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Xbox X Series: Everything You Need To Know Before It’s Released


David Mudd

We now know everything we could want to know about the Xbox Series X. This is somewhat incredible, considering that it’s still months away. We don’t even have a concrete release date. All we know is that it’s coming out during the holiday season of 2020.

Powerful CPU and GPU (Xbox X Series)

So, what’s the Series X packing under the hood? A really, really powerful gaming console is what. At its heart is an octa-core CPU, with each core running at an incredible 3.8 GHz. Multi-threaded use does drop the core clock to 3.66 GHz, but that’s a negligible difference. It’s based on AMD’s Zen 2 architecture, which we’ve already seen in their newer Ryzen CPUs.

Xbox X Series

The graphics processor is also an absolute beast. Coming in at 12.155 teraflops, it boasts 52 compute units and runs at 1.825 GHz. This component is also based on AMD’s RDNA2 architecture, which is part of their newer graphics cards, such as the RX5700 XT. How do these numbers translate into gameplay? Microsoft is hoping that this console can hit 4K at 60 fps, at least. It also boasts support for 8K content and up to 120 fps.

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Serious Upgrades Over The Xbox One (Xbox X Series)

It also has 16 GB GDDR RAM, 10 GB of which runs at 560 GB/s, while the remaining 6 GB runs at a slower 360 GB/s. Essentially, that faster 10 GB is primarily for games, while the slower 6 GB is split into two parts. 3.5 GB for smaller tasks, such as audio, while 2.5 GB is reserved for the operating system itself.

The star of the show has to be the 1 TB NVME SSD. This is a massive leap forward for the newer consoles, as they finally ditch the antiquated HDDs. This fast storage allows for incredible features such as “Quick Resume”. It allows you to switch from one game to another in a matter of seconds. You could essentially have five games running simultaneously.

Some Nostalgic Elements

The Xbox Series X also brings back memory cards in a sense. Microsoft is allowing users to expand their storage through external NVME SSDs that they’ll be selling specifically for this console. They all slot into a port on the back of the console.

This ensures that those who want more storage won’t lose out on any performance. Those who wish to play older Xbox titles, or simply store newer titles, can still do so using a regular external USB drive.

Xbox X Series

Microsoft’s candid communication about the Xbox Series X is in stark contrast to Sony’s near silence regarding the PlayStation 5. On the one hand, we know what the Xbox Series X looks like, what its specs are and so much more. On the other, we know certain details about the PlayStation 5, we’ve seen its logo, but we haven’t even seen the console yet.

It’ll be quite interesting to see how this console generation plays out.