Xbox Series X: specs, release date, price and games

The Xbox Series X is Microsoft’s new video game that might be the most powerful console ever released. It has a slick design: a black rectangular box made with the purpose of keeping all internal components refrigerated which, according to the company, makes the device always run at maximum performance. 

Expected to arrive on November 10th for $499, the new Xbox already has many games announced we’re looking forward to play like Halo Infinite, Forza Motorsport, Hellblade 2, State of Decay 3 and Avowed.

We gathered all the information released so far about the Xbox Series X technology, joystick and games and we compiled everything you need to know.

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Xbox Series X

The Xbox Series X is Microsoft’s new generation console scheduled to be released on November 10th for $499.

The console’s design appears to be simpler than that its rival PlayStation 5, but just as compelling. It’s rectangular with sharp edges, all black and with a huge air vent at the top (or on the side, if you use it lying down). The Xbox Series X is 15 cm wide, 15 cm deep and 30 cm in height. It looks very much like a PC case. The air outlet at the top has a green light. Microsoft says the intention of this design is to make the video game “disappear” in the living room or bedroom. The promise is that the device will be as quiet as the Xbox One X.

There is a disk drive and the video game will use a very high speed SSD drive. The goal is to minimize loading times.

Rumors suggest Microsoft may also launch a cheaper and less powerful version of the Xbox Series X. The name could be Xbox Series S (in reference to the Xbox One S) and would have a graphics capability similar to that of the Xbox One X, which is the most powerful video game console available today.

Specifications

The Xbox Series X promises to be the most powerful console of the new generation. It will be 8 times more powerful than Xbox One and 4 times more powerful than Xbox One X. It has 12 teraflops of power (the console’s ability to generate polygons). It’s a great evolution for video games. The goal is to reach 4K resolution and run at 120 frames per second in any game. However, Microsoft says that some games may even reach 8K resolution.

Ray Tracing technology, which simulates real-time lighting in games, is one of the main new features of the Xbox Series X graphics-wise. With the feature, the graphics will be even more realistic, especially reflections in water, windows and metals.

The console uses a custom AMD processor with Zen 2 and RDNA 2 architecture. It will have GDDR 6 RAM and a high speed NVD SSD drive to store games. The new drive has the ability to load games almost automatically, promising to end loading screens.

  • CPU: 8x Zen 2 at 3.8GHz
  • GPU: 12 TFLOPs, 52 CUs at 1.825GHz, customized RDNA 2
  • Memory: 16GB GDDR6
  • Memory bandwidth: 10GB to 560GB / s, 6GB to 336GB / s
  • Storage: 1TB NVMe custom SSD
  • IO Speed: 2.4GB / s (Raw), 4.8GB / s (Compressed)
  • Expandable memory: 1TB
  • Optical Drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray Drive
  • Performance: 4K at 60 frames per second – up to 120fps

Controller

Unlike the PlayStation 5, the Xbox Series X controller is not much different from its predecessor, but there are some significant changes and improvements. The format is basically the same as the Xbox One controller, but the digital directional has been improved, making it look like the one in Xbox Elite Controller joystick. There is a new Share button, to share content on social media.

The Xbox One controller will work on the Xbox Series X and vice versa. All accessories are compatible with both video games.

Backwards compatibility

Just like on Xbox One, on Xbox Series X you will be able to play games from the original Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One itself. They will receive graphical improvements like better resolution and frame rate. So, you’ll have a huge library of games ready at launch for the new Xbox, with titles from all Microsoft console eras.

Also with the Xbox Game Pass subscription service you have a huge catalog of games to play on both the video game and the PC. And with games streaming on Project xCloud, you can play games wherever you want, on your phone, tablet or on a budget PC.

The cheapest version

The Xbox Series X has a cheaper and less powerful version. It’s called Xbox Series S and it has less graphics capacity, something similar to Xbox One X. It arrives also on November 10th for $299.

Exclusive Games

Many Xbox Series X games are yet to be released on Xbox One, but they will run better on the new console than on the older brother. In addition, the Smart Delivery system allows you to buy games for Xbox One and get them improved for free on Xbox Series X when you buy it.

The Xbox Series X already has a huge list of games to debut at the launch of the video game console and for the following months. Among the main exclusives is Halo Infinite, which marks the return of Master Chief in a game with wide maps and the traditional style gameplay of the series that we love so much. The look of the game in the new generation is spectacular, with much more light and shadow effects.

Avowed is an RPG that was recently announced. Developed by the Obsidian studio (from Fallout: New Vegas and The Outer Worlds), it will have a mixture of sword fighting and a lot of magic – the way the character invokes his spells resembles Doctor Strange.

Forza Motorsport had a trailer that showed all the new graphic features of the Xbox Series X. The cars and tracks have never been so realistic and the game will run in 4K resolution at 60 frames per second and uses ray tracing, creating detailed reflections in the vehicle’s body.

We will still have a new Fable and State of Decay 3. We can expect a new Gears of War in the future and new puzzles in the mentally disturbing Hellblade 2.

Speaking of games from other studios, the Xbox Series X will feature Far Cry 6, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Cyberpunk 2077 as well..

Check out this list with all Xbox Series X confirmed titles. Some arenweren’t announced yet and others are Xbox One versions with improvements:

  • 12 Minutes
  • As Dusk Falls
  • Avowed
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Balan Wonderworld
  • Battlefield 6
  • Bright Memory Infinite
  • Call of the Sea
  • Chivalry 2
  • Chorus
  • Control
  • Cris Tales
  • Crossfire X
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Cygni: All Guns Blazing
  • Demon Turf
  • Destiny 2
  • DiRT 5
  • Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age
  • Dying Light 2
  • Earthlock 2
  • Echo Generation
  • Everwild
  • Exo One
  • Exomecha
  • Fable
  • Far Cry 6
  • FIFA 21
  • Fortnite
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Forza Motorsport
  • Gears 5
  • Gears Tactics
  • Gods and Monsters
  • Gothic Remake
  • Grand Theft Auto 5
  • Grounded
  • Halo Infinite
  • Hitman 3
  • Hello Neighbor 2
  • Hyper Scape
  • In Sound Mind
  • Lake
  • Last Stop
  • Madden NFL 21
  • Mad Streets
  • Marvel’s Avengers
  • Metal Hellsinger
  • MicroMan
  • Moonray
  • NBA 2K21
  • Nth^0 Infinity Reborn
  • Observer (System Redux)
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Outriders
  • Party Crasher Simulator
  • Phantasy Star Online 2
  • Planet Coaster
  • Pragmata
  • Psychonauts 2
  • Psyhotel
  • Rainbow Six Quarantine
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • Recompile
  • Resident Evil: Village
  • Sable
  • Scarlet Nexus
  • Sea of Thieves
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2
  • State of Decay 3
  • Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2
  • Scorn
  • Shredders
  • Song of Iron
  • Soulborn
  • Tetris Effect: Connected
  • Tell Me Why
  • The Artful Escape
  • The Ascent
  • The Big Con
  • The Falconeer
  • The Gunk
  • The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
  • The Medium
  • The Outer Worlds
  • The Sims 5
  • The Second Extinction
  • Tunic
  • Ultimate Fishing Simulator 2
  • Unexplored 2 – The Wayfarer’s Legacy
  • Vampire the Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
  • Vampire the Masquerade – Swansong
  • Warframe
  • Warhammer 40,000: Darktide
  • Watch Dogs Legion
  • Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood
  • WRC 9
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Are you excited for the Xbox Series X? Tell us what you think in the comments section.


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