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Xbox Series X, all the details revealed by Microsoft

marzo 19, 2020

Xbox Series X certainly a step forward when it comes to presentation. If the rival Sony has very few leaked news, almost all unofficial, a very different story for the Microsoft console, unveiled long ago, and of which Microsoft today releases many of the official features.

First of all, Xbox Series X will offer an eight-core fixed-frequency AMD Zen 2 semi-customized processor at 3.85 GHz (3.66 GHz with SMT in use), with a core reserved for the basic functions of the system. The new Xbox will also have 16 GB of GDDR6 RAM, although only 10 GB with a bandwidth of 560 GB / s. The remaining 6 GB run at "standard" 336 GB / s, with 3.5 GB reserved for less demanding gaming activities and 2.5 GB for the operating system.

As for the 12 teraflop GPU, here are the new details: composed of 52 computing units running at a fixed clock of 1.825 GHz (many to understand the power of the console, an RX 5700 XT card has 40 computing units). Microsoft says it will result in greater visual detail and higher frame rates, with the goal of aiming for 4K at 60 frames per second, with support at 120 FPS. In this way you can play an optimized version of Gears 5 with Ultra detail settings at more than 100FPS, with features that not even a high-end gaming PC can manage, such as shadows and automatic lighting.

Xbox Series X, all the details revealed by Microsoft

Archiving also plays an important role in the console. The system will be equipped with a 1 TB NVMe SSD that uses an Xbox Velocity architecture to make 100 GB of game content "immediately accessible". This will facilitate the execution of gigantic open world games, for example. It also helps speed up the Quick Resume function which allows you to jump between games.

And if on the one hand the 1 TB SSD may not be very large, Microsoft also promises support for a 1 TB "expansion card" that offers the same performance as the internal drive, in addition to USB 3.2 support for external drives slower. The console also features a 4K Blu-ray disc drive, although it is clear that optical media is not the center of attention.

Xbox Series X, all the details revealed by Microsoft

In addition, although Microsoft always shows the central unit in a vertical position, it is possible to lay the X Series on one side, therefore position it horizontally: the huge steam cooling and the primary fan work in both orientations, in case it is necessary insert the system even in more closed spaces.

The new Xbox Series X should be ready for launch during the holiday season, provided that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic does not slow down the roadmap in any way.

It is not yet clear how much the console will cost and how much it will be able to compete, at the time of release, with high-end gaming PCs. For its part, Sony has not yet shown all its cards for PlayStation 5, which is why the challenge between the two consoles remains today without a favorite contender.

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