything up for [Series X]. But then I will also say that, really for any device these days, when you launch a new device you are not eliminating all of the devices in that family.
“When [Series X] launches there will still be the Xbox One S out there, there will still be Xbox One X, and we really need to approach that family of devices, the same way we approach PC – content scales to meet the device. I think that’s going to be the case for anybody. We will absolutely lean in on the power of [Series X], we think is going to be the best way to play and it will be the best thing you can put in your living room, but we also want to understand that there will be a family of Xbox devices out there.”
What about Project Lockhart?
Rumors have circulated for some time about a lower-cost next-gen Xbox console that would sit just below the Xbox Series X (formerly known as Xbox Project Scarlett). But, so far, very few of those rumors were founded on anything substantial.
Now, thanks to some great reporting by Kotaku’s Jason Shreier, we know that there is indeed a lower-specced console in the works from Microsoft that will still play all the next-gen games.
Project Lockhart will be disc-less console – a trait that it will carry forward from the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition – but Kotaku’s sources believe it will be substantially more powerful than Microsoft’s current disc-less box, and will come with both a solid-state hard drive and a faster CPU than any current game console.
The report goes on to say that Microsoft told developers to shoot for a 1440p resolution and 60 frames-per-second frame rate with Project Lockhart and 4K/60 with Project Scarlett, and those same developers have likened the performance of the lower-end console to the PS4 Pro.
It seems Project Lockhart will primarily see use as a digital gateway for both Microsoft’s game-streaming service, Project xCloud, and its Xbox Game Pass service. From what we know, it will sit below Series X and be a less powerful – but more affordable – option.