The next-gen 'Xbox Series X' console was revealed at The Game Awards.
"As we enter a new generation of gaming, we see a future where you’re instantly absorbed in your games – where worlds are even more lifelike, immersive, responsive and surprising – and where you are at the center of your gaming experience. With the new Xbox Series X, we will realize that vision," Microsoft siad.
"Xbox Series X will be our fastest, most powerful console ever and set a new bar for performance, speed and compatibility, allowing you to bring your gaming legacy, thousands of games from three generations and more forward with you," the company added. Microsoft said that the industrial design of the new gaming console enables the company to deliver four times the processing power of Xbox One X in the most quiet and efficient way. Microsoft also designed Xbox Series X to support both vertical and horizontal orientation.
Alongside Xbox Series X, Microsoft also unveiled the new Xbox Wireless Controller. 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 and an advanced d-pad derived from the Xbox Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller. The new Xbox Wireless Controller will be compatible with Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, and will be included with every Xbox Series X.
Microsoft also unveiled Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II. A sequel to the Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice from developers Ninja Theory, the game is being built to leverage the full power of Xbox Series X. Microsoft shared footage captured in-engine.
With Xbox Series X, Microsoft said it wanted to elevate the way games look, play and feel, and remove the technical barriers faced in previous generations. From a technical standpoint, this will manifest as visuals in 4K at 60FPS, with possibility of up to 120FPS, including support for Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), and 8K capability. Powered by Microsoft's custom-designed processor leveraging the latest Zen 2 and next generation RDNA architecture from AMD, Xbox Series X will deliver hardware accelerated ray tracing and a promises to offer "a new level of performance never before seen in a console." Additionally, Microsoft's patented Variable Rate Shading (VRS) technology will allow developers to get even more out of the Xbox Series X GPU and our next-generation SSD will virtually eliminate load times and bring players into their gaming worlds faster than ever before.
Microsoft is minimizing latency by leveraging technology such as Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and giving developers new functionality like Dynamic Latency Input (DLI) to make Xbox Series X the most responsive console ever. Xbox Series X is also designed for a future in the cloud, with capabilities built into the hardware and software to make it as easy as possible to bring great games to both console and elsewhere.
Thanks to backward compatibility, you can expect your gaming legacy, thousands of your favorite games across four generations of gaming, all your Xbox One gaming accessories, and services like Xbox Game Pass to be available when you power on your Xbox Series X in Holiday 2020.
With Xbox Series X, Microsoft is also investing in consumer-friendly pathways to game ownership across generations. Leading the way with our first-party titles including Halo Infinite in 2020, Microsoft is committed to ensuring that games from Xbox Game Studios support cross-generation entitlements and that your Achievements and game saves are shared across devices. "Console gaming will remain at the heart of our Xbox offering," Microsoft said.
Game creators around the globe are already hard at work building content for Xbox Series X and our 15 Xbox Game Studios are developing a large and diverse lineup of Xbox exclusive games.
Microsoft confirmed the machine would go on sale in the 2020 holiday period. That sets up a clash with Sony’s PlayStation 5 console, scheduled to release at the same time.