Microsoft’s next-gen gaming console will officially be known as Xbox Series X. The new gaming console will arrive in the holiday season next year. In terms of design, the Xbox Series X is a stark departure from the previous generation Xbox One consoles, and it looks more like a tower PC that should be used in vertical orientation. In addition to the new console, Microsoft has also announced a new controller with refined design that will ship with the Xbox Series X next year, and is compatible with its predecessors as well as Windows 10 PCs.
The Xbox Series X was revealed at The Game Awards and has claimed to bring a significant upgrade over the Xbox One X in terms of processing power and new features to provide a more immersive gaming experience. On the design aspect, it is nothing too flashy or aggressive given the upgrades it promises to bring, and as mentioned above, looks like a svelte tower PC. And in case you are wondering, yes, it can be used in both horizontal and vertical orientations, but the former looks more like how Microsoft intends it to be positioned.
The Xbox Series X will allow 4K at 60fps, and will even allow users push the gaming output to 120fps. It also brings 8K capability (good only on paper at the moment) and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR). Internally, it employs a custom-designed processor based on AMD’s Zen 2 and Radeon RDNA architecture, and also brings hardware-accelerated ray tracing to the table. The SSDs packed inside the console are said to drastically reduce the load time, and have previously been tipped to double as virtual RAM as well.
With regards to the new Xbox Wireless Controller, its size and shape are said to have been refined to accommodate an even wider range of people. It features a new Share button for quickly capturing gameplay clips and screenshots, and also takes inspiration from its pricier sibling – the Xbox Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller – for an improved d-pad design.
The latest-gen Xbox Wireless Controller will ship with all Xbox Series X consoles, and will also be compatible with Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs. Xbox Series X will arrive in 2020 holiday season, but there is no word on its price or region-wise market availability yet.