We already know some key details about the Xbox Series X. To name a few, the console will have backwards compatibility, 8K max output resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, and AMD Ryzen Zen 2 CPU. It’s more info than what Sony has outed for the PS5, that’s for sure. Now, Microsoft is giving gamers a bigger peek at what’s behind the curtain. Here’s what to expect: faster load times and a new controller.
To kick things off, the tech giant spilled the specifics about the console’s brain. The custom AMD Zen 2 CPU with eight cores clocks at 3.8GHz each, while the custom AMD RDNA 2 GPU with 12 teraflops and 52 compute units clocks in at 1.825GHz each. All of these are based on a 7nm processor. Moreover, the new Xbox will come with 16GB of GDDR6 RAM and 1TB custom NVME SSD storage.
To showcase its power, Microsoft released a video that exhibits the difference in loading times between the Xbox Series X and older models. In the demo, State of Decay 2 loaded at nine seconds on the upcoming console, while the game took almost 50 seconds to load on the Xbox One X. It’s a big improvement, considering the Xbox One X was released in 2017. The tech giant also demoed the ray tracing capabilities of the upcoming console.
Another big update to watch for is the new Xbox controller, which will look quite similar to the older models. However, it will get an improved Dpad and a more accessible Share button.
Microsoft also announced the console’s dimensions: 151 x 151 x 301mm. Here’s the new Xbox next to a fridge, for scale.
— Xbox (@Xbox) March 16, 2020