Microsoft announced its next-gen console back at E3 2019 as ‘Project Scarlett’. While we had all kinds of leaks and rumours over the months leading to 2020, now the company has officially released the official specs for the upcoming console. Planned for late 2020, the Xbox Series X packs some impressive hardware which promises to take the gaming experience to the next level. Here are some highlights.

The Specs

The most important thing we know right now is that the console will be capable of up to 12 teraflops of GPU performance. That is twice as much as the current Xbox One X and about eight times as much as the original Xbox One. This is important because this pushes the console closer to the performance that gamers expect from desktop gaming hardware.

The highlights of the Series X

“Xbox Series X delivers a true generational leap in processing and graphics power with cutting edge techniques resulting in higher framerates, larger, more sophisticated game worlds, and an immersive experience unlike anything seen in console gaming,” claims Xbox chief Phil Spencer.

Along with that, we know now that the console will come with a custom CPU based on AMD’s Zen 2 and Radeon RDNA 2 architecture. Additionally, the onboard NVMe SSD also promises to boost gaming performance and reduce load times.

The Features

The Xbox Series X will be capable of 8K gaming. With 8K TVs launching this year, this will make for a very immersive gaming experience. Frame rates of up to 120fps will be possible on the console, making gaming extra smooth.

If you’ve liked the Quick Resume feature on the Xbox One, the Xbox Series X will upgrade that by allowing you to resume multiple games from a suspended state. This will make switching between games a lot easier. Additionally, Microsoft has promised that the console will be fully backwards-compatible – which means that the games from your Xbox and Xbox 360 will also work on the Xbox Series X, as well as future games releasing this year.

The Unknown

As of now, we do not have any details about the pricing, launch date, availability and whether any other devices will be launching in this series anytime soon. We might get to know more about these in the upcoming months.

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