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Microsoft reveals Xbox Series X specs together with exterior SSD storage, fast resume, HDR and different options

Microsoft has been fairly forthcoming with details about the Xbox Series X. At the Game Awards 2019, it showcased what the console would appear like. You can verify that out here. A couple of weeks in the past, it make clear a few of the options the console would carry. You can examine that here. Today we now have all of the specs of the console and a few journalists and tech specialists received to spend a while with the brand new console and provides their impressions of the gadget. Put merely, we now have details about the shape issue of the console, the expandable SSD storage, how conventional exterior storage will work, a have a look at fast resume together with loading instances for video games and a have a look at some video games working on the system. There can also be details about the brand new controller. So let’s rapidly break it down into every part we all know in regards to the new Xbox Series X console. 

Xbox Series X Specifications

We knew that the Series X would run on an AMD Zen 2 CPU coupled with RDNA 2 and devoted RT cores for Ray Tracing together with SSD storage. Today we now have an in depth breakdown of the specs. They are as follows. 

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 customized {hardware} decompression block)

Expandable Storage: 1 TB Expansion Card (matches inside storage precisely)

External Storage: USB 3.2 External HDD Support

Optical Drive: 4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive

Performance Target: 4K @ 60 FPS, Up to 120 FPS

From the above, it’s clear that the Xbox Series X is a beast of a performer with uncooked {hardware}. One of the restrictions of the console is the storage and it seems like Microsoft has labored with Seagate to give you a storage resolution that won’t be the bottleneck in the case of efficiency. Since the interior storage is pegged at 1TB, Microsoft has labored with Seagate to give you a customized resolution to cater to storage growth. This exterior storage will work with the identical stage of efficiency as the interior SSD. How a lot it would value is one thing that continues to be to be seen. So the large query nonetheless persists, will you have the ability to use a USB 3 storage gadget with the brand new console?

Old USB 3 Storage

Yes, it is possible for you to to retailer your Series X video games on an exterior drive however to play them, you’ll have to switch them to the interior drive. How it will work is but to be elaborated upon. But know that the Xbox Series X is suitable with the OG Xbox, Xbox 360 and the Xbox One library of video games that may be saved and accessed from the consolation of an exterior drive. 

SSD Speed and Quick Resume

Microsoft additionally showcased how rapidly video games will load on the brand new console. They demoed State of Decay 2 booting up and on the Series X it booted up in one-third the time as in comparison with the Xbox One X. Microsoft additionally confirmed the Series X switching between just a few Xbox One video games together with State of Decay 2, Hellblade, The Cave, Ori and the Blind Forest and some extra. It did not take greater than 7-8 seconds for the sport to load from a suspended state which is sort of spectacular. 

New Controller

Stepping away from the console itself for one second, the journalists that received hands-on time with the console, received to take a look at the brand new controller as nicely. The greatest bodily addition other than the marginally redesigned dimension is the brand new D-Pad. It is impressed by the Xbox Elite Series 2 controller and makes it simple to entry all eight instructions on the D-Pad. Microsoft has additionally labored to cut back the latency between the enter and response, making the gameplay smoother. There can also be a devoted share button on the controller and sadly, it nonetheless runs on 2 AA batteries. There is a USB-C connector this time as a substitute of MicroUSB, in case you employ a play and cost equipment with the console. 

Ray-tracing, HDR and Gaming Performance

Speaking of Ray Tracing, it’s {hardware} accelerated on the Series X. Minecraft was showcased with RTX on the console, however we’re nonetheless ready to see video games like Metro Exodus and Control working with Ray Tracing on the console. Gears 5 was ported to the brand new console and with the present port, it’s working at PC Ultra settings in 4K. To put issues into perspective, the graphical efficiency of the sport is identical as that of the RTX 2080 and that is with out placing in numerous effort to optimize it. The firm additionally showcased how HDR will work for video games that haven’t been mastered in HDR. According to Microsoft, “With Xbox Series X, existing Xbox games, including recent titles within the ID@Xbox program, that don’t already have native HDR support will get the next-gen treatment. Xbox Series X is able to leverage an innovative HDR reconstruction technique to enhance existing SDR games with no work from developers and no impact to available CPU, GPU or memory resources.”

Console design

In all of the promotional materials, one can’t gauge the design of the console. However, now we all know how large it’s. Placed subsequent to the Xbox One X vertically, the Series X is about as tall, so much wider however not as deep. Placed horizontally, it’s taller and about the identical width, however not as deep because the One X. The console is ideally stored vertically and will occupy about the identical area because the One X. And on prime, the inexperienced within the vents is not an LED, relatively a inexperienced pate to offer the console higher aesthetics.  

Price and availability

Microsoft hasn’t spoken about pricing but, however the firm continues to be dedicated to a vacation 2020 launch date.