Microsoft’s Xbox Series X is a robust next-generation console. Releasing on November 10 2020 for $499 / £449 / AU$749. The Xbox Series X pre-order is going are going live today, along with the cheaper and less powerful Xbox Series S.
What We Know About Xbox Series X
We know more or less everything about the Xbox Series X by now. We’ve known about the gen-next Xbox’s tower-like design for quite some time and know which Xbox games we’ll be playing once the console launches in November – even though Halo infinite, planned to be a launch title, has been delayed till 2021 due to coronavirus pandemic. We also know a lot about backward compatibility, including how cross-gen game ownership will work under the new Smart Delivery feature.
Crucial to the Xbox Series X offering, too will be Xbox Game Pass – subscribing to the service allows you a lot to play on the day the console launches. Though that will mostly be pre-existing games to start with. Microsoft is combining EA Play into its Game Pass offering, along with titles by its recent addition, Bethesda. Getting players subscribed to that is likely as important to Microsoft as selling hardware.
When it comes to design, the Xbox Series X is pretty different from other Xbox consoles. It looks much more like a small PC, which is fitting considering it’s on par with one. Thanks to Microsoft giving us the full specifications of the all-new Xbox Series X we can certainly look forward to the new Xbox is an absolute powerhouse. While we cover these in more detail down below, the short of it is that the new Xbox is rocking an eight-core AMD Zen 2 processor running at 3.8GHz and a custom RDNA 2 AMD GPU that puts out 12 TFLOPs of processing power, as well as 16GB of GDDR6 memory.
Full Specification of Xbox Series X
- CPU: 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.8GHz (3.6GHz with SMT) 7nm
- GPU: 12 TFLOPs, 52 CUs at 1.825GHz, Custom RDNA 2
- Memory: 16GB GDDR6
- Storage: 1TB custom NVMe SSD
- Optical drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray
The Xbox Series X, as previously mentioned, is $499 / £449 / AU$749. Microsoft confirmed that its flagship console will launch alongside the cheaper, but less robust, Xbox Series S, which will cost $299 / £249 / AU$499. So, is it worth buying an Xbox Series X now based on what we know? It really depends on what you want from a console.