Microsoft’s next Xbox is Xbox Series X, coming holiday 2020

Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox is officially called Xbox Series X. Microsoft revealed the name and console design on stage at the Game Awards today. The console itself looks far more like a PC than we’ve seen from previous Xbox consoles, and Microsoft’s trailer provides a brief glimpse at the new design.

The console itself is designed to be used in both vertical and horizontal orientations, and Microsoft’s Xbox chief, Phil Spencer, promises that it will “deliver four times the processing power of Xbox One X in the most quiet and efficient way.”

Microsoft used the Xbox Series X to showcase Hellblade 2, a new game from Ninja Theory that is being developed for its next Xbox console. While Microsoft has revealed the design here, the company isn’t revealing exact specs beyond what has been discussed previously.

The Xbox Series X will include a custom-designed CPU based on AMD’s Zen 2 and Radeon RDNA architecture. Microsoft is also using an NVMe SSD on Xbox Series X, which promises to boost load times. Xbox Series X will also support 8K gaming, frame rates of up to 120 fps in games, ray tracing, and variable refresh rate support. It will play existing Xbox One games, in addition to new titles.

Microsoft isn’t talking GPU performance specifics just yet, but Spencer has dropped some hints in an interview with GameSpot, and the graphics you see in the Hellblade 2 trailer were supposedly captured in a game engine, running on the console, in real-time. “We wanted to have a dramatic upgrade from the Xbox One base console,” says Spencer. “So when we do the math, we’re over eight times the GPU power of the Xbox One, and two times what an Xbox One X is.” The Xbox One X is 6 teraflops of GPU performance, so the Xbox Series X could be capable of 12 teraflops.

GameSpot also says the console is roughly as wide as Xbox One controller and roughly three times as tall.

Speaking of controllers, Microsoft also revealed a new Xbox Wireless Controller today. “Its size and shape have been refined to accommodate an even wider range of people, and it also features a new Share button to make capturing screenshots and game clips simple,” explains Spencer. It’s slightly smaller, but will retain the rumble triggers according to GameSpot. The updated controller will work with existing Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs, and will ship with every Xbox Series X.

Microsoft’s Xbox Series X console will also include Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Dynamic Latency Input (DLI) that will “make Xbox Series X the most responsive console ever.” Spencer says the Series X is “designed for a future in the cloud,” and it will combine hardware and software to “make it as easy as possible to bring great games to both console and elsewhere.”

Microsoft hasn’t addressed reports of the company’s plans for two next-gen consoles, but the Xbox “Series” X naming does suggest there won’t be just a single console. We understand Microsoft is planning two new consoles for Series X, with a second lower priced and less powerful console planned alongside the more powerful main console.

Microsoft has been working on Xbox Series X under the name Project Scarlett previously, and today’s naming follows confirmation from Sony that it’s choosing PlayStation 5 for the name of its next console. Microsoft is also claiming Xbox Series X will be the “fastest” and “most powerful,” in what could be a reference to having a more powerful console than Sony’s PlayStation 5.

We’ll have to wait and see which console comes out on top, though. Sony has not yet revealed the design of its PlayStation 5, but that hasn’t stopped Microsoft from surprising everyone with this naming and hardware reveal.

Update, December 12th at 10:40PM: Article updated with more Xbox Series X details.

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Ok, I was expecting a Halo Infinite or Forza 8 trailer. We got an entire fucking Xbox instead.

Can’t say I saw that coming

A surprise to be sure. But a welcome one.

Though the console’s familiar name isn’t a complete surprise as most would suggest. I think it’s necessary.

I’m pretty sure the new Xbox Series X has an X because they’re trying to blur the lines between major console release cycles with services, software, and hardware backwards/forwards compatibility. They even emphasize the X in their promo video.
Calling something completely different (like PS5) wouldn’t help in blurring the lines.Tesla does this with their cars; the Model S/3/X get iterated on every year month but dont receive a name change unless it’s a completely new configuration (e.g. P100D). Xbox is doing the same here.

Hello there!

SO EXCITED

The name is stupid, but all their naming conventions have been so I’m not surprised. It looks pretty nice tho. If they can deliver a solid lineup of compelling unique gameplay experiences, they’ll have a winner. Look forward to see what Hellblade 2 develops into.

I personally don’t have an issue with the name…. I mean what do they have to compare to? Playstation just uses numbers…. Nintendo did the Wii, then WiiU, now Switch.

XBSX kind of works like SNES…. I can live with that.

Except you can say SNES "S-nez", how do you say XBSX? Haha

XsX

Say it fast and it sounds like… *looks around, then whispers *… Sex

"exBsex" obviously

I’d go with that

Everyone I knew pronounced it s n e s.

Yes & Wii to Wii U was stupid & contributed to its failure, along with a plethora of other missteps.

We’re not gonna pretend like Xbox has solid naming conventions. It went from "ok" to "weird but ok" to "that doesn’t even make sense" to "ok whatever, just do what you want."

Sony has kept things simple & straightforward. Maybe a bit boring but it’s easy to understand. Nintendo has done a good job at having names that fit the console and/or the general experience you get from it.

I think with the Xbox, Microsoft got stuck in the Street Fighter 2 mentality, but with the "One"

If they can deliver a solid lineup of compelling unique gameplay experiences, they’ll have a winner

People cont care about that in big enough numbers to sway the generation; they care about price and what systems their mates have.

If Sony really have pulled down the wall on cross play (which I don`t believe for a second they actually have) then the only question is then price.

So If microsft have a 1440p el cheapo console – on paper its their war to lose.

I disagree. History has proven. Every generation has been won by the console with the most unique gameplay experiences & lost by the console with the least. Without exception. Price matters but it has never been THE factor. Consoles with the better price have lost generations. But ALWAYS the console that brought the most unique gameplay experiences has won. If Microsoft does that, they’ll thrive.

Every generation has been won by the console with the most unique gameplay experiences

Nintendo arguably have the most "unique" games, so I dont buy that for a second.

Unique can mean many things. Unique to that console, unique in the way it’s played, etc. Nintendo has won 3 home console generations thus far (NES/SNES/Wii) & in each one they did indeed deliver the most unique gameplay experiences. PlayStation won the rest (PS1/PS2/PS4) & they for sure had more unique gameplay experiences. N64 had a thin library of games. GameCube paled in comparison to PS2 and the amount of unique gameplay experiences that console had. Wii U never had a chance & Switch has been fantastic & probably would’ve won this generation if it came out ~2-4 years before it did.

The Switch has actually out sold Xbox One at this moment. So it’s not doing to shabby!

I’m aware, hence my statement.

Dreamcast would beg to disagree

Dreamcast didn’t outpace PlayStation 2 with unique gameplay experiences. I don’t get that statement. It was a great console, but an extremely flawed & easily pirated one. I know passionate Dreamcast lovers swear by it, it had great games, but it was its own worst enemy. It has no chance against GC & Xbox if it lived long enough to compete.

It’s hard to get excited about the console itself. It’s basically the same hardware as the PS5 in a different box. The only difference is that current-gen Sony is killing it with their exclusives while Xbox is a wasteland. They need to convince me that Microsoft has some actual damn content for their console this time around to get me excited.

Not sure wasteland is entirely fair – and it seems Playstation are moving away from exclusives as well with the recent shift to PC releases…

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