SAN MATEO, Calif. – During the Game Awards 2019, Microsoft surprised all of its fans by shadow launching the trailer reveal for its upcoming Xbox console, getting ahead of its competition in the market.
The new Xbox console that will be the next generation for the console gaming experience from Microsoft was named the Xbox Series X. And after it was officially shown during the Awards, there are now a lot of details about the upcoming console — from its business model and specs to other areas of the machine and its design concept as well.
With the recent reveal from Microsoft, the idea of the Xbox Series X is becoming more real in the eyes of its many fans, but more information about the new gaming console is expected to come out in the coming months ahead as both Microsoft and Sony will start the pre-order period for their new consoles.
But so far, there are a lot of things about the Xbox Series X that console gamers are excited to talk about.
For the basics, the name of the next generation gaming console from Microsoft is Xbox Series X, which, according to a lot of fans, sounds a lot similar to the previous Xbox One X. In terms of the design concept and a closer look as to what the new Xbox will look like, it seems like Microsoft is largely leaning towards providing a simplistic miniature PC aesthetic to the Series X.
In the business model front, Microsoft is not simply planning to offer the new and better Xbox Series X. Instead, it’s planning to offer customers multiple versions of the console to offer a more personalized gaming console options for everyone.
The primary difference between the multiple versions of consoles under the Series X line will be the technology they are going to have, as well as the performance that console gamers can get out of them. Although only one version of the console was shown to the public, according to rumors, there will be a cheaper model of the Series X.
Although the plans of Microsoft to release multiple models of its upcoming gaming console is getting a lot of buzz, the Series X, overall, features a lot of power and potential. It is expected to be the most powerful Xbox ever made yet. If rumors are to be believed, the upcoming Xbox series X might even be more powerful than the Xbox One X, which is considered as the most powerful gaming console available in the market at the moment.
Based on updates, the development kits for the Series X have been in the wild for quite some time. All the 15 Xbox Games Studies, as well as other companies, have already been working towards coming up with titles for the next generation. And according to reports, the new Series X will also be fully backward compatible, great news for those who don’t want to miss out on their favorite games from the Xbox One.
The design of the console and its accompanying controller has gone out as well during the announcement. The Series X, which looks quite similar to a PC tower, can be placed horizontally or vertically. Compared to an Xbox controller, the console box is only a little bit wider, and there shouldn’t be an issue with fitting it easily in any setup.
In terms of the controller design for the new Series X, it comes with a somewhat similar controller to the one that comes with the Xbox One. The only difference is that the controller for Series X will include a share button at the center. There is also a new D-Pad for the controller of the Series X, although it’s the same from the Elite Series controllers with a bit smaller and features a different curvature for a better feel.
Fortunately, the controllers of the previous Xbox console can still be used in Series X, which is another reason there aren’t a lot of drastic changes in the new controllers.
And just like the Xbox One, the Series X features the same ports at the back part of the console but has a single USB port placed at the front.
With the upcoming PlayStation 5 from Sony, the new Xbox Series X will also shift towards SSD storage for a better load time as well as for a streamlined process for developers in programming their games for access in both PCs and consoles. The new adjustment will also affect the performance of older games in the new console.
Currently, Microsoft is partnering with AMD for a custom processor and it will be another feature for Series X, which uses both Navi and Zen 2 cards. Compared to Xbox One X, the new Xbox Series X is expected to be at least four times faster and more powerful. It is even rumored to be able to support 8k gaming resolutions as well, although that isn’t going to be anytime soon.
According to Phil Spencer, the Executive VP of Gaming at Microsoft, the area that they want to focus on the Xbox series X as the next-gen console is the playability and frame rate of the games. According to him, what they want for the Series X is to load games incredibly fast while making sure that the game is offered in the highest frame rate possible.
In terms of how much the new Xbox Series X will cost, there isn’t any update yet. However, the team has spoken that the mistake with pricing the Xbox One will not be repeated when they launch the Series X.
Spencer said that what happened with the Xbox One has been a learning curve and for the new console, they will not be out of power when it comes to the pricing.
Previously, the Xbox One was priced at $500 during its launch but was then dropped quickly to $400 to match the PS4. With this, the next-gen gaming console is predicted to launch at around $500 for the base version, with a more powerful version in the line expected to cost around $600.
The launch date for the new Xbox Series X is expected during the holiday season in 2020. And with that kind of release date, it might be out of stock before the Black Friday seasonal rush and the shopping season on the Christmas holiday.
With both the older consoles Xbox 360 and Xbox One had a November 22 release date, some are expecting that the new Xbox Series X will be out during that date in 2020 as well.