Microsoft’s next Xbox, previously dubbed Project Scarlett, has been announced with a new name and a first look at the console which has gone vertical – adopting a form factor more akin to a PC albeit in a much smaller package.
The new Xbox will be called ‘Xbox Series X’ and has a square tower footprint all in black with vents at the top, a green light emitting from that, and the Xbox logo for the power button. It has since been confirmed though to work in both vertical and horizontal orientations.
The reveal trailer was dropped during tonight’s Game Awards. In a subsequent press release, the new console is said to deliver four times the processing power of Xbox One X. It aims to deliver consistent 4K at 60FPS, with the possibility of up to 120FPS including support for Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), and 8K capability.
It is powered by a custom-designed processor with AMD’s latest Zen 2 and next-generation RDNA architecture and offer hardware-accelerated ray tracing at a level never before seen in a console. A patented Variable Rate Shading (VRS) technology will allow developers to get more out of the Xbox Series X GPU, and a next-generation SSD will virtually eliminate load times. The console also comes with Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Dynamic Latency Input (DLI) to make Xbox Series X incredibly responsive.
The new Xbox Wireless Controller has been slightly refined to accommodate a wider range of people and will also be compatible with Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs. Xbox Series X will be backwards compatible and allow for Xbox One gaming accessories to be transferred over.
The company is avoiding the mistake it made with the Xbox One last time, trying to sell the console as a media center hub, instead the press release makes it clear the console “signifies our belief that a gaming console should be for just that – gaming”.
To demonstrate the console’s power they showed off “Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II,” which has been built to leverage the full power of the new console with the footage all captured in-engine. That trailer is also included below.
Xbox Series X arrives Holiday 2020.