Finally, we have a release date and an official name for Microsoft’s next-gen console — Xbox Series X. Formerly known as Project Scarlett, Xbox Series X is the fastest, most powerful console ever that is capable of 4K at 60FPS (and up to 120FPS @ 4K), support for Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), and even 8K capability, not bad for a giant black cube.
“Next holiday, Xbox Series X will lead us into the future of console gaming,” said Xbox head Phil Spencer. “Our fastest, most powerful Xbox will set a new bar for performance, speed, compatibility.” Phil isn’t joking either! The Xbox Series X will feature a custom-designed AMD Zen 2 processor and next generation RDNA architecture that is capable of producing hardware accelerated Ray Tracing.
As you expect with a new console, Microsoft also confirmed a new Xbox Wireless Controller that will accompany the Xbox Series X. Not much was mentioned about the new controller other than it will feature a new “Share button to make capturing screenshots and game clips simple and an advanced d-pad derived from the Xbox Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller“. But the best news is that the new Xbox Wireless Controller will be compatible with all existing Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs!
The next holiday season is still 12 months away, but Microsoft promises “the largest and and most creatively-diverse lineup of exclusive games in our history” for this launch, including the annoucement of the first official Xbox Series X games, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 and Halo: Infinite. Combine this with 15 Xbox Game Studios already developing titles for the next-gen console, the Xbox Series X is promising to be one epic launch!