Microsoft’s next-generation console has been revealed as the “Xbox Series X”. Announced live during The Games Awards, the Xbox Series X will, of course, be Microsoft’s most powerful console ever and is expected to run a host of games across the past three Xbox generations (via backwards compatibility) as well as the very latest games when it launches late next year.
Sporting an industrial design, the focus is clearly on function and efficiency rather than form which will no doubt prove to be divisive. Microsoft has stated the console will support both vertical and horizontal orientation.
Take a look at Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox in the reveal video below.
Alongside the Xbox Series X, Microsoft has also revealed the new Xbox wireless controller – a refined version of the current shape aimed to accommodate even more gamers. Stand out features include a new Share button to make capturing screenshots and game clips a walk in the park, and a d-pad which comes straight from the Xbox Elite Series 2 wireless controller. The new controller will be compatible with Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs and will be included with every Xbox Series X.
The Xbox Series X will provide 4K visuals at 60fps, with the possibility of frame rates as high as 120 fps, including support for Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), and 8K capability. Powered by a custom-designed Zen 2 AMD processor, the Xbox Series X will deliver hardware-accelerated ray tracing and a “new level of performance never before seen in a console“. The console will also feature Variable Rate Shading (VRS) technology and the next-generation SSD is expected to all but eliminate loading times, we’re keeping our fingers crossed anyway.
Microsoft also revealed an Xbox Series X game: Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II. The sequel to Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice from Ninja Theory is said to leverage the full power of Xbox Series X. The footage shared was seemingly captured in-engine, take a look at it in the video below.
With PlayStation rumoured to reveal their console in February 2020, the next generation will begin to shape up in a matter of months. Both Sony and Microsoft will release their upcoming consoles during the latter portion of 2020. We look forward to hearing more on the launch line up of games in the coming months.