However, according to Microsoft, the Xbox Series X is just one of their consoles that are to be part of their latest entry in the next coming console generation. It also stated that, the new system will be referred to as just, “Xbox“.
According to a Microsoft representative, this generation’s line of systems will be “Xbox,” much like “Xbox One” was used this generation despite the later release of the Xbox One S and Xbox One X consoles. Xbox Series X will be the first of these, with the representative adding that it “adds room for additional consoles in the future.”
Microsoft also confirmed that there’s a second version of its next-generation Xbox in works, and the system is allegedly called “Lockhart” internally. According to reports, it will have about one-third the processing power of its big sibling and will not feature a disc drive since it will be relying on Microsoft’s Project xCloud streaming service which will also be compatible with devices like mobile phones to give players console-quality gaming experiences on the go.
Now that we know Microsoft is on a run to confuse users more with its system naming, one has to wonder what the Series X is all about.
What we know about the Xbox Series X
Since the launch of the Xbox One six years ago, Microsoft has made significant changes to its platform bringing to life the Xbox One S and One X, which were a drive to compete with Sony’s PS4 Slim and Pro versions.
The Xbox Series X, despite its tower design has crossed between the boundaries of console and PC gaming. It looks like a PC tower compared to its earlier counterparts like the One X and S in physical design.
According to leaked documents and reports, the Series X system will have a GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) called, “Arcturus 12” giving the console about 12 TFLOPS of power, a custom AMD CPU with Zen 2 and Navi technology and will use GDDR6 memory.
There is also a possibility that the Xbox Series X could have 16GB of RAM since the One X uses 12GB of GDDR5. It will also be capable of ray tracing, Auto Low Latency Mode and Dynamic Latency Input with of 4K gameplay at 60 frames per second as well as 8K visuals.
The Series X is expected to have backwards compatibility according to Microsoft allowing players to play previous systems’ games on the new generation which is really awesome.
The Xbox Series X is expected to launch during the holidays in 2020 with a price not yet stated though based on previous and current pricing structure it could go for $400 (UGX 1,468,120) which could be lower than PS5’s $500 (UGX 1,835,150). This is all speculation until the final launch.
With the continuous advancement in cloud gaming services like Google’s Stadia, Xbox and Sony are also looking at the future and will be giving their players the ability to play games using their upcoming cloud services.
Will the Xbox Series X be able to stand tall against the upcoming PlayStation 5 which is rumored to be more powerful with higher specs under the hood? Time will tell.
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Author: Allan Bangirana
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